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Monday, May 15, 2023

Sumaya Nur

Sumaya Nur (BioMed '21) knows the impact an award can make.  She received the Collective Movement Award for Community Leadership during her final year at Waterloo and founded The Rights Project.

The Rights Project works alongside racialized communities to share and spread information on their legal rights and provide those within these communities with the tools to confidently advocate for themselves. In the role of executive director, Nur learned the importance supporting those who are systemically overlooked.

Her passion for social justice grew through conversations with her friends while at Waterloo. Their discussions were powerful and "ignited a fire" within her. 

"I would not be who I currently am without the support that I had at Waterloo — without the friends I made, without the professors that I encountered," Nur said.

The Collective Movement Award for Community Leadership provides support for African, Caribbean and Black undergraduate students wanting to build community through extracurricular or volunteer work and was established by Michael Robson (BA ’13).

To learn more about the inspiration behind The Collective Movement Award, please visit the Waterloo Magazine.