Nadila Yusuf ’11

Nadila Yusuf 2011Nadila Yusuf ’11 says that leadership and teaching have been constants in her life, starting in high school. During those years, as she worked through her own cultural and religious identity crisis as an Islamic Bangladeshi-American attending a predominantly white Catholic high school, she was the one to take the lead by founding a multicultural club to help her peers learn about and embrace diversity. And during her four years at Wheaton, teaching has been an integral part of her experiences—in settings from Rhode Island to Ghana. All of the experiences have paid off. Yusuf, a Flushing, N.Y., resident, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Bangladesh. As a teacher in Dhaka, Bangladesh, she plans to create inventive lessons and programs through group projects aimed at fostering academic development, interaction and a peer-to-peer learning environment. “Receiving the English teaching assistantship will allow me to continue to pursue my goals as an educator and fuel my passion to work with youth and young adults in a variety of settings.”