Project Nur

Project Nur is a student-led initiative advocating for social justice by empowering responsible leaders to cultivate an environment of acceptance and mutual respect between Muslims and other communities. Project Nur hopes to achieve this by engaging, promoting, and leading students to create a space for students of different cultural backgrounds and experiences to celebrate the diversity in our nation and challenge stereotypes, and to create an eclectic community that gathers Muslims and non-Muslims of diverse perspectives, based on the principles of social justice and pluralism. Project Nur holds meetings, festivals, educational trips, lectures, and discussions throughout the academic year to achieve these goals, which are open to all students.

Among its goals are to:

  • Encourage diversity and religious tolerance among the student body.
  • Support those who wish to practice their faith.
  • Promote a hospitable relationship between Muslim and non-Muslim members of the Allegheny Community.
  • Strengthen the faith and unity of Muslim and non-Muslim students.

Muslim Life on Campus

  • IAS1Prayer space is designated in our Prayer and Meditation Retreat
  • Halal meals can be arranged on an individual basis.
  • There is a small mosque in Erie (45 minutes away) and Islamic Centers in Pittsburgh and Cleveland (within 2 hours). Periodically, the college arranges field trips to these mosques or hosts visits from imams.
  • To make arrangements or for additional information, students should contact Office of Spiritual and Religious Life at 814-332-2800.

“As a non-Muslim, I can honestly say that Project Nur has shown me so much hospitality and kindness.  Anyone of any faith is welcome to come and learn about the Islamic faith and culture.  The members are wonderful and the events are always a blast!””


—Yazim A. Pena ’15