Nesreen Hasan was born and raised on the southwest side of Chicago to a Palestinian family. She graduated from Governors State University, majoring in Criminology and minoring in Social Work. She finished her MA in Social Work from the UIC Jane Addams School of Social Work. Before Joining the Arab American Cultural Center (ArabAmCC), Nesreen was a lead youth organizer in the Chicago Arab Community for six years. Her work in the community entailed training youth in leadership development, advocacy, skills building, and social change worked. She worked with Arab American families by building bridges between immigrant parents and first-generation youth. Nesreen is on the board of directors of the Arab American Action Network.
Nesreen joined the ArabAmCC in 2017 as the first full time staff. She manages the student support and wellbeing programs helping students navigate campus and Chicagoland community for resources and services, including academic support, campus culture, financial affairs, career development, and discrimination. Nesreen works closely with student organizations and student leaders to address challenges on campus and provide direct support and accompaniment. Additionally, Nesreen assists in coordinating programs and events and supports the center’s day to day operations.