This summer, Mercy Investment Services welcomes Ahmad Sulaiman Waziri as socially responsible investing intern through the Croatan Institute’s BIPOC Leaders Advancing an Inclusive and Sustainable Economy (BLAISE) program. The BLAISE program strives to increase the participation of undergraduate students identifying as Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) in the sustainable and impact investing industries through a six-week paid summer internship.
Ahmad, a senior transfer student at Mercy-sponsored Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, says, “Originally commencing my educational journey in Afghanistan, my aspirations were abruptly disrupted by the Taliban’s takeover. Having enrolled at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), I found myself at risk of being targeted by the Taliban. Consequently, I was fortunate enough to be evacuated to the United States, where I received the invaluable opportunity to resume my studies. This journey has not only allowed me to continue my education but has also presented me with diverse avenues for academic and personal growth. I am deeply grateful for these experiences, which have shaped me into a resilient and determined individual.”
Ahmad is supporting shareholder advocacy, Mercy Partnership Fund and communications while learning about the many aspects of socially responsible investing.