Born and raised in East New York as a proud Muslim and the middle of three siblings, I have witnessed both the fortunate and unfortunate. East New York is an incredibly diverse immigrant community with residents from countries such as Guyana, Jamaica, Bangladesh, and more. However, East New York’s average annual income per capita barely exceeds $30,000. Many other challenges exist including affordable housing, immigration reform, and preventative healthcare. I have a personal connection to many of these issues through my family and I would like to become an agent of change for my family and my community.
My journey begins at Baruch College, and, by majoring in Business, I intend to build a foundation of fundamental economic and business principles. I would like to combine my academics with my participation in my neighborhood’s community board to address public policy concerns around affordable housing, education, health, and immigration among others. Everyday issues ranging from wages and its impact on small businesses to modernizing rent guidelines to benefit both tenants and landlords require individuals that are not only from the community but also have strong business acumen.
As a 2015 ANY New York Fellow, I hope to foster relationships with professionals of today and tomorrow to develop both professionally and personally as well as reinforce how I can make substantial progress in my community. ANY will further equip me with leadership skills and supplement my academic career and political ambitions of eventually serving my community.