For Nagat Khalifa, discovering UNF’s Interfaith Center empowered her to begin a personal journey of service to others. That all began her first semester on campus and hasn’t stopped yet.
“I was in QUEST, which is a weeklong program that freshmen are invited to participate in, and it shows you the different resources on campus available to students, and they helped us get ready before Summer classes started,” Khalifa said. “Going in, I didn't know a lot about the Interfaith Center, but as I got to know the staff more and attended events, I loved how inclusive and loving the environment was.”
The experience opened her eyes to a world of possibilities. She is now a student advocate in Student Government and is a part of the Community Alliance for Student Success (CASS). “Being a part of CASS has been a great opportunity,” Khalifa said. “The environment and the mission of the organization to be supportive and be there for students is amazing. I'm grateful to be a member.” She also serves as a Presidential Envoy and is the president of the Arab Student Union, a club she started on campus alongside her friends.
Khalifa’s service to the community didn’t stop there. Within Jacksonville, Khalifa works with refugees who need help filling out immigration and other government paperwork. “I go along with families to doctor appointments to help interpret from English to Arabic, and I tutor some of the kids if they need help with schoolwork,” Khalifa said. “A couple refugee families have my number and will call or text me whenever they need my help.”
As Khalifa finishes her degree at UNF, she plans to stay involved on and off campus and continue her journey doing what she is most passionate about ― serving the community.
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