Eisha Khan, a Political Science major at the University of Houston-Downtown, is the founder of United Nations Association's (UNA) collegiate chapter, and serves on local and international boards to advocate for human rights, equal education and cross-cultural dialogue. Under her zealous leadership, within the first year, the UNA chapter hosted 40 community engagement events, and accumulated 1000 volunteer hours. The events included, organized voter registration, serving at homeless shelters and rehabilitation centers, visiting members of Congress, initiating interfaith dialogues, welcoming refugees and advocating for human rights. She also works with UNA's national board as the spokesperson for collegiate chapters to promote vital work of the UN. Her work with UNA was recognized at the 2016 UN Member's day. Khan is an ambassador of Be the Peace-Be the Hope, an educational arts program that works with refugee children across the globe. She visited camps in Africa in summer 2016, providing policy solutions, raising awareness, and engaging local communities to help refugees. She has a bold vision that is coupled with a diverse skill set. Working on such initiatives makes her optimistic as she envisions the world moving towards celebrating diversity through progressive communication and collaboration among communities.
From an early age, I have been interested in learning about oppressed populations, as I come from a Kashmiri family that left its homeland to secure the future of subsequent generations. When I started college, I was keen on learning about international affairs with the aim of combating crimes against humanity, advancing cross-cultural understanding, and promoting equal education. I am the founder of the United Nations Association Chapter at the University of Houston-Downtown, an organization that mobilizes students to support the vital work of the United Nations. My activism has led me to serve as an ambassador of Be the Peace-Be the Hope, an educational-arts integration program that works with refugee children across the globe, and builds bridges between children in the US and the camps. I work towards providing policy solutions and raising awareness as I visit refugee camps. My work with refugee children in Africa was truly a humbling experience as I gained firsthand experience of their situation, was exposed to a multitude of perspectives and made friends. I cherish the empowerment my experiences have given me, and hope to enhance my skills and knowledge throughout my journey in advocacy.