Anwar Hijaz-2012 Recipient

Anwar HijazAnwar Hijaz

Major: Political Science
Degree: PhD
School: University of California Riverside
Sponsor: Safari/Heidari-Bateni Foundation 

Anwar Milbes Hijaz is a PhD student at the University of California, Riverside whose research focuses on the assessment of the primary driving factors of tolerance towards Muslims and other minorities in the United States. Anwar earned her bachelors degree in Political Science with an emphasis on international relations from the University of California Riverside, where she graduated magna cum laude with honors.  She has dedicated herself to serving the community.  As an undergraduate student Anwar worked as a peer counselor for international students and was actively involved in the MSA.  Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, she served as an intern at the CAIR, where she used her skill-set as a political scientist to organize voter registration campaigns, interpret ballot measures, make recommendations to the Muslim community, and participate in meetings with local elected officials.  Anwar looks forward to producing a body of work in her Ph. D. that is both scientifically and practically applicable and beneficial to the Muslim community.

Anwar’s Message to Supporters:
With every difficult journey that a person takes, it is absolutely imperative that we recognize and thank the people and institutions that provide us with unconditional support to achieve our goals. I would like to extended my sincere gratitude to those who have supported and continue to support Islamic Scholarship Fund through their generous financial donations, time and effort. Your support of professional Muslim students is an important stepping stone that allows our community to continue to grow and flourish in the United States and all around the world. By the grace of Allah ISF has been growing each year, it is our role to spread the word about this amazing organizations to ensure that more students get the opportunity to advance the representation of Muslims.

I would like to start off by thanking you for all your generous support and also update you on my progress in the Ph.D program at the University of California, Riverside. Last fall quarter my studies were consumed with the preparation for the Ph.D comprehensive exam. Alhmulliah I can happily report that I passed my exams.

I am currently working assisting on a project with the Institute of Social Policy and Understanding, where I am conducting statical analysis on the survey that was conducted on Muslims in Northern California. I am also helping the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)  with a similar project. For CAIR the analysis is to be conducted on a survey of Muslims children bulling. This research is very important, as it will help shed some light on the many issues facing the Muslims community.

Again thank you for all your support. I look forward to updating you on my studies in the near future.

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