From being a Bepko Scholar to becoming one of 22 students recognized as Chancellor’s Scholars at the 2021 Chancellor's Academic Honors Convocation, Isra Haider has made the most of her time at IUPUI.
Haider majored in both biology and sociology, and received a minor in population health sciences. She is attending the McKinney School of Law at IUPUI this fall with a focus on health and human rights as a Bepko Fellow.
During her time at IUPUI, Haider was also involved with the Pakistani Student Association, Jagathon, and LHSI, as well as being a founding officer of Women4Change at IUPUI—the first student chapter in Indiana.
“Women for Change is a state-level non-profit, and their goal is to mobilize women to be more civically and politically engaged,” said Haider.
Haider said that the inaugural club members decided to structure the organization around three main themes: education, empowerment, and engagement. These themes led the way for programming such as hosting monthly speakers, attending women’s marches, and menstrual hygiene service events.
At the start of her undergraduate career, Haider imagined herself pursuing something more clinical in nature after she graduated; however, her sociology major and work with Women4Change led her to law.
“I realized I was still interested in health, but I was more interested in looking at it from a different perspective, a different angle, and trying to improve the health of the community as a whole,” said Haider.
Haider was recognized with a 2019 Women’s History Month Award for her work with Women4Change as well as other contributions.