For Nadia Sasso, the connection to the African Diaspora has always been strong. Born in America to Sierra Leonean immigrant parents, Sasso is a leader in establishing social and entrepreneurial connections across cultures and fostering civic responsibility. Her recent film Am I: Too African to be American, Too American to be African has been featured in media platforms, such as Centric, Jet, The Huffington Post, Blavity, The ColorLines, OkayAfrica, Black Enterprise, AfroPunk and has been recognized by film festivals nationally and internationally. She is changing the conversation on what it means to be African and American in America and on the continent via the digital landscape.
She has leveraged her background in diversity, marketing, communications, and new media across notable stages including The White House, The Smithsonian, and Universities all over the world. Through her entrepreneurial ventures along with her passion of making connections she has worked with Issa Rae, Luvvie Ajayi, Jose Antonio Vargas, Viacom, Nielson, UBS, Peace Corps and the United Nations.
Sasso has a dual Bachelor’s degree in English and Sociology from Bucknell University where she was a Posse scholar. She has a Master’s degree in American Studies with a certification in Documentary Film from Lehigh University as well as a Master’s degree in Africana Studies from Cornell University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Africana Studies with a minor in Film Studies from Cornell University.