Hiba Al Hasnawi
Hiba Al Hasnawi is a returning VISTA who served last year with Literacy Minnesota’s Open Door Learning Center at Arlington Hills. She has a degree in mechanical engineering and moved from Iraq to the United States just a few years ago, but today Hiba is embracing her passion for education and connecting people to resources. She is excited to continue with our cohort in her new role as VISTA Leader! In her spare time, she volunteers with the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) to help coordinate cultural exchange trips between sister cities of Minneapolis and Najaf.
As one of two VISTA Leaders for 2020-21, Hiba's role is to provide peer mentoring and support to Literacy Minnesota's two statewide AmeriCorps VISTA programs: Literacy Leadership (19 year-long VISTAs) and Summer Reads (about 70 summer associate VISTAs). VISTA Leaders and Outreach Specialist VISTAs are the first point of contact for AmeriCorps VISTA national service members serving with our agency. In this role, they plan member trainings, manage communications, provide advice and support to members, and assist with new member recruitment. VISTA Leaders must have completed at least one year of full-time national service before becoming a VISTA Leader.