Nawal is currently finishing her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Music at York University in Toronto. She has been a leader at York's Model UN from 2013-2016 where she honed her public speaking and debating skills, later serving as Treasurer, and then as Vice-President. She has worked in the Mississauga Library System for nearly 5 years, where she currently provides reference assistance to patrons.
In 2016, Nawal began participating in a civic leadership development program with the Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW). Her research interests include feminism, anti-racism, political economy and political philosophy.