Major: Comparative Literature, International Relations
School: Stanford University
Sponsor: International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)
Message to Supporters: I first would like to thank you for your generous support in my academic and professional development. It has been an exciting time in my life and I am deeply grateful to ISF and its supporters for the continual strokes of solidarity. Last fall, I completed my term in Berlin, Germany where I studied integration law for recent migrants and volunteered at refugee shelters across the city. I returned back to Stanford and continued my term as Class President of my year while also helping to coordinate a yearly conference that brings young social entrepreneurs from the MENA region to my university through an organization called AMENDS. In light of the travel ban, the conference had to be reimagined and with the support of the AMENDS team and university sponsors, we are happy to announce that this year’s conference will be held at the Stanford at Oxford campus.
Looking forward to the summer, I will be at CAIR-NY working as a legal services intern. There I will be communicating with victims of discrimination, conducting client intakes, and evaluating new cases under the supervision of CAIR–NY’s Director of Strategic Litigation. Alhumdulilah, it has been a very fortunate time these past months, despite what may happen more largely in the nation. I want to thank you again for supporting and believing in me throughout it all.
Bio: Ibrahim Bharmal attends Stanford University where he studies Comparative Literature with a focus in Arabic and International Relations with a specialization in the Middle East and Central Asia. Ibrahim is interested in human rights, particularly in the context of refugee, migrant, and physically displaced populations. He has spent time working with refugees in Athens, Greece in partnership with an NGO called A Drop in the Ocean in coordination with UNHCR and The Danish Refugee Council. At Stanford,Ibrahim devoted a substantial amount of his time serving in the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) as the Freshmen Council President, Sophomore Class President, and rising Junior Class President. This fall, he intends to study abroad in Berlin, Germany where he hopes to continue his work with refugees and conduct sustainable research on refugee integration in light of the recent migrant crisis. In the future, he endeavors to leverage his experiences in human rights and public service as a tool to create a more understanding and peaceful future.
Areas of Interest:
Human Rights, Law, Refugee Rights