Sidra graduated with honors from Wayne State University with a BA in Political Science. While at Wayne State University, Sidra was awarded numerous grants that allowed her to pursue her self-designed research in building sustainable orphanages. Her work has led her to Turkey, Honduras, and the Netherlands where she worked on preventative health measures, environmental sustainability, and access to education. Sidra also has interned in upstate New York for an interfaith and social justice non-profit organization as well as awarded certification for international relations as a young diplomat by the government of Turkey for her work in Ankara.
Sidra has served as a teacher and tutor in Detroit Public Schools for over three years where she worked as a literacy interventionist, an English teacher, and an art teacher. While Sidra's work in Detroit included non-profit work in elementary, middle, and high schools, some of her most rewarding work included a program that aided students transitioning from high school to college. Sidra's passion for education and social justice has led her to temporarily forgo law school in pursuit of graduate work at Harvard Divinity School.
Sidra grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan where she honed her passion for skiing, snowboarding, and tennis. Sidra's undergraduate career gave her an opportunity to not only work in Detroit as a teacher, but to also engage with the city on a deeper level. Following her graduation from Wayne State University, Sidra co-founded Detroit Is My Home (DIMH), a non-profit organization that aims to serve the individuals experiencing homelessness. Since its founding, DIMH has been at the forefront of service campaigns with volunteers assisting at Syrian refugee camps, helping with the Flint water crisis, and forging close relationships with various homeless shelters. At Harvard, Sidra is hoping to challenge the stigma surrounding incarcerated students and is actively working with professors and students alike to draw attention to the mass incarceration industrial complex through concerted efforts targeting curricular change. When she's not skiing in the winter, Sidra enjoys riding her motorcycle (a Ninja 250 affectionately known as Yoshi) in the summer.