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The University of Texas at Austin
Rim-Freeman Point Scholar
Khushboo Panjwani is an international relations and anthropology double major at The University of Texas at Austin. Having witnessed many human rights abuses from a young age, Khushboo's passion for human rights and protecting others manifested early on. What Khushboo values most in her academics is exposure; to knowledge and ideas that she does not yet possess, and to experiences she has not yet acquired. It was with this mindset that she entered university. She worked with refugees as an intern for the International Rescue Committee in 2014 and served as an Ambassador for the Aga Khan Foundation | Partnerships in Action in 2015. In the summer of 2015, Khushboo interned for Impilo Phambili in South Africa, where she conducted research in townships that were formally designated for black occupation by apartheid legislation. This is where her passion for cultural understanding and the intersectionality of oppression grew. In the summer of 2016, she fell in love with the language of Arabic at the intensive Arabic Summer Institute at UT. It was not until the fall of 2016 that Khushboo realized she was part of the LGBTQ+ community. After coming out to her friends, family, and entire Muslim community, she faced much discrimination, and as a result became a financially independent student. As of spring 2017, Khushboo is the Vice President of Amnesty International UT Chapter. A Pakistani, Muslim, queer, independent student, and woman, Khushboo has experienced and witnessed marginalization in many forms. She hopes to focus her academics on the intersectionality of oppression and bridge gaps in cultural understanding.