Nasser Eid is an undergraduate student at Yale University intending to double major in African American Studies and Political Science. Nasser is interested in African American literature, music, and protest. He is inspired by the moral energy of John Coltrane, the prophetic fire of James Baldwin, and the sincerity of Malcolm X. As a Muslim, Nasser is devoted to using his faith as the spiritual source of his quest for peace to exist in our world.
On campus, Nasser has taken courses on the self and how it comes into being, colonialism and revolution, post-war African American essays, and political philosophy. Nasser writes for The Politic and The Yale Undergraduate Human Rights Journal. He also advocates for polices to end homelessness and mass incarceration in Connecticut through the Yale Undergraduate Legal Aid Association and the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project.
Prior to Yale, Nasser was a community organizer for Black Lives Matter Paterson. Nasser served Paterson by distributing hot meals on the corner and helping to plan a community fridge. Nasser values the stories of joy, struggle, and integrity that Paterson residents have shared with him. He hopes to capture their spirit in the classroom and at the steps of city hall.
Nasser also served as a researcher for Chivona Newsome’s 2020 Campaign for the House Of Representatives (District NY-15). Nasser was responsible for collecting information on policies that cause homelessness, poverty, and police violence in the South Bronx. Nasser’s findings were used to create policy proposals. He is expanding his involvement in the community by interning with The Bronx Defenders, a public defenders office.
In his downtime, Nasser enjoys spending time with his family, praying with others in the mosque, and going on walks. You can spot him in Arabic cafes eating kunafa with mint tea!