Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Sadia Nuhu

An Outstanding Islander

Outline photo of Sadia Nuhu

Creating Cultural Awareness

When Sadia Nuhu came to the Island University in spring 2009, she realized there was little participation from African students at campus cultural events, so the Ghana native worked to make an important change.   

Nuhu met with the Office of International Education to form and become president of the African Students Organization, which now has around 20 active students who proudly display their flags from the five countries they represent. She has organized an African fashion show and other performances on campus and at the Solomon Coles Recreation Center.

“My main goal has been to promote African culture within the University community so people can have appreciation, education, and information of the African people,” said Nuhu, who received her bachelor’s in health science in 2011. “I believe culture is what defines us.”

Her focus at the University is to promote cultural awareness through education, entertainment, and friendship. But Nuhu’s reach extends far beyond campus.

In 2004, she came to Corpus Christi with SGS Adventures to sponsor a Brazilian dance troupe to promote cultural awareness and education. All CCISD students and teachers were provided tickets to attend the show. Eight years later, she has remained in the city to support International Education Week at CCISD schools and organize children’s dance workshops and community events that celebrate diversity. Through her work with the University’s International Relations Office, she served on the Council of Cultures with Mayor Joe Adame as the main advisor to promote multicultural events and awareness in Corpus Christi. She was involved in city programs for kids, and volunteered at a recent fundraiser to raise more than $8,500 to assist Asante Africa, a non-profit organization.

“My passion is to embrace who we are, while we celebrate the culture of others,” she said. “That kind of awareness promotes a peaceful existence and respect in our community.”

The single mother, who received the 2011 Outstanding Graduating Health Science Student Award for her professional involvement and work with peer groups, hopes to inspire others. While earning her master’s degree in counseling, she also teaches African dance classes at the Dugan Wellness Center and is a research assistant for Dr. Richard Ricard.
 
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