The MPSN network is, in a word, impressive. With over two decades of history, MPSN alumni now number nearly 300, and are located in 26 states (every region of the country) and 16 countries (from the UK to South Africa) and are working in government, media, business, medicine, the arts, law, and a variety of nonprofits. Their collective impact has created a reputation for MPSN that carries serious respect.
OUR ALUMNI HAVE GONE ON TO HOLD
Our alumni know what it feels like to be an MPSN Fellow - moving to DC, living with a crowd of new faces, discovering the city’s culture and events, and trying to figure out their place in the world, both personally and professionally. We bring several of these alumni back every summer to give our Fellows a head start in all of these areas. They donate their time with personal insights and advice on their work in government, policymaking, foreign affairs, media, PR firms, academia, as well as general networking and career planning.
We also run a mentoring program, matching each Fellow with our alumni speakers and other alumni in their fields. This not only gives our Fellows a crash course on the world of public service but also gives them a view into that world, tailored to understanding Muslim experiences in these spaces. This gives them immediate empowerment as more educated American Muslim citizens, regardless of their future career choices.
After their MPSN summer, our Fellows become part of the MPSN extended family, which means that they get to join our active alumni network. We take the “N” in “MPSN” very seriously, creating alumni events around the country and a quarterly alumni newsletter with updates about the incoming class and recent accomplishments of our alumni (and there are many!).
The active networking of alumni across the decades of MPSN classes has had personal and public impact in ways that are impossible to count. Here is just example: years ago, an alumnus working at the Treasury Department networked with an alumnus from Ramallah to ensure that a Treasury Department delegation met with Palestinians during their fact-finding visit to Israel.
When we started MPSN, there were few role models for Muslims in DC. But thanks to MPSN alumni over the past 25 years, we have an extensive network that helps mentor the next generation of public servants. I’m proud that we played a role in making this happen.
- Shahed Amanullah,
MPSN Board of Directors
US Foreign Policy Toward Muslim-Majority Countries