Muhammed Javed ’13, Macaulay Honors College at Baruch College, selected for public sector conference at Harvard

Muhammed Javed ’13 of Baruch is one of only forty students from around the country to be selected for a four-day conference on study and service in the public sector.

The Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC) will be held at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government from February 17-20, 2011 and is designed to inform students about careers in the public sector. The conference will not only provide an introduction to the field of public policy, but will also include a series of distinguished speakers, policy workshops, and exposure to possible public service careers. The conference will encourage students who possess a commitment to public service to prepare for graduate study in public policy and international affairs, as well as to provide information on financial support through various fellowship programs.

The conference aims to attract students from groups under-represented in public policy and international affairs in an effort to increase the diversity of students receiving these professional degrees. The conference will help prepare future leaders for study in public policy, particularly those from historically under-served communities and people of color. Participants receive paid travel, accommodations, and meals.

Mr. Javed was selected based on good academic standing and demonstrated commitment to public service, measured through student leadership and activism, participation in the civic aspects of school or community, and volunteer commitments in high school and college.

Muhammad is a Psychology and History double-major. He is also pursuing a minor in Interdisciplinary Studies of NYC, Entrepreneurship, and is considering Real Estate Development. Fluent in four languages (English, Urdu, Punjabi, and Arabic), Muhammad also knows Italian and a bit of Spanish on a conversational level. He is Marketing Chair of The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Student Association at Baruch College (formerly American Humanics), is currently co-chairing Baruch and Hunter College’s annual American Cancer Society: Relay for Life, and is a founding member of the Baruch Honors Student Council.

Muhammad is a 2010 Jackson-Stricks Scholarship recipient, and was recognized for Academic Excellence by the College Access Consortium of New York in the same year. He received the Lighthouse International Syde Hurdus Presidential Award in 2009, and was a New York Times Scholar semifinalist. Muhammad is the first person in his family to attend college.

Muhammad says he appreciates the many opportunities he has been able to pursue at Macaulay. He would love someday to meet author and physician Oliver Sacks to share his interest in research in the area of neurological limitations. Just like Dr. Sacks, Muhammad has lost an eye to retinal cancer.

Muhammad plans to go on to graduate study to further his quest for knowledge. Ultimately, Muhammad wants to work in public health, particularly in the area of vision/ophthalmology. His personal experience with retinal cancer and vision loss drives him to help prevent other people from having to face such adversities. Muhammad wants to dedicate his life to helping people appreciate vision.

About Macaulay Honors College

Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York offers an exceptional academic and co-curricular environment. Macaulay students enroll in one of seven CUNY senior colleges (Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, Lehman, Queens and Staten Island). Through the unique Macaulay advising program, each student develops a coordinated, individualized academic program that includes research, global learning, graduate and professional mentoring, community engagement, and close faculty-student collaboration. Selected for their top high school records and leadership potential, every Macaulay student receives a full-tuition scholarship, a laptop and technology support, a $7,500 study grant to pursue global learning and service opportunities, and a Cultural Passport that provides access to more than 200 museums, libraries, and other treasures around New York City. With the admission of the Class of 2014, Macaulay marks the beginning of its tenth year. For more information about Macaulay Honors College, see

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