Hometown: Danbury, Conn.
Major: History - International Relations
WCSU Degree: Master of Arts in History
Honors and Awards: Recipient of the Vice President of Student Affairs Student Leadership Award, 2006; received a two year, full-tuition scholarship for 2006-08 from the Student Government Association (SGA); recipient of the WCSU Student Organization of the year Award, 2005; Who’s Who Among Students In American Universities and Colleges, 2008
SGA president 2006-08, chief justice 2004-06; Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity sergeant at arms 2007-08; student representative on the Student Advisory Board (SAB) to the CSU system, Faculty Senate, University Planning and Budgeting Committee (UPBC), WCSU Foundation Board, Graduate Council, graduate and undergraduate Commencement Committee, NEASC 2007-08; Justice and Law Club president 2005-06, vice president 2004-05; secretary 2003-04; Volunteer work at Broadview Middle School’s after school program to help the children with their extra curricular activities; work full time as a loss prevention supervisor at Kohl's Inc.
Danbury resident Imran Qazi came to WestConn "because the justice and law administration (JLA) program was highly recommended and so was the university environment." As an undergraduate, he majored in JLA with a minor in business, and received a Bachelor of Science in justice and law administration in 2006. "I decided to major in that because I have always wanted to work in the government sector and I felt that the JLA department would best prepare me for that and it has," Qazi says. "I was also impressed by the faculty in the JLA department."
Graduating after five years as an undergraduate, Qazi decided to attend graduate school at WestConn, too. "My graduate major is in history with a concentration in international relations," he explains. "I decided to major in this field because I wanted to expand my knowledge globally and since I plan on working in the field it best suited my needs."
Asked what he will remember most about his WestConn experience, Qazi says, “I have had many memorable experiences at WCSU but my most memorable was as SGA president getting the New York Times delivered for free on campus with assistance from the Provost, Dr. Linda Rinker. I have always felt that reading is the best way to enhance one's knowledge and that it should be available to all students for free on campus!”
After graduation, Qazi ’s long-term goal includes working for the FBI and/or the United Nations. "I would like to one day become the Chief Ambassador for the United States to Pakistan, where my family is originally from," Qazi says. "I would love nothing more than to help bring peace across the world."
Qazi’s advice to new students entering WCSU is: “Put your academics first as they will shape your future. The opportunities given to you at WCSU are endless, but it is your responsibility to grab them and use them to your advantage. Get involved in your spare time on campus. I would also recommend that you go to the Career Development Center, so they can give you all the guidance you need to make your future brighter than ever.”