Major: Public Policy
School: University of California Berkeley
Sponsor: MateenMobeen Foundation
For the past four years Raheem Hanifa has worked as the Outreach Coordinator for the Council on American Islamic Relations-Michigan (CAIR-MI). He has been responsible for CAIR-MI workshops and trainings, including the PITFA workshop (Presenting Islam to Fellow Americans), Speaker’s Bureau Emerging Leadership trainings, coalition building and political outreach. Raheem graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from Michigan State University and has experience working on political and social grassroots campaigns
As a campaign organizer and Michigan House of Representatives intern, Raheem has extensive advocacy and political organizing experience. He has worked as an assistant director for political and social grassroots campaigns across the country. Raheem has run campaign offices in Nevada, New Hampshire, and throughout Michigan. As an intern within the House Communications office for the Michigan House of Representatives, Raheem worked in different areas pertaining to media and communications. He assisted Michigan House of Representative staff with press releases, television broadcasting, and research.
Raheem Hanifa is dedicated to social justice and activism; he is continuing his quest to further causes of social justice by beginning his Master of Public Policy degree at University of California-Berkeley this fall. Raheem intends to work to develop national security policy that recognizes the delicate balance of upholding civil rights and liberties while ensuring national and domestic security.
Message to ISF Donors:
I am greatly honored to receive this generous award. I commend the Islamic Scholarship Fund, its staff, organizers and donors for establishing such a profound and impactful organization which allows the dreams and aspirations of students to be realized. It is a great comfort to know that the ISF exists and is changing lives for the better and is positively impacting the future of the Muslim-American community. Jazakallahu Khair.
Raheem graduated in 2014 and is an Analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office.