Hiyab Misghina ’24

Hiyab Misghina is a freshman at UCLA majoring in Political Science. She was driven to pursue this major as a result of her involvement as a precinct captain in the American Civil Liberties Union, her time in the Cesar Chavez Service Organization, and the Aaron Price Fellowship. She is also a part of UCLA’s First Year’s Scholars Program and is looking forward to discovering the guidance she will gain as a member of this group. Throughout Hiyab’s scholastic endeavors she has spent time volunteering as a youth mentor at her church, the City Heights Learning Center, and taking part in the program HADE–a network of Eritreans and Ethiopians in San Diego working to uplift the community. She also recently spent a summer in D.C. with the Aaron Price Fellowship, meeting members of Congress and exploring her interest in Public Policy.

This year she was recognized as a 2020 National Certificate of Distinction recipient of the NCWIT (National Center for Women and Information Technology) Award for Aspirations in Computing and may participate in the computer science opportunities provided at UCLA. Hiyab has always had a passion for civil rights/social justice issues, dance, and enjoys developing her tennis game; she hopes to continue these interests and become immersed in her new UCLA community. Receiving the Norma J. Ehrlich scholarship was not only an honor, but it also reassured her that her dream to practice law is possible and that she will have the support to do so.