Policy Scholarship Recipients

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  • Name: Ayisha Irfan

    Recipient Year: 2016

    Major: Public Policy

    Description: Ayisha Irfan previously served as the Education, Justice and Policing Policy Analyst at the Office of the Manhattan Borough President. Having studied biology at CUNY Brooklyn College during undergrad, her life took an unexpected turn in 2011 when she was moved to action following the revelation of the New York Police Department’s broad Muslim surveillance program. She hit the ground running at the Arab American Association of New York. It was from there that her interest in narratives, youth empowerment, and legislative change took hold. Over the past several years, Ayisha has helped develop leaders, train advocates, and build and lead successful legislative advocacy campaigns, both inside and outside government. Ayisha is committed to both creating social change on both the individual and systemic level, and in addition to her policy work, she is the co-founder of the Muslim Writers Collective. 

    School Name: NYU

    Sponsor: Aziz Emara Memorial Fund Scholarship

    LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ayisha-irfan-38083036/

    Recipient Type: Scholarship Recipient