My name is Anan Hafez, and I am a junior in Eliot House studying Government and Economics from Los Angeles, California. I am thrilled to be serving as the chair of the JFK Jr. Forum this year! As a Muslim-American raised in the shadow of 9/11, and the child of refugees, I have always understood my position to be a precarious one, but I knew early on that I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of the interplay between vulnerable communities like mine and the politics that govern them. Since then, my efforts have been focused on fostering political education and action for young people like me who may lack the network, resources, or political know-how to get involved. I firmly believe that participating in the political and legislative arena is the best way for us to combat the direct and indirect injustices we see every day. On campus, I'm a research assistant for Professor Cornell William Brooks where I help teach a class on state and local policy solutions for COVID-19 and police reform. I'm also an active member of the Harvard Islamic Society, where I previously served as Director of Development, and an analyst for the Harvard College Consulting Group. In my free time, you might find me exploring new restaurants in the Boston area or cheering too loudly for the Lakers with my roomates.
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