Major: Public Policy
School: UC Irvine
Sponsor: UC Irvine Muslim Alumni Association
Message to Supporters:
It is very exciting and humbling to learn that I am a recipient of the Islamic Scholarship Fund.
I am a PhD student in the department of Planning, Policy and Design at the University of California Irvine (UCI). My research interests are centered around conflict/reconciliation and how policy decisions can help mitigate and maximize these two things, respectively.
My passion is to engage with communities. An example of this is my tenure as the elected External Vice President of the Associated Graduate Students at UCI. In this position—while also pursuing my Master’s in Public Policy—I dedicated time to advocate and lobby on behalf of over 3,000 graduate students. As a visibly Muslim woman, this had its unique challenges, but the positive impacts were manifold.
I will be returning to school after having taken a gap year to have my first child. Your kind gesture has given me motivation and hope that I can complete my graduate studies with a lighter financial burden and focus on trying to do good. Additionally, it is uplifting to know that our community is supporting one another in such ways. I hope, one day, to be in your position, inshAllah. On behalf of myself and my family, thank you.
Bio: Sifat Reazi is a PhD student in the Department of Planning, Policy and Design at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). At this time her research interest lies where human and environmental security challenges, reconciliation and urban planning intersect.
During her time as a Master’s student in the Public Policy program at UCI, Sifat also served as the elected External Vice President of the Associated Graduate Students (AGS) representing over 3000 graduate students. In this role she conducted policy research, served on the board of the UC Student Association, and lobbied for students at the local and state level.
As a Master’s student she conducted independent research on transitional justice and reconciliation within the Bangladeshi diaspora community in Los Angeles.
After graduating with a B.A. in Global Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara, Sifat spent time working for nonprofits and international NGO’s where her interests in the third sector and public policy formalized. She hopes to continue this work through grad school. Sifat was born in Bangladesh and raised in Southern California.
Areas of Interest:
Pre/Post Conflict Policy/Planning Interventions