Raheem Hanifa-2013 Recipient

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Major: Public Policy
Degree: MPP
School: UC Berkeley
Sponsor; Cal Muslim Alumni Scholarship 


This past year Raheem completed his first year as a Master of Public Policy student at UC-Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. In addition to taking policy courses with leading academics and former high ranking government officials Raheem worked closely with former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as a Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) teaching two sections of Robert Reich’s “Wealth & Poverty” course.

This past summer Raheem interned with the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the official think-tank of Congress, in Washington DC. In this capacity Raheem attended congressional hearings, assisted analyst at briefings with congressional staffers, and conducted research on substance abuse and mental illness. Prior to studying at UC-Berkeley Raheem worked with the Council on American Islamic Relations-Michigan (CAIR-MI). During this time he was responsible for CAIR-MI workshops and trainings, the Speaker’s Bureau Emerging Leadership trainings, coalition building and political outreach.

Additionally, Raheem has worked as an assistant director for political and social grassroots campaigns across the country. As a canvass director Raheem ran campaign offices in Nevada, New Hampshire, and Michigan. Raheem graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology from Michigan State University. Currently, as a Master of Public Policy student, Raheem intends to work to develop national security policy that recognizes the delicate balance of upholding civil rights and liberties while ensuring public safety.

Raheem graduated in 2014 and is an analyst at U.S. Government Accountability Office.

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