My name is Aleenah, and I love telling stories
I believe that inclusion, vulnerability, and a little bit of humor are the ingredients to craft compelling narratives. I have done this this through my coursework in the UW Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering, feature writing that focuses on empowering diverse communities, writing tutor, and content developer intern at Microsoft.
Regardless of what story I tell, I intend to make it a good one. Read on to see some of the things I've worked on!
Conducted observations, interviews, and a survey to understand how students used the physical space and interacted with tutors at the Center for Learning and Undergraduate Enrichment, an on-campus tutoring center. I translated these findings into insights and design recommendations such as revised tutor training and a new layout.
During my internship at Microsoft, I developed an internal deliverable for design and product teams who wanted to design for users with a range of learning styles.
I firmly believe that stories are what stick, which is why I dedicate my time to empowering underrepresented voices through my work as a journalist. During my time at the Daily of the University of Washington, I conducted over 300 interviews, authored 88+ articles, wrote news and event coverage about diverse communities across campus, and became the Wellness section editor for a year.
After receiving the feedback that I should publish more of my own content, I decided to self-publish on LinkedIn and Medium. My articles explore topics related to identity in the workplace, the power of storytelling in every discipline, and the strategies for reaching out to potential mentors.
What’s my calling?
I begged the stars
Turning up every corner of my life in search of my truth
The answer came back to me
In the form of
a simple statement:
“You must keep writing."