Askar Mirza

Bergen Community College alumnus Askar Mirza, ’24, majored in political science so that he can pursue a career in government service. He chose Bergen because he wanted a chance to start again. “I felt it would give me a chance to start fresh and rebuild,” said Mirza. He felt that the “support from students and faculty to succeed and thrive” made him successful at Bergen.

Mirza is now a member of the statewide Youth Council for the Department of Children and Families and serves as an intern at the federal humanitarian agency, USAID. He served as the treasurer of Bergen’s Student Government Association (SGA) in 2022-2023.

He served as an intern for the Office of Assemblywoman Shama Haider and the volunteer coordinator for State Senator Holly Schepisi’s 2023 reelection campaign.

With his spirited interest in politics, Mirza launched his own campaign for one of Ridgefield Park’s five at-large commissioner seats and was elected to serve on the Ridgefield Park Township Commission. He is the youngest municipal official in the state.

Askar Mirza

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (, a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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