17 year old Pakistani in UAE elected to prestigious California student senate

17 year old Pakistani in UAE elected to prestigious California student senate

17 year old Pakistani in UAE elected to prestigious California student senate

A Dubai based Pakistani girl has been elected vice president of finance for a student body for 116 community colleges representing 2.1 million students in California, USA, the local Dubai newspaper reported.

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According to reports, Fiza Syed, a 17-year-old Pakistani born and raised in Dubai, was elected after taking the lead by 10 votes in an online poll on March 28 to receive her winning 43 votes from 76 delegates.

Fiza is a student of De Anza College in Cupertino, California, and is currently pursuing her studies online from Dubai due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She won the elections for the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC), which gives students a voice in the formation of state policies that have a significant impact on students, the local media reported.

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Fiza aims to “implement reforms” to increase funding for students’ basic needs, which have only been “exacerbated” by the pandemic. “Being a community college student myself, I’ve come across a lot of people with concerns that are not being heard. Especially during the pandemic, persistent issues such as housing insecurity and food insecurity have only been exacerbated. Therefore, I’m beyond honoured to represent more than 2.1 million students on the state-wide level, to come up with solutions and implement reforms to increase funding for basic needs,” she added

This article was first published by Gulf News

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