Hasani Hayden is senior at Harvard College studying Economics. Passionate about both urban development and economic equity, Hasani aspires to close racial economic disparities through developing and revitalizing predominantly low-income minority communities in the United States. As a Cheng Fellow, he aims to analyze issues surrounding residential segregation, gentrification, and urban development and develop a proposal to transform these communities to provide better social welfare to their constituents. Hasani envisions a solution in the form of a socially conscious real estate development firm that works closely along community leaders to accomplish the goals of the constituents, government officials, and business leaders. In addition to his work as a Cheng Fellow, Hasani has served as President of the Black Student Association, and as a Coordinator for the Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program at the College. Born to a Jamaican father and African-American mother Hasani was raised in Grand Rapids, MI. He is motivated to return to his hometown to create a positive impact on his community. It was here that he developed a passion for entrepreneurship and learned of the importance for minority communities to own and operate the businesses that serve their neighborhoods.