Arabi Hassan is a rising senior studying Sociology. Her career interests include developing effective and equitable policies to address inequalities in the education system. She grew up in Bangladesh and was exposed to the devastating effects of extreme poverty from an early age. This exposure, along with her experience working with students from low-income and immigrant backgrounds in Los Angeles, has shaped her passion and desire to expand access to education for youth from low-income families, both in the United States and in Bangladesh.
Currently, she is a research assistant at the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley School of Law, where she compiles evidence of hate crimes and hate speech against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar. In addition, she is an intern at the East Bay Community Law Center, where she works with low-income clients to help them find effective solutions to issues related to consumer protection laws.
This summer, she hopes to gain a better understanding of how the Los Angeles city government interacts with communities and how best to empower low-income and immigrant communities to become active participants in their government and gain access to the resources they need to thrive.