Arslan Muradi knew he wanted to study human rights and international conflict resolution, and received a merit scholarship from a program enabling Afghan students to attend college in the United States
Like many students, Arslan Muradi had a gap between high school graduation and his first year of college. Muradi spent three years working for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) before being accepted into the AMZ Renaissance Foundation Afghanistan Undergraduate Fellowship Program (AUFP) and coming to Hampshire College. The Fellowship Program, created by the AMZ Renaissance Foundation and American Councils for International Education, provides merit scholarships for Afghan students to attend college in the United States. Muradi is one of only ten students who have been accepted into the program.
Applying to AUFP, Muradi knew he wanted to study human rights and international conflict resolution. Based on this passion and his other interests, the program matched Muradi with Hampshire College.In his first semester of Division I, Muradi took Political Anthropology of South Asia, taught by Visiting Assistant Professor of South Asian Studies Vishnupad. In the class, Muradi investigated efforts to resolve the India-Pakistan conflict from 1947 to the present. The course strengthened Muradi's commitment to studying international conflict resolution in his Division II Concentration.
Muradi says he sees an almost unlimited variety of subjects and ways to study them through Hampshire's belonging to the Five College Consortium.
Aside from academics, Muradi is an active member of a number of student groups, including Students of Under-Represented Cultures and Ethnicities (SOURCE) and the Forum of International Students at Hampshire (FISH). Muradi is able to live with other international students in the International Students Mod in Greenwich.
"There couldn't be a better place than Hampshire for me," he says.
Now in his second semester, Muradi has a vision for how he will leverage his college education. "I want to work with conflict resolution firms in and out of Afghanistan," he says. "Mostly through economic development, I would like to make Afghanistan a better place to live."