School: Wayne State University
Sponsor: Afzal Family Foundation
Message to Supporters:
My name is Nabintou Doumbia; my passion in the social sciences trace way back to a time before I even new that there was terminology for the study of society, its structures, and functions; and I am a 2017 ISF scholarship recipient because of individuals like you who have believed in and cared about my passions enough to invest in them, to invest in me.
Because of your generosity, there lies not a single doubt in mind that my 13-year-old self believes in me now, as much as I needed her to believe in herself then. It is this same belief that has now been strengthened into the foundation for which I build the pillars for all of my work, efforts, and initiatives.
One primary example of this is the TEDxTalk that I delivered on the lack of feminine hygiene products provided to female inmates in Michigan state prisons. Without such belief, I would not view my work as an obligation communicated to me by the eleventh verse in the thirteenth chapter of the Holy Qur’an, “… verily, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is within themselves.” It is this verse that motivates me to continue work that both, pressures and influences, public policy/opinion because that is included in the job description of a Muslim. Therefore, I work to use my voice—both in writing and in speech—as I did in my talk, as a means of power, used to empower.
This scholarship by the Islamic Scholarship Fund will impact my education by assisting me to do exactly that—continuing to use my hands, voice, and heart—as the words of the prophet (peace be upon him) instructs me to do—against injustice and for liberation and empowerment.
Thank you for your investment in my work, education, future plans, but especially for investing in my belief that I can use Sociology as a tool for being the agent of social change toward which I aspire. May Allah accept from you as a sadaqa jariyah (continuous charity) and from me as an amanah (trust). JazakumAllah Khair.
Bio: Nabintou Doumbia is in the process of attaining her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Sociology at Wayne State University (WSU). She is an honors student at WSU; a proud Detroiter and the daughter of two, Ivorian immigrants from Ivory Coast, West Africa. She completed high school at the only private, Islamic school in her city—Al-Ikhlas Training Academy (ATA). It was at ATA where she developed a passion community activism that facilitates positive social change, embedded in Islamic principle and practices. Since, she continues youth work that centers the needs for transformative youth programming, understanding identity, passion exploration, mentorship, and spiritual grounding for Muslim youth with the Muslim American Society’s (MAS) Detroit chapter as a member of the executive youth council; Outreach Chair of her university’s Muslim Student Association (MSA); Associate Director of Detroit’s Muslim Interscholastic Tournament (MIST); and co-founder of Sisterhood in Yere Lon [The Knowledge of Self]. She was recently selected as a fellow in the Muslim Wellness Foundation’s first cohort for its Developing Emerging Leaders Fellowship (D.R.E.L).
Areas of Interest:
Law, Black Immigration, Academia/Research