Maheen Haq

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Maheen's charismatic leadership and commitment to promoting intersectional activism make her an ideal nominee. She is an exceptional volunteer and organizer, and she is passionate about working within communities in need of support. A prominent youth activist in the Muslim American community, she has had two op-eds published in the Baltimore Sun about Muslim-American identity. She has volunteered locally with Refugee Youth Project, the Esperanza Center, the Robert Johnson Community Center, ICNA Relief USA, and Helping Hand. With these organizations she has taught English, organized clothing and food distributions, and done youth development work.

As an advocate, Maheen works outside of her community with such organizations as CAIR, the NAACP, and CASA of Maryland. With these organizations she has organized protests, empowerment workshops, legislative boot camps, and more. Globally, she has served in orphanages and an acid crime unit in Pakistan, and she is currently conducting a research study at the refugee camps at the Jordan/Syria border. Politically, she has worked on congressional campaigns and served as an intern in the U.S. House of Representatives to Congressman John Delaney. This April, Maheen will represent UMBC as a member of the slam poetry team at the CUPSI Poetry Slam competition (

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski III
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Personal Statement

I am dedicated to intersectional activism and work to organize with different marginalized communities to promote equality among all people. I have worked directly with youth and affected members of different communities. At the Washington County Mediation Center I helped mediate conflict between police and youth. I have also worked directly with homeless and refugee populations in America and abroad, as well as with Muslim youth. I have organized phone banking events, awareness workshops, and know your rights seminars with Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).
After witnessing so much atrocity, listening to so many stories of marginalized individuals- from orphans in refugee camps to American children who desperately wish to change the color of their skin, heritage or ethnicity because of the bullying they've endured- I have developed a deep sense of duty to people. I am privileged to have an education and using any means I have to benefit communities that have shared their lives and pain with me. This is the purpose of my life and career.

Maheen Haq
Economics and Global Studies: Class of 2020
written 2019

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Sarah Lutes, UNC Asheville Seda Sahin, Univeristy of Connecticut Bernardo Villarreal Rodríguez, Universidad de Monterrey Elizabeth Paige, University of Baltimore Itzel Velazquez, University of Central Arkansas Jordan Borenstein, University of Central Florida Hunter Caudillo, University of Central Oklahoma Delali Nenonene, University of Dayton April Singleton, University of Delaware Amanda Wittebort, University of Denver Mikaela Lopez, University of Houston-Downtown Nicolas Robledo, University of Illinois at Chicago Natalie Benson, University of Indianapolis Jocelyn Roof, University of Iowa Kaitlyn Frick, University of Kentucky Dyamond Gray, University of La Verne Sarah Nichols, University of Maine at Augusta Maheen Haq, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Madison LaCure, University of Massachusetts - Boston Marvens Pierre, University of Massachusetts Amherst Elizabeth Anusauskas, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Twisha Mohapatra, University of Massachusetts Lowell Shravya Jasti, University of Miami Jalen Rose, University of Michigan-Dearborn Robert Harper, University of Minnesota Danielle Friz, University of Missouri - St. Louis Daisy Ward, University of Montana Adrianna Pittman, University of Montana Western Lizbeth Perez Hernandez, University of Nebraska Omaha Kaitlin Griffin, University of New Hampshire Joyce Yao, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Yesika Sorto Andino, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Adriana Zarate, University of North Georgia Hector Robledo, University of North Texas at Dallas Sashay Carroll, University of Northern Iowa Carson Ball, University of Oklahoma Carter Gale, University of Pennsylvania John Farris, University of Redlands Mary-Kate McGeary, University of Rhode Island Lina Tori Jan, University of Richmond Nina Schneider, University of San DIego Nyteia Tyler, University of San Francisco Karen Padilla, University of South Carolina Beaufort Danica Leaphart, University of South Carolina, Columbia Shaneika Bowra, University of the District of Columbia Livia Karoui, University of the South Jordyn Gaurkee, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay Emiliana Lopez, University of Wisconsin - Madison Zach Atkins, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Madison Hale, University of Wisconsin-Superior
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