Aisha Mae Mughal

Aisha Mae Mughal

Email: mughal@ithaca.edu
From: Washington, D.C.
Class of 2020
Major: Politics (international studies concentration)
Minors: Spanish, Asian American Studies

What clubs/organizations are you involved in?

  • Committee on Decolonial Affairs
  • Muslims and Allies
  • EMBRACE Publication
  • Sister 2 Sister

Are you involved in the Honors, Leadership Scholar, MLK Scholar, or Park Scholar Program?

I’m involved in the Martin Luther King Scholar Program. This program was the reason that I came to Ithaca College and has allowed me to see how I can use my interests to fight for social justice. Through this program, I have gotten the opportunity to do research and travel internationally to get deep understanding of social justice on a global scale. I have also done service work in the Ithaca community, which has helped me understand my positionality as an Ithaca College student and an Ithaca community member. Everyone in this program is my family, and it is incredibly special to be around people who care about the same thing as I do—social justice.

Where have you studied abroad?

  • Cochabamba, Bolivia
  • London, England
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Have you been engaged in research, internship opportunities, student teaching, or conferences?

During my semester abroad, through the support of Ithaca College’s politics department, I conducted a monthlong study at an indigenous university in El Alto, Bolivia. I studied student activism at the university and how the sociopolitical climate of the country affected their experience as students. It was so amazing to learn from how they organized and the overall fellowship with other student activists like me. I was able to present this research to my fellow IC students in the politics department the following semester.

Also, I interned at the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Equal Employment and Minority Affairs in Washington, D.C., for two summers. Working with the Supplier Diversity Program, I helped with advocating for small business inclusion in the Smithsonian’s procurement. In the summer of 2018, I was named the Smithsonian Institution’s James E. Webb Intern for Minority Undergraduates in Business and Public Administration.

In the summer of 2019, I was an intern for the Office of U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. My duties included doing research for the legislative team, writing constituent correspondence on important issues such as health care and environmental affairs, and assisting the press team with material to maintain transparency with constituents. During this summer, I was also an organizing fellow for the Joe Biden for President campaign and focused on digital and grassroots organizing for the campaign.

Are you involved in IC athletics?

I was on the Ithaca College Cheerleading Team for all four years at IC and was captain for my junior and senior years.

What is your favorite event that you’ve attended on campus and why?

My favorite event was the Sister 2 Sister Black History Month Showcase. It was truly incredible to see my fellow students of color express themselves and their experiences through art. It made me realize how thankful I am for my community here at IC and how much they inspire me.