Students at the University of California at Berkeley are planning a vigil for a future economics major who helped created an ethical clothing line and who was among the 20 hostages killed by militants in an attack on a restaurant in Bangladesh.
A memorial vigil is set for Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. to honor the lives of 18-year-old Tarishi Jain and others slain in the Bangladesh terrorist attack on the campus’s Sproul Plaza. The event is being hosted by the Associated Students of the University of California.
The university said that Jain was in the capital of Dhaka for a summer internship that began last month. The Indian national was working at a bank as part of a program arranged by UC Berkeley's Center for Bangladesh Studies. Jain graduated from the American International School in Dhaka and transferred to Berkeley in 2015.
At Cal, Jain was active on the International Student Advisory Board, a group that provides guidance to and organizes events for international students, the university said. She also helped create a clothing line named EthiCal Apparel whose profits are reinvested to provide microloans to low-income people who lack access to banking services.
“She was a very talented young lady with a passion to make a positive difference in the world. It is not just a loss for India or UC Berkeley, but a loss for the world,” said Sujit Chowdhury, a quality-management strategist whose donation launched UC Berkeley’s Center for Bangladesh Studies.