Class of 2017
Omar is a senior in Mather House studying government with a secondary in economics and a citation in Arabic. He is a native of Malden, MA, and is the proud son of Yemeni-American parents. His academic interests lie in developing a coherent understanding of democratic group participation amid the weakening of domestic party politics and how this trend impacts important policy areas. His primary extracurricular interests revolve around grassroots politics, education, and youth work. He has served as a youth worker at the Malden Teen Enrichment Center for the past two years, mentoring young people from his former high school and designing programs for their academic and social development. He has also been active in politics in his hometown and works to engage young people and Muslim Americans in the political process.
In 2015, Omar co-founded MassMuslims, an organization dedicated to encouraging political and civic advocacy, engagement, and leadership in young Muslim and minority communities. MassMuslims was founded under the mentorship of Cambridge City Councilor Nadeem Mazen, and this past summer Omar worked under Mazen and others at Jetpac Inc., a Cambridge-based nonprofit dedicated to increasing minority engagement and participation in the democratic process. At Harvard, Omar served two terms as the director of external relations for the Harvard Islamic Society and on the leadership team of the Harvard Political Union. He has volunteered with numerous youth groups, the Harvard Prison Education Program, and the Y2Y in Harvard Square, a student-run overnight shelter for young adults experiencing homelessness. Along with volunteering, he also enjoys playing soccer, Ping-Pong, and basketball in his free time.