Wardah Khalid-2013 Recipient

wardah 150Wardah Khalid

Major: International Relations
Degree: M.A.
School: Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
Sponsor: ISF

Wardah is President and Co-Founder of Poligon Education Fund, a non-profit dedicated to increasing Muslim American engagement with Congress. Also, she writes for a variety of national outlets and work as a Media Associate at a refugee resettlement agency (Church World Service).

Message to Supporters: 
Wardah is grateful for the ISF for allowing her the opportunity to pursue her dreams, Insha’Allah!

Bio: Wardah Khalid is a graduate student at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where she is pursuing a Masters in International Affairs with a concentration in Human Rights and Middle East studies. Wardah previously earned a BBA and MS in Accounting from Texas A&M University and worked as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Houston before moving to New York to attend SIPA. This summer, Wardah completed two internships with the United Nations, through which she was able to get an inside look at how the organization works and how foreign policies and programs are created and implemented.

Outside of school, Wardah writes a religion blog called “Young American Muslim” for the Huffington Post and Houston Chronicle. She is also very involved with several local and national Muslim organizations including CAIR, MPAC, and ISNA. Wardah hosted a radio show on One Legacy Radio and was featured on Al Jazeera Arabic for her work. Upon graduation, she hopes to continue working for the Muslim community in domestic or foreign policy through a position in the federal government, the UN, or an NGO. Wardah graduated and is a Middle East Policy Analyst and writes for the Huffington Post & Houston Chronicle.

Areas of Interest: 
Refugees, Middle East Policy, Muslim American Issues

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