Major: International Relations
School: New York University
Sponsor: Islamic Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)
Following the implementation of the presidential administration’s executive order banning immigrants from 7 Muslim-majority countries, I led our Muslim Students Association as the President in coordinating a university-wide rally entitled #NoBanNoWallNYU in which we spoke out against the unconstitutionality of several of the President’s Executive Orders. Following our rally, we held a pray-in in Washington Square Park in which I was honored to lead a congregation of about 40 people in Isha Salaah. Our prayer was attended by hundreds who stood with us in solidarity.
I have also worked with members of our MSA Board to bring Dalia Mogahed to our campus to speak on the religious and spiritual beauties of being a Muslim in America at this moment in time.
In the past couple weeks, I have received several awards, including a President’s Service Award, a Dean’s Award for Scholarship in Social Science and I was chosen as the profile student for the College of Arts & Science (which consists of 5,000 students) for our university’s commencement program booklet which will be distributed to tens of thousands of attendees at Yankee Stadium.
Bio: Afraz Khan is a rising senior at New York University studying International Relations with a minor in Management & Public Policy. Afraz has had the opportunity to work in various fields both domestically and abroad. He has worked in the Purchasing Department at P&G’s European headquarters in Geneva and interned with the Fulbright Commission in Argentina. This year, he is serving as a policy intern with the Muslim Public Affair Council in Washington D.C. Additionally, through his work on campus, Afraz has also taken a large interest in student affairs in higher education. He is currently serving on his University Senate and works as an Admissions Ambassador within the NYU Admissions office.
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