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Sara Farooqi '08 Awarded Coro Fellowship

Sara Farooqi

Pitzer College senior Sara Farooqi has been awarded a prestigious Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs for Pittsburgh. Sara, who is a double major in sociology and Islamic Cultural Studies, is one of only sixty-eight fellows in the country selected this year. Coro Fellows in Public Affairs are provided experiential leadership training in public affairs. Much like Pitzer’s educational objective of social responsibility, the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs is designed to prepare recent graduates to “translate their ideals into action for improving their own communities.”

"The Coro Fellowship will provide me with hands-on experience in public affairs from a variety of perspectives: public, private and governmental. I'm excited to put into action the skills and knowledge I have gained both inside and outside of the classroom at Pitzer," Sara said.

According to Professor of Political Studies Nigel Boyle, "Sara Farooqi winning the Coro maintains a history of Pitzer students winning, and then thriving on the Coro program. Sara is a wonderful addition to that list. She is one of those students who has managed to fuse her intellectual interests and her commitment to social change. She has been very active in organizations both on and off campus while pursuing a rigorous academic program revolving around her sociology and Islamic Cultural Studies majors. Sara also internationalized her education, with semesters in both Turkey and Morocco. Look out Pittsburgh!"

Currently, Sara is an environmental intern with the Muslim Public Affairs Council in Los Angeles. Previously she interned for both the Center for California Cultural and Social Issues (CCCSI) at Pitzer and the Development Department at the Liberty Hill Foundation in Santa Monica in the Community Services Corps. She was also a resident assistant for the Office of Student Affairs.

Sara's activities at Pitzer include serving as a representative to the Curriculum Committee as a Student Senator as well as an assistant events coordinator for The Claremont Colleges Muslim Students Association.

In 2004 Sara co-founded Itihad, the Middle Eastern Cultural Advocacy/Students' Union at The Claremont Colleges. As the union's president, she has organized and implemented the first annual Middle Eastern Culture Fest, spearheaded a multi-ethnic dance party, and organized an event to raise awareness about gay and lesbian Middle Easterners in the U.S. Recently, she helped organize and emcee a major event featuring Poetess Suheir Hammad.

Pitzer alumni who were awarded Coro fellowships include Nick Kislinger '07, Nancy Castillo '05, Vicenta Arrizon '04, Gil Gonzalez '03 and Robin Kramer '79.