It's time for a difference!
I am Indiana. You are Indiana. Together, we are Indiana! I'm a longtime Hoosier. In 2001, I graduated from Lake Central High School in St. John, IN. I went on to attend Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. While attending college, I became a youth minister and was the president of a campus Christian student organization. With a lifetime of volunteering and community service under my belt through AmeriCorps, I became a schoolteacher. In 2014, I returned to college to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a lawyer. After graduating from Valparaiso University School of Law, I became the Executive Director and Presiding Officer for a human rights agency. I am also an ADA and Title VI Coordinator. I'm a faculty member at Indiana University. I also operate my own referral service which provides legal and mental health services to low-income clients nationwide. I'm the stepdaughter of a retired United Steelworker and factory worker. I come from a family of veterans and decorated soldiers who served their country proudly. I'm ready to serve!
Haneefah Khaaliq currently serves as a human rights agency director and is also an ADA and Title VI Coordinator. She is currently a faculty member at Indiana University and runs a small virtual social service agency where individuals who earn a low-income or are on a fixed income can receive legal assistance, information, and counseling services nationwide for free or at a discounted rate.
Ms. Khaaliq is a former Girl Scout of America where the mission is to nurture and mold girls into responsible adults. In 2001, Ms. Khaaliq graduated as an Honor Roll student from Lake Central High School in St. John, IN, and went on to earn High Honors at Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis. After teaching for a number of years, she returned to school to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a lawyer. In 2017, she graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law.
Ms. Khaaliq views running for office and voting as two of the highest forms of activism. As a former public-school teacher turned lawyer, she is passionate for education and improving the lives of others. Her top three campaign focuses are improving education, reducing poverty, and expanding the civil rights law and Americans with Disabilities Act.
Ms. Khaaliq has received several awards which include the Diversity Champion Award, recognition by the Indiana Women Lawyer’s Association, and Teacher of the Year. She has also received multiple Corporation for National and Community Service Awards.
In 2022, Ms. Khaaliq became the first African American to run for the U.S. Senate in a general election in Indiana and one of the first African American women to seek a major party's nomination. She is currently Vice President of the Indiana Consortium for State & Local Human Rights Agencies and a member of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies.