Project Nur (PN) is a student-led initiative of the American Islamic
Congress, created after 9/11 to challenge increasingly negative
perceptions of Muslims. As a non-religious and human rights based
organization, PN seeks to create a civic identity grounded in
pluralism and progressive thinking for interested Muslim and
non-Muslim students. Additionally, we hope to establish a sense of
community for students of all backgrounds, inclusive of those who have
previously felt alienated or uncomfortable voicing themselves. PN’s multicultural and multifaith community is firmly
committed to the advancement of civil rights, promoting social justice
and civic engagement. With the
belief that responsible leadership is the remedy for the pressing
challenges facing the American-Muslim community, PN leaders
promote nonviolence, equality, and free expression.
Past campus events and activities have included
addressing pressing issues and concerns in the Muslim world, hosting
speakers to discuss matters that range from honor killings to the
Iranian election crisis, fundraisers to build and support schools in
Afghanistan, as well as interfaith events.
PN provides students with
an open, accepting space where they can learn about Muslim identity,
confront often controversial issues faced by Muslim communities around
the world, and spread awareness through events, service, and activism.