Bachelor of Arts
ISF-UCI Muslim Alumni Scholarship
Humna Rub is a rising third year undergraduate student. As a senior in high school Humna was accepted in an accelerated 3+3 program at her university allowing her to complete her undergraduate and law school degree in six years. As an International Studies major with a concentration in Africa and the Middle East, she has applied what she has learned to her activist work in her community. By analyzing different systems and governments, she was able to see the problems present in her community and is actively playing a role on fixing it.
At her local mosque, Humna has played a strong role as a youth leader and is focused on college education for first generation students. As a first-generation college student herself, Humna found herself navigating herself around the world of applying for colleges and financial aid. She now has created a new mentoring program where an upperclassman will be paired with a high school student creating a mentorship where the student can receive help on the process of applying to college and financial aid.
Humna was first inspired to get involved in politics and activism in her early teens, and since then she has played a large role in the Democratic party in her hometown. She also played a large role as president of Girl Up, a United Nations organization, which advocates for women’s rights and lobbies for support from local politicians. Humna has organized political marches in her hometown concerning the civil rights of the Muslim and Jewish community, volunteered for political campaigns, and currently is working as a fellow for the Philadelphia chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations. Her passion in understanding Islam and politics led her to go to Oman this past year to study their system of government which has led them to become the “Switzerland of the Middle East.” While pursuing her interests in studying foreign political systems, Humna is also passionate about domestic issues such as access to education, the environment, the health care system and resources for disadvantaged communities. Recently, she organized a sister March for Science with more than 2,000 people in attendance fighting for action against climate change.
Besides the work she does outside of school and working, Humna is going to school in hopes of becoming an international lawyer and working in the United Nations one day.
Areas of interest
- Foreign Policy