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Omnia Hamdan

Omnia HamdanFrom: Atbara, Sudan; Dresden, Germany; Denver, Colorado
Division II Concentration: Political Theory and Poetry

Thirteen colleges accepted Omnia Hamdan, but the choice turned out to be clear. “I knew I wanted a place where I could study politics, creative writing, and languages, but that wasn’t enough,” she recalls.

“I also wanted a school with a passionate, diverse student body, capable of dismantling the box, continually asking critical questions and discussing issues of social justice.”

Hamdan found it at Hampshire and dove in. She’s one of the leaders of Hampshire’s chapter of Amnesty International, and is working to start a campus chapter of Students Against Mass Incarceration (SAMI).

One of Hamdan’s favorite things about Hampshire is the Five College consortium. Aside from the classes she’s been able to take, including a poetry class with Martín Espada at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she says “the consortium is also a great way to connect with activists!”

Beyond the Five Colleges, Hamdan has worked in the Connections program in nearby Holyoke. Then she started a more long-term project. Hamdan and two other Hampshire students now facilitate a club to empower high schoolers to create their own after school curricula, and teach them at middle and elementary schools

“I also wanted a school with a passionate, diverse student body, capable of dismantling the box, continually asking critical questions and discussing issues of social justice.”
 
 

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