2010 Jacobson Scholar
Friday, December 3, 2010
Working towards global human equality is a noble cause.
Nabila Feroz Bhatti has devoted her life to human rights, peace education and empowerment of women in her homeland of Pakistan and has brought this vision to St. Cloud State University where she is working toward a master’s degree in social responsibility.
For her commitment to global equality, Bhatti is the 2010 Jacobson Scholar, a designation reserved for the top scholarship recipient from the Vincent L. Hawkinson Peace Scholarship.
The Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation seeks to: honor individuals who have made significant and sustained contributions to peace and justice; award scholarships to students how have demonstrated a deep commitment to peace and justice; encourage and inspire others to action for peace and justice by publicizing the activities of honorees and scholarship recipients.
“I believe that every person is a global citizen,” Bhatti said. “Constructive or destructive activities in any part of the world affect the whole of humanity and human nature.”
Actively participating in constructive activities, Bhatti has worked with civil society organizations as a member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, the Pattan Development Organization, the Taangh Wasaib Organization and the Catholic Bishops’ National Commission for Justice and Peace in Pakistan.
At St. Cloud State she has helped organize the 2009 and 2010 Global Social Responsibilities Conferences and film festivals and has presented workshops to area groups on Pakistan and Afghanistan and peace issues.
She has also presented at various conferences throughout Minnesota like the Social Change and Peace Conference for Youth and the Intersectionalities, Women’s and Gender Studies Conference.
Bhatti is in the United States with her sons, who are studying at St. John’s Preparatory School in Collegeville, Minn., while her husband, also a human rights activist, remains in Pakistan.
Bahatti plans to make take her experiences in America and St. Cloud State back to her homeland. The St. Cloud State program addresses a citizen’s responsibility to others, to society and to the environment,” Bhatti said. “After completing my graduate program, I will go back to Pakistan and will start the work again.”