• About:

      Saara Arshid is a senior at Hunter College and will be graduating in Spring 2018 with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, and a Certificate in Public Policy. She is a member of the Hunter College Roosevelt Scholars Program and the JFEW Eleanor Roosevelt Scholars program.

      Throughout her time at Hunter, she has taken an interdisciplinary approach to her studies and has utilized a historical perspective alongside the intersection of race, gender and class to identify key issues, and develop a concrete understanding of social relations and political structures. The crux of Saara’s studies have been centered around the law, public education and criminal justice. Some of the research she has conducted has involved work on prisoner re-entry, alternatives to incarceration, and the provision of healthcare in prisons to both men and women.

      Saara has developed a strong interest in human rights, community action and public advocacy. This passion has only been amplified by her ongoing involvement with the Roosevelt House community and through her professional endeavors, including her internships with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office and Senator Leroy Comrie’s office. Saara’s coffee-drinking habits have grown alongside her spirit and passion, and she hopes to continue advocating for progress after graduation by working with non-profit organizations or city agencies in the short-run, and attending law school within the next few years.