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#UofTGrad16: Fariha Ekra

While her first interest was Canadian public policy, Fariha Ekra went on to found an organization devoted to encourage young people to get involved in international humanitarianism. (Photo by Bianca Quijano)

As Convocation day approaches, we’re filled with pride at the incredible accomplishments of our students. No matter what program they’re in, no matter what their major, our students have made contributions to the campus, to the community and to the world at large. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll highlight students who have made a huge impact already, and are poised to do even more now that they’re graduating. From an Olympic weight lifter to a social activist featured on the CBC, we’re certain that you’ll be reading a lot more about them in the future! Follow the all the U of T Convocation excitement at #UofTGrad16.

 Fariha Ekra

Fariha Ekra tends to shy away from the camera, but in 2013 she could not escape the coverage surrounding the money she raised for victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse. Her efforts were featured on CBC News. That same year she founded Young Canadians For Global Humanity (YCGH), a not-for-profit organization that aims to encourage young people to get involved in humanitarian efforts all over the world.

Fariha says that the learning environment and the diverse courses at U of T Scarborough encouraged her to be more involved with both the local and the global community.

Fariha will be graduating with a double major in Public Policy and Sociology. In September, she will be entering her first year at the Master’s of Public Policy program at University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance. That being said, she’s still not completely finished with her studies.

“I’ll be taking the LSAT in a few weeks. I hope I pass, since this will be my first try,” she says.

Why did you choose your program?

I had an interest in Canadian politics and public policy. Although there were many programs in various universities that had this particular focus, UTSC was the only one of its kind to have a public policy co-op program. Combining my interests in Canadian politics and public policy in a program with a co-op opportunity, ultimately won me over.  

What’s the best-kept secret on campus?

Well, there’s a secret tunnel connection between SW and AA. Nope, it’s not a rumor. It exists. I’ll leave it to you to figure out how to get there!

Where do you feel most at home on campus?

I feel most at home at the Timmie’s in BV. I know it can be a loud environment sometimes, but something about the constant smell of coffee and never ending radio hits playing in the background really helps me focus. I’ve written some of my best essay outlines here!

What are you passionate about? 

I’ve always had a keen interest and passion for Canadian politics, public policy and social work and have carried out these interests through my involvement on campus and in the community. This past year I had the honor of serving as the Vice President External of the Political Science Students’ Association at UTSC and the Vice-Chair of the Scarborough Youth Philanthropy Council at The Scarborough Hospital. 

What was your most rewarding accomplishment during your time here?

My most rewarding accomplishment during my time here was knowing that despite having a rough first year, I was still able to persevere and work hard enough through out the years to get into the graduate program I wanted to get into.


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