Hailing from McKinney, Texas, Mushfequr Rahman is an MPP candidate at the Jackson School of Global Affairs. Before Jackson, Mushfequr was the recruitment & engagement specialist for CitySquare AmeriCorps, one of the largest programs in North Texas, and an English teaching assistant at a primary school in Madrid, Spain. He graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University in Dallas as a President’s Scholar with majors in international studies and health & society and minors in Spanish and biological science. At SMU, he led multiple organizations alongside faculty, staff, and peers, researched cultural competence in public health programming, and received the M Award, the highest student honor at SMU. His interests in community building led him to intern at the State Department (first at the Foreign Service Institute and later with the Diplomat in Residence of Texas), serve as a CitySquare AmeriCorps member with the Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation, and learn Urdu in Lucknow, India on a Critical Language Scholarship. He speaks Spanish, Arabic, Bangla, Urdu, and French. As a U.S. State Department Rangel Fellow, Mushfequr aspires to expand diversity and inclusion in U.S. foreign affairs through cultural and community programming. At Jackson, he plans to deepen his understanding of how diplomacy, multiculturalism, and human rights intersect both in and out of the classroom.