Rania Shafi

Rania is a sophomore at Smith College studying Government with a concentration in International Politics and human rights. Originally from Farmington, Connecticut, Rania’s passion for justice and the defense of human rights was cultivated at her dining table at home and strengthened in her classes at Miss Porter’s School. Between 2019 and 2020, Rania spent several weeks in Pakistan becoming acquainted with social issues and the efforts addressing them, visiting newly built schools and meeting the founder of Behbud, an organization working toward the empowerment of women. This experience introduced her to the unique perspectives and needs of people in a different culture, and she was inspired to pursue deeper knowledge of the systems that oppress people as well as those that uplift them. Rania has been an outspoken and avid participant in her American, European, and International Politics classes at Smith College, where she is the founder and Editor in Chief of the student-run, Government department newspaper. She hopes to continue to law school and advocate the protection of human rights on a global scale. Rania strongly believes in the value of youth presence in advocacy, shaping policy, and bringing about global change. She is excited to work with the UNAGB to introduce today’s youth to global issues and to inspire them to become forces for good.