Undergraduate in Political Science
Rashida Tlaib Courage and Leadership Scholarship
Sarah Farouq is a junior student at the University of California, Berkeley studying political science. Sarah’s journey began in Iraq in 1998 where she lived in Baghdad for 2 years and then moved to Jordan and lived there for the majority of her early life. Sarah has lived as a refugee for most of her life, from Iraq to Jordan and to the United States in 2010. This has formed her own sense of identity and eventually motivated her to study politics. Living as a refugee in Jordan and in the United States, Sarah has been engaged in working to serve her community. She has worked as a community and political organizer with a nonprofit organization called Pillars of the Community, where she organized projects to educate Muslim communities about different issues and causes. She has also helped create coalitions with organizations across San Diego to create an advocacy network for Muslims. Working with Pillars she has mainly focused on the criminal justice advocacy in the community of Southeast San Diego by educating the Muslim community about this issue. Apart from her community work, Sarah has also focused on her studies. The short-term goal of her studies is to complete her undergraduate degree and go on and study civil rights and public policy law. Ultimately, her career goal is to become an attorney and go back to her communities and advocate for them through policy work.
Areas of interest
- National Security/Law