The Muslim Students’ Association isn’t much of an association without its community members. MSA-ers routinely go above and beyond the call of duty to plan and execute events and campaigns, share their great ideas, and generally help other members of the community. In recognition of so many contributions, each month an outstanding member is nominated as MSA-er of the Month. The MSA-er of the Month for March 2013 is Nawal Peracha!
Nawal Peracha is a Junior studying BCN (Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience). Hailing from Monroe, Michigan, Nawal was interested in being involved with the MSA partly because her older sister, Asma, did the same. As Nawal started going to various events and becoming familiar with the MSA community, she developed a personal attachment to the sense of unity, peace, and spirituality that surrounds MSA. Nawal’s main contribution this year was being the MRelay, UM’s chapter of Relay for Life, co-captain for the Muslim Students’ Association. Nawal, along with her co-captain, Syed Ferdous, planned fundraisers throughout the semester as well as the organization of the MSA’s table at the main Relay event on April 20th. MRelay took a lot of publicizing and rallying of community members, Nawal, wished to jokingly apologize for the “avalanche of emails people got from me leading up to Relay” in an email interview. Nawal states that an anthropology course she took influenced how she may assess and solve problems saying “to solve any problem you have to look not just at what’s directly in front of you but also the underlying structural issues that allowed the problem to happen in the first place.”