Meet Our Policy Intern, Aiyha Abdelbagi

September 14, 2017

My name is Aiyha Abdelbagi, and I am from Khartoum, Sudan. I am currently a junior at George Mason University studying Government and International Politics.

My passion for politics stemmed from my parents instilling a ritual of watching the news everyday. From that, I instantly developed a curiosity for what’s going on around me. I could not and still cannot go a day without reading an article or watching a news segment. That inspired me to be politically active. From being featured on PBS NewsHour, Al-Jazeera’s The Stream, and Rolling Stone to meeting with ambassadors in Sudan to discuss U.S. relations, I make sure to incorporate politics in all aspects of my life.

I am the co-founder and president of the Sudanese Student Association at GMU. We work to change the negative narrative that is associated with Sudan. I’m also very invested in the way the youth think. Because of that, I work at a summer camp with my local mosque, and I volunteer with Justice For Juniors, an inter-faith weekly program in which college students mentor young adults at a juvenile detention center in D.C.

I was fortunate enough to be delegate at MPAC’s Policy & Media Summit this past summer. I was able to see the role that Muslims play in policymaking and the media. I was surprised to see at how big of a role we play. I joined MPAC because I no longer want people to be surprised when they see a Muslim in any career field – because our religion does not make us any less qualified than the next person.

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