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Sara Minkara

Sara Minkara

Founder and President

Empowerment Through Integration

Boston, MA

I am a Lebanese-American who became legally blind at age seven but, due to a strong social support system and American infrastructure, I was able to pursue an education. I noticed that many of my counterparts around the world are not as fortunate to receive the same benefits. I use my experience, through ETI, to creat...





Empowerment Through Integration (ETI)

Founder and President

I founded Empowerment Through Integration (ETI), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which develops an inclusive society by transforming social stigma against disabilities and empowering blind youth to be change makers of their societies. I manage this global organization, which consists of board members and over 25 staff and volunteers.

Dining in the Dark—ETI's Annual Gala

Dining in the Dark uses blindness as a tool to create a space that enables guests to shed preconceived notions both of themselves and others. For more information on how to buy tickets, please visit our Eventbrite page:

Empowerment Through Integration: A Portrait of Sara Minkara

In this video, I describe what inspired me to found my nonprofit, Empowerment Through Integration.

Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government

Masters, Public Policy

2012-2014 Dubin Center for Public Leadership Fellow. Coursework included Community Organizing, Negotiation, Design Thinking & Innovation, and Adaptive Leadership. Policy Analysis Exercise topic: Work with the BRAC Sierra Leone office to help the organization amplify its organizational effectiveness in order to ensure greater local, regional, and national impact.

Disability Rights Initiative


At the Disability Rights Initiative, I led a team of 7 to integrate the disabilities perspective into Harvard Kennedy School academics and services. I developed annual, all-staff training on accessibility and gained 5 professors’ agreement to incorporate disability perspectives into courses. In addition, I launched a biweekly study group, “Disability Rights and Realities.”

Community Development Project

Executive Member

I devised an organizational structure for communities to self-direct discussions and projects. I also conducted leadership workshops and 50 local interviews to empower communities in self-advocating change for urban development, desegregation, and education. I also established 3 college scholarships and a job training program for 15 students.

Ojos Que Sienten

Nonprofit Consultant

At Ojos Que Sienten, I conducted qualitative research on life-skill training and workplace integration for blind adults. I also created first-ever set of metrics to assess program quality for chief stakeholders, and built a database of 20+ opportunities to strengthen organization’s financial sustainability.

Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Teaching Assistant

I was selected as a Teaching Assistant at the Harvard Kennedy School through a rigorous application process. Once selected, I assisted Professor Ronald Heifetz in facilitating large group discussions, and provided 1-on-1 coaching to 16 students on a weekly basis, ensuring their learning and overall development throughout the course.

The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Visiting Fellow

In my role as a Visiting Fellow, I conducted research on the intersection of Islam, disability, and women. I also maintained a blog titled, “Sensing from a New Perspective.” In addition, I collaborated with local mosques to change the narrative surrounding disability within the community.

Disability Rights Fund

Operations Manager

At the Disability Rights Fund, I managed the Fund's internal operations, including finances, human resources, and other operational logistics. I also supervised the operations coordinator and facilitated the organization’s budgeting process.

Harvard Law School

Researcher, Harvard Law and International Development Society Project

At the Harvard Law and International Development Society Project, I lead a team of eight students in researching legal and economic barriers faced by poor people in the Middle East-North Africa region (including Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt). I focused research on Islamic property and civil law.

Leadership in Islam

Leadership Coach

I established a 14-week leadership course for the Boston Muslim Community, adapting the course “Existing Adaptive Leadership” to the Muslim context regarding contemporary issues within the community. I selected a diverse group of students to cover controversial topics ranging from gender equality to racism, and I also conducted 1-on-1 weekly coaching sessions with the students.