Rajaa Qadri, Bucknell University

Featured Scholar

Fall 2008

Rajaa Qadri was born in Pakistan and moved to the United States with her family at the age of 14. Quickly acclimating to life in a new country, she excelled academically and became valedictorian of her graduating high school class at Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington, D.C. Rajaa is currently in her third year at Bucknell University, studying sociology and American politics with a concentration in legal studies and plans to go to law school.

She has also taken leadership roles in many extracurricular activities on campus. As a second-year resident assistant, she is responsible for a dorm community of 35 students, responding to emergencies, facilitating conflict resolutions and counseling her peers on personal and career issues. Rajaa is also president of the South Asian Students organization, a senior staff writer for the university paper—The Bucknellian—and editor of the multicultural student services newsletter.

This summer, Rajaa interned with the Midwest Academy, a Chicago-based institute committed to social, economic and racial justice. After a comprehensive training on community organizing, she was tasked with organizing for the Equal Voice for America’s Families campaign which held a multi-city convention of 15,000 families in Birmingham, Chicago and Los Angeles to call on the country and its next president to address the socioeconomic challenges that families face. In her organizing role, Rajaa worked with the Inter-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) to identify key community leaders and help facilitate 40 town hall meetings to engage families and encourage their participation in the Equal Voice campaign.

“One of the reasons I chose to work with IMAN this summer is because I wanted to explore organizing as a profession,” she says. “The skills I’ve learned have enhanced my passion for social justice and made me believe that change is possible.”