Zubeda is a First-Gen Pakistani-American educator, community organizer, poet, and visual artist who grew up in Colorado and Massachusetts, and now resides in Connecticut. She is signed on to teach literature at a high school in New Haven, CT for the 2019-20 school year, and in the mean time works as the Marketing Intern for Appolition. Her work and organizing centers Islamophobia, gender-based violence, racism, LGBTQ+ issues, prison abolition, immigration, and imperialism.
In 2013-2018, Zubeda completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts, Boston (UMB), receiving her degree in English & a minor in Psychology. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Honors College and was nominated for the John F. Kennedy Award for Academic Excellence, the highest honor for one graduating senior.
Throughout her college career, Zubeda held various jobs: she worked as a writer and Arts & Lifestyle Editor for UMB’s independently-run newspaper; tutored and TAed both for the ESL program and a high school-to-college transitionary program; and served as an intern for the William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consquences. Her work enabled her to work with refugees, youth of color, and immigrants. She was introduced to community organizing through the #BlackLivesMatter movement in 2014 after the murder of teenaged Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. She is since involved with various organizing groups, working on several projects soon to be revealed to the public.
Zubeda is also passionate about writing poetry and academic writing, previously a member of UMB’s first Slam Poetry Team and completing 2 theses, one an Honors in Poetry centering the experiences of the South Asian Diaspora post-Partition and the other a critical analysis of Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland as a postcolonial novel. Her first love is linguistics and literature, and she fully believes that language education is the key to liberation for all.