Iman Abdul was born and raised in Brooklyn, and has dedicated her life to empowering New York City youth. Abdul has conducted research on school segregation, led youth-centered projects around resource allocation, engaged in a city-wide school exchange, co-written a national curriculum, organized a student-led march at City Hall, and has participated in numerous panel and policy discussions. Abdul has experienced the unfortunate reality of public school segregation herself, noting that her bi-racial identity has deeply impacted her academic experience.
Abdul’s work as the Director of Curriculum Design & Educational Engagement for IntegrateNYC strengthens her commitment to tackling school segregation within the NYC public education system. Her position at IntegrateNYC has prompted another as the Leadership Development Specialist for ASPIRA of NY, an organization that empowers Latinx and minority youth across NYC through leadership development and college access resources. Abdul has been awarded the 2018 Colin Powell School for Civic & Global Leadership: Partners for Change Health Justice Fellowship, is a recipient of the 2016 Hector M. Gesualdo Scholarship and Comíte Noviembre Scholarship.
Abdul is currently enrolled at The City College of New York, double majoring in Childhood Education and Sociology as well as minoring in Latino & Latin American Studies. Abdul hopes to find the intersection between art, education, and activism in her pursuit to attain her Master’s in Education, and someday, be the Chancellor of the NYC Department of Education.