Maftuna Saidova emigrated from Samarqand, Uzbekistan. She plans to major in international relations with a focus on human rights. She served as undergraduate senator and secretary for the International Studies club. During her sophomore year, she received several awards for her research on Pakistan. Her hobbies include blogging, digital photography, traveling and volunteering to raise awareness for various diseases.
Libia Sanchez is a first-generation college student from Queens who emigrated from Ecuador at the age of two. Libia is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in women’s studies. During her time at CCNY, she has worked as an administrative assistant at a law firm. After law school, she plans to become a judge.
Israel Santana was born in the Bronx and raised in the Dominican Republic until he was 17. He graduated from Borough of Manhattan Community College with honors in criminal justice. Israel transferred to CCNY to major in political science with a minor in journalism. As an attorney, he looks forward to working in three fields: criminal law, immigration law, and corporate law, and later become a prosecutor and college professor.
Muhammad Shabbir is a first generation college student from Queens majoring in political science. He is the recipient of CUNY Service Corps Fellowship, Edward I. Koch Scholarship Program in Public Service, the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development Ladders for Leaders and the Josh and Judy Weston Public Service Scholarship. He is a member of the Dean’s List, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Golden Key International Honor Society. Shabbir is currently interning at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Sreejata Valcourt was born and raised in Queens. She transferred to CCNY after graduating from York Early College Academy High School with 60 credits. Sreejata hopes to become a lawyer to help protect the rights of all people.
Anthony Viola was born in Brooklyn and attended high school in Pennsylvania. He is the editor of CCNY’s news publication, The Campus and has also served as an undergraduate student government senator. As a NYPIRG project leader, he founded the college’s first and only food pantry. The first in his family to attend college, he hopes to practice international law and eventually become a diplomat.
Muska was born the Netherlands and moved to New York when she was ten years old. She is a first generation college student of Afghan descent who speaks three languages (English, Farsi, and Dutch). She is in the CCNY Honors Program and is majoring in political science and philosophy. She is the program coordinator for the department of student life’s peer mentoring program. Muska plays the violin and piano. Last year, she served as a senator in the Undergraduate Student Government. Muska is interested in pursuing a career in immigration law.
Michelle Baez was raised in Manhattan by a single mother. She is fluent in English and Spanish. A political science major, she is passionate about informing people of their rights and hopes to practice civil rights law after completing her education. Her experience interning at a divorce and bankruptcy law firm inspired her to pursue a legal career.
Natalie Blue was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. She graduated with honors from Winter Park High School while dual-enrolling at Valencia College. Because of her interest in law, she chose to attend college in NYC, and started at Manhattanville College as a political science major. There, she participated in the school’s all-female A Capella group and worked in the admissions office as a tour guide. She hopes to become a lawyer specializing in child advocacy.
Born in France and raised in Montreal, Canada, Noemie is currently majoring in political science. She transferred to CCNY after receiving her Associates degree with honors from Bergen Community College. At Bergen, she participated in the Model United Nations and was the Middle States Regional president of Phi Theta Kappa. Her experience as a legal intern ignited her passion for International Human Rights Law.