Aisha brings over 15 years of experience in the field of higher education and the non-profit sector to OMED, with a commitment to supporting students’ academic and professional development. She is an award-winning higher education administrator, champion for inclusivity, and community; joining the OMED team in October 2022.
Her approach to working with students is holistic in nature. She believes in creating a sense of community to provide solutions and results; driven by a passion to serve and empower those around her. Her door is always open to assistance, support, or meet with students who just want to talk. She received the “Phenomenal Women of the Year” award in 2019 from Clark Atlanta University during the Women’s Empowerment Brunch. Aisha is also the author of, “Mommy’s Smile,” which highlights the challenges of living with autism from the perspective of a young boy named Josiah.
A longtime advocate for the underserved, she has partnered with NYPIRG (New York Public Interest Research Group), Autism Speaks, the Alzheimer’s Association, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Association, the Institute of International Education (IIE), The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Southern Partners Fund, Southeastern Council of Foundations, ICare4Autism, Save A Girl Save A World (SAGSAW), Higher Colleges of Technology, and her personal favorite, is the work that she gets to do as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, to uplift black and brown communities.
She holds BA and MA degrees from Stony Brook University in NY. She is currently completing her PhD in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Educational Leadership. Her research focuses on cross-race academic advising Latina/o students attending predominantly white institutions.
Realizing that she had the opportunity to teach anywhere in the world, she chose to do so through her writing, empowerment workshops, speaking engagements, volunteering and through her community service projects. Aisha has always wanted to touch the lives of people in a meaningful way and to be able to give back as much as she has been given and is happy, she can do so in her current role as OMED’s program and operations manager.