Nida Hasan, in her role as Communication Manager at Impact for Equity, is on a mission to weave personal storytelling, conscious-accessibility design, and systemic change into the fabric of the organization. Leading with her commitment to developing nuanced and humanizing narratives, Nida collaborates with Impact for Equity’s staff, key external stakeholders, and constituents. Her focus is on crafting stories that shed light on how systemic inequities impact individuals and communities in Chicago, particularly within the realms of a racially biased criminal legal system, housing, and economic disparities.
Before stepping into her current role, Nida served as the Civic Engagement Coordinator at the Indo-American Center from 2019 to 2021. During this period, her dedication to civic engagement was evident through her involvement in non-partisan Get Out the Vote efforts and her instrumental role in developing field and communication strategies for Census 2020. Nida is a dedicated facilitator of language justice, accessibility design, and crafting culturally resonate messaging for South Asian communities residing on the Northwest side of Chicago.
In 2021, Nida played a pivotal role in the passage of the Teaching Equitable Asian American Community History (TEAACH) Act, groundbreaking legislation that made Illinois the first state to examine critical race and the role of Asian American communities in the United States in public schools. Her advocacy aimed at the inclusion of a K to 12 unit on Asian American history in Illinois public schools, covering the rich history, organizing, and civic contributions of AAPI communities across the United States. Nida’s dedication further extended to empowering directly impacted youth leaders in the Northwest side of Chicago, driving their communication strategies, and actively participating in the Asian American Advancing Justice TEAACH Coalition.
In 2019, Nida led field strategies for the National Asian Pacific Women’s Action Forum (NAPAWF) Chicago, focusing on the Repeal Parental Notice of Abortion Act. Her outreach efforts addressed the dangers and legal barriers faced by AAPI women, femmes, and nonbinary individuals seeking abortion services in Illinois.
Nida finds solace in exploring the Midwestern forestry through hikes, expresses her creative side by hand-making pasta, and embraces the art of slowing down to let life catch up to its pace.