Ommay Farah

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School or University/College
Vanderbilt University
Grade or Year in School
First Year
Place(s) you call home
Nashville, TN
What song can you not stop listening to right now?
Kali Kali Zulfaein by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

What is a quote or saying you live by?

“It always seems impossible until it is done” – Nelson Mandela

What education policy or justice issue do you care about most and why?

The education issue I care most about is early childhood access to education. A child’s brain grows the most from the age of zero to five, and most children don’t have proper access to education at this time. Because they don’t have access to early childcare, they are far behind their peers by the time they are in first grade. According to the U.S. News, Tennessee is 33 in the country when it comes to education rankings. The childcare crisis in Tennessee doesn’t help these rankings and more importantly it doesn’t help the children that will be the future of our state. It is crucial that we invest in children at an early age because these children will become the future.

What are you looking forward to this year as a League Leader for the EmpowerED Network?

I am looking forward to connecting with other students passionate about education advocacy. I’m also looking forward to hosting panels and other discussions.

What is one thing you hope the EmpowerED Network accomplishes this year?

I hope that the EmpowerED network is able to have various discussions that engage local students.

What qualities do you admire in a leader?

I admire their ability to manage and listen to those they are leading.

Why should students join the EmpowerED Network?

Students should join the network in order to advocate for their peers and to create new relationships with a network of great students.