Leaders for Change Spotlight: Doha Hindi

In February 2015, the Wolfpack lost one of its own, Razan Abu-Salha. The loss of such a young light and advocate for charities such as the Global Deaf Muslim shook the community. Her dedication to service, commitment to leadership and empathy for others inspired Doha Hindi, a 21-year-old science, technology and society major and dear friend of Razan’s, to take on her role as a Leader for Change with The Center for Student Leadership, Ethics & Public Service in hopes that she could make a positive change within the campus community and beyond.

Q/A:

What local, national, or global issues are you passionate about and why?

On a local level, I have an interest in environmental issues, particularly as they relate to North Carolina. On a national and global level, I’m passionate about issues revolving around race and religion, violence, income inequality, and the ability for all groups within a society to have a voice – politically and socially.

You have a large event coming up. What is the event? How did the idea come to you?

On February 2, I’ll be hosting an event titled “Challenging Anti-Muslim Sentiments”. This event will be a panel discussion in which experts in different areas will talk about Islam and Muslims in the current climate of our country from a variety of different perspectives including academia, activism, and overall awareness. The idea came to me for this event after many different headlines unfolded. I found that openly targeting Muslims became acceptable, and even encouraged. From discussions about banning the entry of refugees due to a fear of violent extremism to dialogue from political candidates about the creation of a Muslim registry, I knew that we had a large problem on our hands. It came to the point where Muslim students on our own campus were forced to face harassment, threats, and discomfort within their own educational sphere. My hope is that this event will attract students, staff, and faculty that want to learn more about the religion in a safe setting where they can ask questions and gain understanding to work towards a safer future for all minorities.

What has been the most challenging aspect of your internship?

The most challenging aspect of my internship has been narrowing down the topics I would focus on for my two main events. I recognized multiple different areas I was interested in exploring in relation to NC State’s campus and student body, but I consider this a good problem to have. Being able to identify areas that are in need of help and having the inspiration to make change in those areas is empowering.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your internship?

The most rewarding thing is being able to create events and programs I’m passionate about, but also that other students, staff, and faculty can benefit from. I also find myself learning a lot from everyone I work with in the CSLEPS office. Being given the tools and resources to create an event that means something to me is rewarding in so many different ways.

What do you hope others gain from your Leaders for Change programming?

I hope that the programs set up by the Leaders for Change program inspire other students to think more critically about issues on our campus such as environmental awareness, gender equality, and racial diversity. Also, I hope that our events motivate students to get more involved to make change on campus and in other sectors, whether through CSLEPS or another organization with similar goals and objectives.

What does being a Leader for Change mean to you?

To me, being a Leader for Change means being an individual who fearlessly seeks to improve the lives of those around them through education, empowerment, and execution. These three factors are some of the main building blocks for creating change not only in our community, but also on a global level.

What advice would you offer young people who want to be a part of change locally and/or globally?

My advice to anyone looking to be a part of change is to look inside you and find something that speaks to you. Find a cause you are so passionate about that you find it impossible to stand by and do nothing. Everyone has passions, and you’ll be surprised what you’re capable of when you give yourself the chance to make change. Finally, find others with similar goals and work together towards your shared objectives. The impact will be much stronger than work done alone.

What is next for you?

I’ll be graduating in May with a Bachelors of Science in Science, Technology, & Society. I’m hoping to use the skills that I’ve learned to acquire a full time job in an area that interests me such as public policy or environmental awareness.

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