Policy Students Discuss the Asylum System & Starting A Nonprofit

By Maddie Bunting |

On Friday, October 30th, the UCR School of Public Policy will host a talk by sophomore public policy major Nava Majlesi on “Understanding the Asylum System” and senior public policy major Maya Prasad on “A Guide to Starting Your Own Nonprofit.” The double-feature event is a part of the School’s Student Spotlight Series.

“Understanding the Asylum System”

Majlesi, who is the elected Senator for the School of Public Policy student body, will present an analysis of current asylum policies, drawing from her recent work at an immigration law firm. 

Seeing first-hand the effects of the policy restrictions from the Trump administration, I have discovered an intensified passion for immigration policy,” said Majlesi. “Presidential elections may affect policies in the future. The candidates’ platforms regarding the issue are polarized, so it is crucial that voters are well-informed in order to cast a knowledgeable vote.”

“A Guide to Starting Your Own Nonprofit”

Prasad, a Dean’s Ambassador at the School of Public Policy and Co-Founder of Thrive Together, will be talking about forming a nonprofit, drawing from her experience creating her own.

“Creating a nonprofit is a great way to utilize your degree in public policy and create lasting change in communities,” said Prasad. “As someone who is in the process of creating a nonprofit, I think it’s important to lay out a guide so that other passionate social entrepreneurs can navigate a typically overwhelming process.” 

This event is open to the general public. Attendees must register to attend. Registrants will receive an email in advance of the event with a link to join. 

This event is part of the UCR School of Public Policy Student Spotlight Series, which features the policy-related work of UCR public policy students. During the shelter-in-place order for California, all events are being held online. For more information, visit