Educator Launches Travel Fund To Help Black Woman Studying Abroad Find Their Joy
By Stephanie Ogbogu
Guided by the words of Black feminist writer bell hooks, Dr. Nina Daoud believes that empowering students to “be better scholars” is to provide them with the knowledge necessary “to live more fully in the world beyond academe.” That’s why she has recently launched the June Jordan Joy Fund, a travel fund for undergraduate Black women who are studying abroad.
The fund is inspired by the life of poet, essayist, teacher, and activist, June Jordan. Jordan was an advocate for the civil rights of African Americans, women, and the LGBTQ+ community. She was also a professor, teaching in both New York and California.
The travel fund is one that is especially close to Dr. Daoud’s heart. As a junior at Cornell University, she was accepted to a study abroad program in Copenhagen, Denmark. The school would cover the expenses related to school and board, however, Daoud would not be able to fully experience life abroad without coming out of pocket on her own. For this reason, she reluctantly turned down the opportunity. Since then, she’s experienced 30 countries and intends on helping other Black women do the same.
The June Jordan Joy Fund seeks to provide Black women who will be studying abroad with $500 to be used for the sole purpose of experiencing their new surroundings. Whether that means a weekend excursion or a visit to friends in neighboring countries, it’s all about finding your joy.
The June Jordan Joy Fund will be accepting donations throughout the remainder of the year and will begin distributing the funds in early 2020 for women studying abroad in Spring 2020. If you’d like to donate or apply, visit junejordanjoy.com. You can also follow Dr. Daoud on Instagram and Twitter.