“Considering that more than 32% of Cambridge residents are under 25 years-old, Nadya, as a young person, can relate more closely to many of the people she would be representing in our community. Nadya can open up new doors for more open, honest communication with young residents. As a student of Harvard College, Nadya is in a unique position to work with students and administrators of the institution. Collaborating with the five different institutions in Cambridge and encouraging civic engagement amongst young residents provide for additional resources and perspectives that are valuable to making Cambridge a better home for all.”
-Anisa Ahmed, Harvard student and Development Director
The city of Cambridge has some of the best universities in the world and we can work collaboratively with these institutions, to create innovative solutions to some of the issues our city faces. Students attending the institutions in Cambridge are excelling in a multitude of disciplines, engaging in meaningful service, and doing cutting-edge research, all of which can be contributed to bettering our community. The institutions have the resources to work with urban planning and policy but lack the encouragement and incentive to invest back into their local community. I will work with the universities in Cambridge to help enforce sustainable living and combat environmental issues. I hope to bridge the divide that exists between the government, community, and universities to pave the way for innovations that benefit us all.
We have more than 46,490 students in Cambridge, some of whom are attending some of the wealthiest and most well-endowed educational institutions in our world. Even with such a significant population of students in Cambridge, we lack student representation in our municipal government. Students make up more than 40% of the Cambridge population yet have never had direct representation on the city council. Many students feel disconnected from the community, even though they benefit from the same local businesses, transportation, and parks as other Cambridge residents. As a passionate advocate for youth voice and a student at Harvard College, I can increase involvement in existing service activities and facilitate new collaborations between the institutions and the local community, engaging the leadership and efforts of young people. Since students convene here on campuses and call Cambridge home for usually at least four years, I see a need to invest in efforts for community development, especially when it comes to creating opportunities for Cambridge youth. I aim to expand existing mentorship, tutoring, and afterschool programs offered by the universities in Cambridge. Four years of service, commitment, and involvement within the community can leave a monumental impact on generations to come.