Saba Nafees

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Saba Nafees represents Texas Tech as White House and One Young World ambassador.

What originally was a trip to Houston to take part in a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) roundtable turned into an opportunity Saba Nafees could not refuse.

Nafees, a Texas Tech University student, recently was selected to be a White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) E3! Ambassador. The alumna and first-year mathematics graduate student, originally from Pakistan, attended the roundtable discussion about engaging the Asian-American youth and community in the DACA program in August and spoke about her background. That speech and her TEDx talk, Nafees said, is what she believes caused Tuyet Duong, senior adviser for WHIAAPI, to encourage Nafees to apply and eventually be selected as an ambassador.

“I believe the TED talk, and my DACA student status, which showcases an immigrant background inherent to the American heritage, greatly strengthened my application,” Nafees said.

Nafees, along with three other E3! Ambassadors, is responsible for Region VI, which comprises Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Thirty-two people from throughout the nation were selected to be E3! Ambassadors for the 2014-2015 year, according to the WHIAAPI blog.