Hasher Nisar

Cheshire, CT

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France France 2014


Born in the United States and raised in Pakistan, Hasher Nisar is a rising senior at Middlebury College, where he is majoring in Political Science. At the age of 7, he moved to Pakistan to learn more about his religion and culture. He spent the next 8 years of his life in Islamabad before moving back to the United States in 2008. He is a Fellow for Humanity in Action, an opportunity through which he explores the national histories of discrimination and resistance, along with the challenges faced by minorities today. As a research assistant at Middlebury College, he helps analyze how minority groups are portrayed in the media by coding headlines from major newspapers such as the New York Times and the Guardian. In addition to his academic work, he works with advocacy groups and serves on boards. He is an Opportunity Nation leader through which he advocates for expanding upward mobility and removing barriers to advancement in the United States. He has also served on the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, working with 29 other individuals to distribute $10 million in service-learning grants to communities across the United States and Canada. As a board member for HOPE VT, a locally funded poverty agency in Middlebury, VT, he seeks to understand how issues such as homelessness and hunger can be solved at the local level. As an E3! Ambassador for The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, he seeks to educate, empower, and engage AAPI communities. Currently, he also serves on the Pearson Student Advisory Board, providing product development teams with feedback on future digital products and communicating the needs and concerns of students to Pearson executives. Among his many accolades, he is also a Gates Millennium, Horatio Alger, and Nordstrom scholar. After Middlebury, he plans to pursue a career in public service.

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