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Two Attend Project Nur Conference

As one of the newest campus chapters of Project Nur – a national, student-led initiative of the American Islamic Congress – student representatives from HWS recently attended the annual Project Nur National Student Leadership Conference, held in Washington, D.C. At the event, HWS Project Nur co-presidents Alex McCartin ’10 and Syed Zaidi ’12 joined hundreds of student leaders from chapters across the United States to learn more about being a better campus leader, brainstorm new ideas with other student leaders and attend a keynote speech by internationally renowned photographer and humanist, Reza.

The two day conference was comprised of a program-packed schedule, which included several break-out sessions with topics ranging from community engagement, empowerment and unity. During the sessions, Zaidi, McCartin and other student leaders were able to hear the insights of speakers from the American Islamic Congress, The Fund for American Studies and Interfaith Youth Core-all in an effort to educate and inspire these leaders to continue and progress their efforts on their respective campuses.

McCartin and Zaidi returned to campus with high praise for the conference. Zaidi explained that attending, “…gave us an opportunity to meet the people at the top of the Project Nur organization and to get in touch with other chapters on other campuses.”

McCartin agreed, saying that, “As a chapter in upstate New York, it gave us a chance to gain a better understanding of the larger organization and to coordinate possible programs with other chapters. We were also able to come up with a number of new ideas for potential events for Hobart and William Smith.”

Project Nur derives its name from the Arabic word “Nur,” which means “light” and stands for social justice. The club focuses on social justice and, as part of the American Islamic Conference, one of its goals is to educate people about the secular, cultural and peaceful aspects of Islam, the second largest and among the most diverse religion in the world.

At HWS, Project Nur is one of the newest as well as up-and-coming student organizations on campus. For more information about the organization or to find out how you can get involved, contact

In the photo above (l to r) is Zaidi, Reza and McCartin.