Sahar Mahmood
Michigan State University, Recruitment Coordinator

Sahar Mahmood is a recruitment coordinator in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. In this role, she is able to work with high school students - juniors and seniors - in the state of Michigan and throughout the country in regards to college. She is passionate about education, working with young people, and being a guide to college access.

Originally from Afghanistan, her family had to resettle in Pakistan and then again in Michigan. Growing up in three different countries gave Sahar a reason and passion for wanting to make the world a better place. Sahar received her B.A. in Comparative Cultures and Politics from Michigan State University. Subsequently she served as an AmeriCorps Member through City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley where she worked to bridge the education gap through social emotional skill building and class interventions. After a year of volunteer work, Sahar moved back to her hometown of East Lansing, MI where she worked in a non-profit, Peckham Inc., as a youth services specialist. At Peckham, she worked with court involved youth to develop job skills and set SMART goals. She conducted one-on-one skills training, relationship building, and provided resources and support in efforts to motivate youth to graduate high school and maintain employment. Sahar is also extremely passionate about intentional traveling and has led two study abroad programs for high school students – one to Dominican Republic and one to Costa Rica.

Sahar’s experience with youth in different forums has given her a diverse understanding on young people and their environments and challenges. Sahar will continue to empower young people through education.