In September 2018, the JCCP launched the Student Political Engagement Fund to support students to do political campaign work over Fall Break. Grantees were given up to $500 to do work locally, in their home communities, or beyond. Read other reflections here, and visit the JCCP website to learn more about our other programs.
Huzaifa Khan ’22
Hometown: Cromwell, Connecticut
Location of Political Action: Central Connecticut
When I joined CAIR, I knew I wanted to help increase political engagement with Muslims in Connecticut. I sought to tap into the potential of the 200,000 Muslims living in Connecticut during a serious and unprecedented political epoche. Muslims are one of the communities in this nation that have the most to lose from current political discourse coming from the administration, and yet it also seems that we are the most hopeless.
Thus, I set out to hold voter registration drives and info sessions on the power of voting at various mosques across central Connecticut. My goal was to register at least 100 voters, and while I did come very close, I did not manage to accomplish this goal. Some challenges I faced were not being able to persuade some individuals that their vote mattered. A lot of this stemmed from deep-rooted skepticism of the American political system among first generation Muslim immigrants. The advice I would give to someone who seeks to be involved in this type of political engagement is to know your audience and target demographic thoroughly, and build your campaign around their perceptions.