“I care a lot about who is being heard, who stands to benefit, and who is being pushed out as this city continues to change.”
Rudayna works in philanthropy with a focus on equity and addressing racial, ethnic, and religious discrimination. She is involved in grassroots organizations and initiatives. Her work is “at the intersections of progressive city building and supporting emerging leaders, particularly individuals facing systemic socio-economic barriers.” Rudayna’s own favourite quality is her honesty. She told me, “In the work I do I think the stakes are too high to not have uncomfortable and real conversations. I rarely hesitate to speak up.” Rudayna told me her biggest hope is “to support my community in ways that are useful. I mean a lot of things by community--the spaces I belong to as a Muslim woman, as a Black woman--and the spaces I belong to in this neighbourhood and city. These things aren't divorced from one another but they are distinct in important ways.” What’s most important to Rudayna is justice. She told me it’s the one word that centralizes all she cares about, “including racial equity, closing the wealth gap, cities that are built for everyone.” She continued to say, “It's about dismantling broken systems; it's about love; it's about reimagining.”
What is one thing you know for sure?
"That we are meant to be good and kind to each other. And that there are people working hard to change things for the better, and they will succeed."
What is your proudest accomplishment and why?
"Pride is a complicated thing--I suppose I'd just say that I have a lot to be grateful for. I think I am always trying to learn, to improve, and to do meaningful work. I am proud of that. I am grateful that my mother is proud of me. I hope to be worth all of her courage and sacrifice. I didn't have many mentors growing up, but in my mother I had the greatest example of integrity and faith."