Saida Dahir is an award-winning poet, student activist, and Unicef Uniter who advocates against intolerance and racism and uses her voice to speak out on behalf of vulnerable children around the world.
Saida, currently a sophomore at U.C. Berkeley, emigrated from Somalia to the US when she was three. She wrote her first poem at age seven, and in high school, she published her debut poetry album, The Walking Stereotype. The album addresses topics such as cultural displacement, gun violence, and her decision to wear a hijab. Saida hopes that The Walking Stereotype will “encourage people to know that anyone can get through the most surmountable challenges, and that past traumas and heartbreak do not define you.”