Washington: The Georgetown University Student Association (GUSA) has elected the first Muslim student to serve as its president at the school which brands itself as America’s “oldest Catholic and Jesuit institute of higher learning".
Enushe Khan joined the board of the university Muslim Student Association (MSA) soon after arriving at Georgetown, and served as chair of Interfaith and Service for five semesters, reports The Hoya – the school’s oldest and largest student newspaper.
According to the report, Khan’s Muslim identity has been an integral part of her campus activism from the start of her academic career at Georgetown. During her freshman year, Khan was elected to a seat on the GUSA after she observed a lack of halal foods that are required under Islamic dietary law on the school’s campus.
While a member of the GUSA senate, Khan reportedly called for both more halal and kosher foods to be more readily available at Georgetown’s dining facilities. As an MSA board member, she also worked to expand interfaith programming with other faith groups on campus.
“Food was a big issue, and that was sort of affecting my health,” Khan said. “That was a common trend with other Muslim students as well. It’s something that was never a concern for Dining or Auxiliary Services until it really came up in GUSA.”
Khan said as GUSA president, she hopes to continue the same outreach she performed while on the MSA board.
Khan also joined the board of the Muslim Student Association early in her Georgetown career, serving as chair of Interfaith and Service for five semesters.
While on the MSA board, Khan helped to expand interfaith programming with other student faith groups like the Hindu Student Association and the Jewish Student Association.
Khan said she sees her time on the MSA as illustrative of the kind of community outreach she wants to continue as GUSA president.
“The MSA was pretty insular and isolated from the rest of the campus ministry community, and one thing I really wanted to do was start some more programming with JSA, HSA and other groups,” Khan said.