“It is truly an honor to be recognized by Asian Women in Business. Throughout my educational and professional career, I have developed a distinct understanding for the importance of advocacy and working towards social change to improve the lives of diverse populations. The AWIB Scholarship motivates me to continue to advocate for women’s
- Sanjida Meem, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Class of 2017
Major: Forensic Psychology | Minor: Criminology and Sociology
Sanjida is the founder of Women’s Empowerment Society (WES), a student organization which focuses on raising awareness and advocating for women’s issues on the John Jay campus community and beyond. Under Sanjida’s leadership, WES developed programs that highlight women’s issues: Women’s History Month Speed Mentoring- which allowed students to connect directly with professionals in fields such as law enforcement, public relations, finance, counseling and non-profit sector, and a college-wide campaign against sexual harassment on the streets - which included a social media video where students shared their opinions, thoughts and experiences.
Sanjida was also instrumental in developing fundraising events for women in other countries by collaborating with various departments within John Jay College and with other non-profit organizations. The proceeds for one particular fundraising event went to a non-profit organization, Pro Mujer, which supports Latin American women’s development. Sanjida has an understanding of the unique challenges minority women face in classrooms and professional settings. She is hoping that WES will continue to be a resource for minority women in the John Jay community, and to empower female voices to be heard on campus.
Sanjida also served as a volunteer for the NYS Prison-to-College Pipeline program, where she was a “learning exchange student” at a Correctional facility. She engaged with incarcerated individuals who were enrolled in college. Sanjida would like to pursue a career working with formerly and currently incarcerated individuals. She hopes to contribute to reform efforts for girls and young women involved in the criminal justice system.