Student Senate candidates

Below are the candidates for the 2020-21 Student Senate election.

Member at Large candidates

Hussein BazziHussein Bazzi

Class standing: Senior

Major: Public Health

Biography

Hussein Bazzi is currently a senior at Wayne State University, obtaining a dual degree in Public Health and University Honors, as well as a minor in Global Health and Social Medicine. Hussein previously served on Student Senate, as this will be his third year serving on Student Senate. Hussein is very excited to work with his fellow senators to represent and be the voice for many students here at Wayne State University. Hussein believes that different customs, beliefs, and culture all play a factor in molding Wayne State University's campus. Hussein believes that through his different experiences, beliefs, and upbringing, he will be able to contribute to the energy of the campus and help better it.  Hussein's primary goals are to lessen the financial burden student's face at Wayne State University, work first hand with Wayne State's Commuter population to come up with first-hand solutions to their concerns, bring about more awareness of mental health on campus, and work to ensure minority students have the tools to succeed. With the desire to represent and advocate for others, Hussein plans to attend medical school. Besides student senate, Hussein is involved in other organizations; Irvin D. Reid Honors College, Community of Scholars, Lebanese Student Association, Global Brigades, helping with political campaigns, and volunteering as a research assistant at Wayne State University's Emergency Medicine department. Hussein is excited to see what this next year will bring.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

My desire to run for student senate stems from my passion to advocate and represent my peers, working to cultivate a safe inclusive community that my peers are proud to be apart. Over the past two years, serving as a senator has allowed me to represent and address student concerns and need.  Witnessing the impact our work as a senate has had on our fellow Warrior's experience is a drive that continues to push me to want to be apart of this process. As a senator, I hope to work to bring about awareness to student concerns, like financial barriers, student's mental health, the environment on campus, as well as ensuring the proper tools to student's success. As a community one thing, I hope to work alongside one another to bring about more spirit and involvement on campus, the sense of Warrior pride seems to be lacking in some aspects.

Danishi BediDanishi Bedi

Class standing: Sophomore

Major: Public Health

Biography

My name is Danishi Bedi. I am a Public Health Major and Spanish Minor, pursuing a career in medicine. My passions include language-learning, traveling, and learning about culture and society. I have studied both Spanish and French, and I hope to add a few more languages to my list! My main goal in the future is to travel across the world, using the languages I know as a bridge to various types of people. I hopefully will be able to impact many people across the globe with the skills I will learn from my education in Public Health and Medicine. Outside of academics, I enjoy practicing my calligraphy, photography and videography, and baking! I also enjoy changing up my daily routine, whether it be by trying different types of food, doing new activities, or learning new skills. Dancing is something that I have been doing for years, and I am currently on a Bollywood Fusion competitive dance team at Wayne State. I also adore working with kids, and I have explored this passion through my volunteer work at the Children's Hospital of Michigan DMC.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

Wayne State University is a nesting ground for entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, teachers, athletes, and practically every other type of person you can think of. On top of this, though, it is full of passionate leaders. These are leaders who bring together people of all backgrounds, passions, and goals. These are leaders who see Wayne State University as a home and community, rather than simply an institution. I want to be a part of this group, which is comprised of just a small portion of the leaders Wayne State offers. I am interested in Student Senate because I want to approach the position in a way that exemplifies my own creative nature and passions. I also see our school as a society, with a distinct culture and spirit. I want to capitalize on the power our students hold and create new plans of action that will simply unleash the leader inside every student. I want to be a part of Student Senate because I want to find a place to call home inside this large community. On top of this, I feel that by being a part of Student Senate, I can help to create "homes" and connect other students with like-minded passions. I want to be a part of making every student feel as though they have a home to turn to no matter the stressors that University life brings. Our leaders need a place to grow, learn, and be successful, and I am ready to help make their homes at Wayne State even stronger.

Mannat BediMannat Bedi

Class standing: Sophomore

Major: Economics

Biography

My name is Mannat Bedi, and I am a first year undergraduate student pursuing a career in medicine, while studying Economics and Spanish. Through my studies, I have found a passion for medicine and economics. While many may believe that these subject matters do not quite click, I am an advocate for both, as I think that economics plays a huge role in our healthcare system today. In the future, I hope to be able to combine my fields of interest and study healthcare economics in specific. Additionally, I enjoy language and hope to delve deeper into my minor of Spanish. Learning about culture is extremely important to me as I plan to travel the world one day as a doctor. If I am not studying, working, or volunteering, I love to dance, paint, and drink an excessive amount of coffee. At Wayne, I am a part of Delta Epsilon Mu, a pre-health professional fraternity and WSW Jhatka, a competitive dance team. Being a part of both of these student organizations has allowed me to grow in my passions and meet people that are interested in similar careers and extracurriculars. My first year at Wayne would not have been the same without these groups.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

Saying that I felt out of place when I first arrived at Wayne last semester would be a major understatement.  Adjusting to college life never seemed like a huge obstacle for me. But, when I found myself on campus on the first day, I felt incredibly alone. When you grow up hearing everyone tell you that "college is the best four years of your life" and then finally getting to that point and feeling like you have no one to talk to, sit with in classes, or even eat with, it makes the entire experience even more dreadful. The first few months were painful; I spent a lot of my time in the student center, with my twin sister, or just studying for hours on end. Although difficult, I think this allowed me to understand my situation better and gain more independence. This is why I want to run for Student Senate. I want to be an advocate for those who may feel the same as I did when first arriving to school. I want to tell them that it does not stay like this forever, and the loneliness they may be feeling is only temporary. Wayne offers several opportunities for new students, but as a commuter, I often found it much harder to create friendships compared to those who lived on campus. I think that with increased opportunities from our first year seminar classes and more mandatory events for first year students to attend, an increased amount of students will be able to socialize and connect with people.

Basel BerryBasel Berry

Class standing: Senior

Major: Biochemistry

Biography

Basel Berry is a Junior in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wayne State University, majoring in Biological Chemistry. Basel is a pre-medical student who is passionate about pursuing a career in medicine. His dream is to become a neurosurgeon. Why a neurosurgeon? "Because a neurosurgeon brought my dad back to life after he got into a catastrophic car accident". Basel's main goal and focus is to get into Wayne State University's School of Medicine. Furthermore, he volunteered at a doctor's office for a total of four hundred hours during the summer of 2018. He has also been a volunteer tutor off campus, tutoring mathematics and different sciences for four years. In addition to that, he volunteered as an Orientation and STEM Day Leader. Currently, Basel Is writing a book that talks about Herbal Medicine that has hundreds of remedies, the book does not deny the fact of the current methods of treatment, but it gives an option to the reader to try herbal remedies that don't have side any side effects on the human body for non-urgent health issues. Basel is dedicated to give back to the community in any means possible.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

Back in 2016 when I started at Wayne Sate as a freshman, I struggled in the process of adapting to campus. I am running for student senate, because I want to change what I went through, to improve the experience for all students like me at Wayne State. In addition to that, I want to be a part of a positive contribution on campus. I want to be every student's voice, I will hear your wants and propose them as a student senator, and if they contribute in a positive way that benefits our campus as a whole, I will do whatever it takes and fight for it as warrior would do. The best thing on our campus, is the diversity, you will get to meet people from many cultures and ethnicities, and learn more about their beliefs, and cultures, I want to represent all students without discriminating. My main goal is to increase the student's success on our campus. And representing the student's voice as a student senator I will achieve these goals.

Riya ChhabraRiya Chhabra

Class standing: Junior

Major: Public Health

Biography

Hello everyone, my name is Riya Chhabra, and I am a third year pre-med student majoring in public health with a co-major in honors and a minor in Neuroscience. I presently serve as the Director of Student Services for Student Senate. My interests include general education reform, improving the dining experience, and increasing access to mental health and open education resources around campus. For the past two years that I have served on Senate, I have worked on these initiatives by providing feedback on new general education courses, advocating for a wider variety of meal plan options on the dining committee, and getting feminine and health products to be available in vending machines across campus. If re-elected, I would like to continue focusing on these initiatives and representing the students. Outside of senate, I am also the Professional Chair for Delta Epsilon Mu, a professional pre-health fraternity. I believe the leadership skills I have learned from there are transferable to my role as a Senator. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing tennis, and watching Grey's Anatomy.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

I am interested in running for Student Senate because I would like to continue working on initiatives that improve the student experience at Wayne State. These include helping design a Mental Health First Aid course in order to raise awareness and educate students about mental health and the resources available around campus. I am also working on encouraging the use of Open Education Resources, free and openly licensed text books, among faculty, so students can save money. I would like to continue being the voice for students on the dining committee and increasing the food choices available including more vegetarian, vegan, and halal options. Furthermore, I would like to see even more health products such as cough drops, hand sanitizer and chap sticks available in the vending machines, so students can easily access them. Most importantly though, I would like to continue advocating for the student body's needs and help each student's voice be heard.

Marcella EidMarcella Eid

Class standing: Junior

Major: Political Science

Biography

Marcella Eid is currently a junior pursuing a major in Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Irvin D. Reid Honors College at Wayne State University. She has been on Senate for two years and presently serves as a Senator at Large for the 2019-2020 term where she is on the Executive Board as the Director of Public Relations. In Senate, Marcella is a part of the Registrar's Task Force where she has been pushing for the implementation of early access syllabi functions and has gained support from CLAS faculty, staff, and the Registrar to finally conduct the last steps to get early access syllabi available to students. Marcella is also involved in improving student facilities and improving recycling on campus, as she passed a Senate resolution supporting the increased efficiency of recycling on campus and is now pursuing these efforts through Senate's Sustainability Project Group. Furthermore, Marcella has supported and contributed to several wide range Senate efforts such as the free Student Printing Stipend Pilot Program, OER, and tuition cuts. Marcella has also revitalized the Senate's presence online and offline this year by interacting with students and posting on all major social media platforms. She recently created the "Voice Your Opinion" web page where students can tell Senators exactly what's on their minds and what they want Senate to do for them. Marcella has also led efforts in the Senate's new Events Committee to create town halls where students can directly voice their opinions to speakers. When Marcella is not on campus, she works at a law firm as a law clerk. She plans on attending law school to become an attorney in the near future to contribute to the city of Detroit. Marcella's favorite things to do include going to car shows, listening to 80s/indie/alternative music, and spending time with her four older brothers.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

Serving as a Student Senator these past two years has been such an honor. It has allowed me to form relationships with the higher-ups on campus who can create change that students desperately and rightfully want. It has also allowed me to understand the needs of Wayne State students better and has also allowed me to represent their needs to faculty and administration accurately. I would like to be re-elected to further the already great efforts that the Senate is doing to improve life on campus for ALL students. The work we are doing is very important especially for a campus like WSU which is a great university, on par with the other big universities in Michigan. Just this year alone, we got a polling location on campus, obtained Election Day as a University holiday, created free printing for students, distributed free iClicker rentals for students, and much more. The Student Senate has a lot of institutional power and with the right students elected, we can use this power to create beneficial and amazing experiences for all students.

Ameera HashwiAmeera Hashwi

Class standing: Junior

Major: Economics

Biography

Hello, my name is Ameera Hashwi am I am a third-year student at Wayne State University, GO WARRIORS, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. I am currently involved in a wide variety of student organizations including Wayne State's History Club and the Lebanese Student Association.  In my free time, I enjoy reading and volunteering within my local community. I am running for my second term on Student Senate so I can continue to represent and advocate for my fellow peers.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

I am interested in running for Student Senate because I believe that Wayne State campus is like no other. I want Wayne State to be a school that students are proud of, but in order for that to happen Wayne State needs to address its many issues, especially those regarding commuters. I would like to be re-elected so I can continue working to improve life on campus. If I was re-elected I would continue to advocate for lower tuition, working elevators, and clean bathrooms.  I believe that the work Student Senate does is important especially since we have the power to make changes.

Lela JimenezLela Jimenez

Class standing: Junior

Major: Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies 

Biography

Lela Jimenez is a Junior double majoring in Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies with a minor in Global Studies. She has earned a 4.0 GPA for four consecutive terms and is in the pursuit of law school. Lela believes that her degrees will help her with her primary goal of supporting people who cannot support themselves by being their strongest advocate. In her time at Wayne State University, she has worked in the Provost Office as a student assistant with the Learning Community program. Lela's social involvement includes serving as the Vice President of Programming for the Delta Zeta sorority on campus. Her political experience involves serving as the head intern for the Darrin Camilleri campaign for the 23rd district seat in the Michigan Legislator. Her academic involvement propelled her to be a student featured in the third edition of David G. Myers's Psychology for AP textbook.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

I want to represent Wayne State students because I want to make this campus feel more like a community for their students and build support around the campus as much as possible. As a Latina, I understand how minorities are not well represented in leadership positions and aim to be a trailblazer for progressive change. Once I am elected for the member-at-large position, my goal is to influence how the system works and partner with campus support, such as the Academic Success Center and Career Services, to have more effective outreach initiatives. My ultimate goal is to be the person my constituency can rely on when there is an issue on campus that needs to be resolved.

Afifi KadaduAfifi Kadadu

Class standing: Senior

Major: Nursing and Public Health

Biography

Afifi Kadadu is a first-year student in Wayne State University's College of Nursing, she is pursuing a dual degree in Bachelor's of Science in Nursing and Public Health. Throughout her academic career, she has worked prudently as an involved student, seeking opportunities to give back to her own community and communities around her. Much of the communities she has had the fortune of participating with, face unfair disadvantages such as depleted economic sources, uneven access to literacy tools, and other structural shortcoming. Not only does she focus her work locally in Detroit but also devotes her time and efforts to the concerns in her hometown, Flint. Afifi volunteers at the Genesee Flint Free Medical Clinic devoting her time providing basic medical care to patients of low income with no insurance. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys listening to music, reading, and participating in lots of outdoor activities.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

Being elected onto the Student Senate for a 2nd year interests me because I have the desire to keep serving my community and directly contribute to the events and extracurricular activities that give so much meaning to school. Getting involved within Student Senate can propose initiatives, policy, outreach and other activities that can create positive change within our school and community. I am eager in working closely with other students and school faculty again to give an opportunity to build strong, meaningful friendships and professional relationships. I have always had a strong passion for student government, I think student voice is the best vehicle to drive any cause. I believe the ultimate goal is to make sure that every student is treated equally. Regardless of race, religion, sex, gender, disability, or economic status. You should have the same great experience at Wayne State as the next person.

Amina KhaliqueAmina Khalique

Class standing: Sophomore

Major: Political Science with a Concentration in Public Policy

Biography

Amina is a life-long Detroit resident and political science student with a concentration in public policy at Wayne State. Growing up in poverty, with parents who are immigrants, Amina started to become interested in the issues affecting low-income families in her community. These issues include the lack of healthcare, food, and shelter, as well as living in unsafe communities where violence is the norm. She instantly became interested in overcoming these issues and was exposed to politics, social justice, activism, and policy. Her ultimate goal is to create change - one policy at a time!Amina is becoming more involved in both the campus community and in her own community. Right now, she is the Director of Advocacy and Policy for PERIOD. @ WSU, where she is working to provide free menstrual products in campus restrooms, an initiative that is aimed towards a larger goal of ending period poverty. She is also an organizer with the Michigan Student Power Network chapter at Wayne State, working to create a campaign that will provide students with information to access resources that they need to succeed. Outside of Wayne State, Amina is a Policy and Research Associate with We the People MI, where she researches policy issues and works with others to implement initiatives and coalitions to address existing issues. Amina wants to become more involved by joining the Student Senate on campus. This will give her an opportunity to amplify student voices and create change at Wayne State.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

I want to serve the student body at Wayne State by creating opportunities that make an impact on their college experience and maybe even their lives. In the last year, I have heard many stories about the initiatives that the Student Senate has implemented, ranging from financial needs, housing, and student services. I instantly knew that I wanted to be a part of a student government that truly represents student needs.During the fall 2019 semester, I conducted a survey at WSU with the Michigan Student Power Network to analyze the key issue areas that students are struggling with on campus. The survey results were heartbreaking to read because many students told their stories of becoming homeless, dropping out of school, and facing impossible challenges to simply obtain their education. We found that students are mostly experiencing trouble with financial aid and the financial aid office, mental health resources on campus, internships and campus jobs, and even parking. A lot of students are not even aware of some of the resources that they have access to. This experience, along with others, made me realize that there are a plethora of issues that students are facing on campus, and Wayne State's student government is really working to change those issues. I am interested in being a voice for students and fighting for them. I admire the Student Senate's ability to influence the lives of students all over campus, and I am eager to be a part of that change.

Joseph A. LemelinJoseph A. Lemelin

Class standing: Junior

Major: Classics

Biography

Hello, my name is Joseph Lemelin, and I want to be in the Wayne State student senate. I have lived in the Detroit area since I was a year old, and have come to know the area well. I live in Ferndale and went to high school there, in a highly diverse district. In middle school, I first found a passion for history and since then have desired to pursue a career in archaeology and found Wayne State to be a wonderful place to pursue these dreams. I work as a waiter in Ferndale to pay my way through school and hope to study in Greece once I graduate, where I will hopefully receive a graduate diploma in Macedonian History and Archaeology from the International Hellenic Institute of Thessalonki. Starting as I entered college in two thousand seventeen, I began to develop an interest in politics as well, both local and farther afield. Growing up in a time where young people are beginning to face great burdens for the future of the world and often forced to take leading positions, I nearly felt obligated to try and help how I can.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

I am running because I see that Wayne State has the potential to be a leader in a new generation of universities, one where the needs of students and faculty are met and where we strive to leave a good an impact as possible on our planet. I am running for many things to help better our already fantastic campus. Among these include a desire to fix the often dilapidated infrastructure of our university. I have had friends who have been stuck on elevators in our very campus, and in striving to become more inclusive to all, having half of our elevators broken or breaking is a spit in the face to disabled students. Furthermore, I will be running to make Wayne State reflect its color and make it a green school. In an age of a rapidly worsening climate, we must be doing all that we can to face it, and in all honesty, our campus has not met the burden it holds. We must rectify that. Finally I will push to make Wayne State a sanctuary campus and fight for the rights of our international student body. Just last month, I saw a Graduate Student from Iran, seeking to study engineering at University of Michigan Dearborn, who was deported as he tried to enter the country, despite having his VISA approved beforehand. Such tragedies can not be allowed to happen at Wayne State. I hope that you will consider voting for me, and help lead Wayne State into a great year!

Shaurya PandyaShaurya Pandya

Class standing: Freshman

Major: Marketing

Biography

Shaurya Pandya is a student at the MISB, the CEO of Fig Holdings, and a political pundit primarily engaged in education policy. His journey began back in the tenth grade, as a student who, albeit extremely curious, found himself incredibly bored with the way that school was run. In order to find an escape from this, Shaurya began his career by creating an initial blog that talked about business and politics, and would eventually began forming micro-projects that the found greater passion in. It was also at this time where Shaurya became avid in studying education policy, and began to write into deeper explanations of the gross mistreatment of the minds of students that had been made to maintain bureaucracies in an unsustainable manner. Eventually, when he went to college, began spending more time working outside of class, working on 2 startups designed to help individuals learn and build habits, as well as another application to help find lost items on campus. He also has begun diving deeper into education policy, becoming a freelanced commentator on political thinking and specifically education, as well as engaging in public speaking opportunities and working with a program at Wayne State helping DPS form a curriculum for pre-medical pipelines for middle schoolers.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

Our education system has avidly failed us. Students are facing a mental health crisis at a scale in which the pressure they faced matched what was once deemed psychiatric, at a time where less than 20% of business owners say college graduates are ready for the workforce, underemployment is concerning high, wages for graduates are stagnant, and degrees are quickly losing their value. The reason why all of this is simple- those sacrifices are worth it to the companies like the CollegeBoard, which makes money off of telling students that they need to spend time learning abstract maths over basic personal finance. Our curriculum doesn't design students to think with the brain that we are all gifted with, and Wayne State is no exception to falling victim to being put under the rug. We're paying more tuition in schools then anyone else has in their lifetime, but now the reason to do so diminishes every single day, in front of our eyes. Shaurya is running to change that, and to begin proposing sweeping new policies that, even if not passed, can put the administration on notice for decisions they make that leave students astray, and if passed, can make going to class genuinely exciting, alleviate the pressure that students do not deserve, and to begin changing the curriculum to show other schools what real education looks like- and why degrees once existed in the first place.

Hafsa QureshiHafsa Qureshi

Class standing: Freshman

Major: Global Supply Chain and Marketing Management

Biography

Hi! My name is Hafsa Qureshi and I am a freshman at the Mike Ilitch School of Business. I am pursuing a double major in Global Supply Chain and Marketing Management. I love to travel, especially to big cities. My favorite city is Los Angeles because of the diversity and pop culture. I also love to try food of all cultures. Located in the heart of Detroit, Wayne State has provided me with two of my favorite things, city life and multi-cultural food. My hobbies include hanging out with my friends and volunteering with kids. Throughout high school, I tutored elementary school kids in math, and my senior year I was fortunate to work with kids in Detroit as well.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

Reverend Theodore Hesburgh said that "the very essence of leadership is to have a vision''. I want to run for student senate because I have a vision for Wayne State University. As a student senate representative, I want to be able to represent the honest views of each student. The previous Student Senate was able to bring in free printing pass and I want to implement more programs that will help small everyday costs of students. One thing that I think we can implement at Wayne is a free parking pass for any one semester during the student's college years. College costs are already rising and adding parking cost is expensive. My second vision for Wayne is to increase the graduation rate by providing students access to programs that can help in whichever way they are struggling. I believe that adding a shopping week (for classes) before the fall semester can help students make the right choice about what major they want to pursue. This will help increase the graduation rate by giving students a sneak peek into their classes, before signing up which will help decrease drop-out rates.  Another vision I have is to get the students of Wayne to be more involved in the city of Detroit. We are very fortunate to be in a growing city and I think it is important that the future businessmen/ women, doctors, lawyers, teachers, social workers, etc. of Detroit are involved from the beginning.

Regan ThorpRegan Thorp

Class standing: Sophomore

Major: Honors Criminal Justice

Biography

My name is Regan and I am a sophomore here at WSU. I was born and bred in the suburbs of Detroit but feel very fortunate to be able to live and be apart of this great city today. I am lucky enough to be an RA for Atchison hall this year and get the chance to interact with a variety of students and help them through everyday issues. Growing up I faced a big challenge, I became a drug addict/alcoholic. At the age of 17 I entered into recovery and never looked back, today I've been sober for 2 and a half years and continue to work on my recovery through my 12-step program. Being in recovery gives me a unique perspective on intersectionality and the way it coincides especially with individuals society has deemed unworthy; due to breaking the law and their substance abuse. Through the people I've met and my personal experiences I've gained a love and appreciation for the law, because of this I am now on track to go to Law school after I receive my undergrad degree. My plan one day is to be a public defender in the city of Detroit and help marginalized individuals who need a second chance. My dream is to one day be a Judge and use this capacity to make even more change for the betterment of society. My mom and my little sister are two of my biggest inspirations, they both freely express themselves and remind me to be the best version of myself everyday. In my spare time like to read, write, and explore Detroit with my friends.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

I want to help people have a voice in our campus community. Wayne state already has so many great programs, but we could be doing better. Two of my jobs, being an RA and teaching dance to 7-11 year olds, have taught me to listen more and gain the skill of patience (which I didn't used to have any of). I plan to cultivate these skills even more if I become a member-at-large. I am a very empathetic, organized, and passionate individual and those are skills I believe are necessary to be able to effectively be a good Student Senate Representative.

Justin VerriestJustin Verriest

Class standing: Senior

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Biography

Justin Verriest is a third-year Mechanical Engineering major with minors in Physics and Political Science. He is also a part of the Irvine D. Reid Honors College. Justin is a member and former Treasurer of the Wayne State chapter of Phi Gamma Delta, is an active board member of ASME on campus, and joined the Tau Beta Pi honorary society last year. He has worked with many different student organizations in different stages of growth and has helped these groups overcome a multitude of problems that face a large variety of student organizations across campus. In the summer Justin competitively sails, taking part in the annual Port Huron to Mackinac race among other regattas. He has worked in a variety of different fields, from running political campaigns to working in a bankruptcy law office, and from interning in a lab to coaching kids sailing. Justin hopes to use the tools he has gained from these different roles to improve the everyday lives of his fellow students, enhancing the resources available to them, increasing access to these resources, and increasing the incentives for students to become involved on campus.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

I hope to be reelected onto the Student Senate so that I may continue the projects that I have dedicated myself to solve. As the Student Senate representative in the Childcare Implementation Committee, I am helping to ensure that the expanding childcare system on campus caters to students who are also parents. This is an important issue to have student representation at the table for, as with adequate childcare available on campus, graduation rates will undoubtedly increase. On top of this, I am working on the Echo Recording Committee, advocating for the expansion of the lecture recording network, ensuring that echo equipped lecture halls are used effectively, and ensuring that educators take advantage of this tool. On top of these focuses, I hope to work to improve sustainability at Wayne State, from adding recycling bins to all buildings on campus, to the disposable materials used by campus dining, to improving awareness. I also want to continue being on Student Senate so that I can continue to ask important questions and help the Senate to continue being a powerful force for student advocacy both at Wayne State and in Detroit as a whole.


College of Education candidate

Sarah WattsSarah Watts 

Class standing: Junior

Major: Learning Design & Technology

Biography

Throughout this journey of mine, living twenty-five years in a rapidly evolving world, I have maintained a developing commitment to the improvement of the areas surrounding me. My name is Sarah Watts, I am a child of the nineties, recalling the days of "home phones," and printed directions. I grew up in a middle-class family that taught me the importance of work ethic, creativity, empathy, and grit. I will be the first to extend a hand to those in need around me, spend my evenings scouring the internet and books for answers to questions that I feel need be answered, devoting time to those around me.  I am graduating within this next year in the field of Learning Design & Technology. A recent graduate of Macomb Community College, areas focused in Collaborative Media and Social Sciences, I have taken my next step by committing my time to Wayne State's College of Education. Within this degree program I have had the opportunity to establish abilities in facilitating, analyzing individuals and their needs, creating plans for growth and development, while becoming swift with prototyping and putting designs into action. Throughout my experiences here, a passion for innovating human learning has been provoked within myself.   Outside of school I work at a nonprofit in Macomb County, helping individuals with disabilities find competitive employment opportunities. Additionally, beginning in 2019, I have been a member of the Macomb County Human Service Coordinating Body, helping connect individuals in need with resources. Through these experiences I have been humbled, attending events regarding local drug crisis', homelessness, health services for those with special needs, foster parenting, among many others.   I am a worker, a student, a young mother, and an advocate for growth and connection. My mission in life is to create a positive trail wherever my feet take me, using my listening ears to learn from those surrounding me, empowering the people that I meet in my day to day life.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

"I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it." This quote by Maya Angelou resonates with me as I reflect upon my own life experiences. Perseverance through learning and analysis of life events, continuing on a path of improvement, is my own personal approach to maintaining this "human condition." Maintaining a healthy mind and spirit is correlated with the amount of weight that we are willing to carry for our fellow human beings.   I am interested in fulfilling a leadership position at Wayne State, as that would mean advocating for my peers, representing a diverse body of individuals, my fellow Warriors. I am a child of a single mother, experiencing the loss of a parent, later on experiencing having a child of my own who came into this world with a disability. Through those experiences I have learned a deep empathy and compassion for those surrounding me, all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, socioeconomic status'. With these experiences that I've had, I want to continue to connect with others to hear about their own journeys, helping change and better the environment that we are existing within. These experiences have changed me, yes, but have not reduced me.   Joining Wayne State Universities' Student Senate will be another move in the direction of using my personal energy, commitment to reading, paying close mind to news, data, developing technologies, strategies for collaboration, and human service, to plant positive seeds for the future. It is our job to take care of each other and the world that we are living upon. This is a weight that I will happily carry for us.


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences candidates

Kamali CloraKamali Clora

Class standing: Junior

Major: Public Health Honors

Biography

Kamali Clora is a third-year Public Health major in the Irvin D. Reid Honors College. Kamali plans on attending graduate school to obtain his Master of Public Health and Music Education degree. Kamali has gained undergraduate research experience through the ReBuilDetroit program, and has presented at many national conferences with focuses ranging from biology to humanities. Currently, he is a senator-at-large on Student Senate and Co-President for The Brotherhood. In these positions, kamali has worked to increase Black Student success in collaboration with many campus entities. Kamali has also served as a peer mentor for the OMSE/Network and Warrior VIP learning communities. Outside of his coursework and extracurriculars, he works as a Resident Advisor in Atchison Hall. Kamali is a sustainability and student wellness advocate, and has implemented several campus initiatives to promote student success. Kamali is currently developing a non-profit organization to prevent the diminishing bee populations within the city, while helping to increase food security. He wants to leave this university better than he found it, while empowering students to create change at WSU and the larger Detroit community.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

I am interested in running for Student Senate because we need to continue the work started this 2019-2020 Senate year. This includes developing an initiative to unite and foster academic and post-graduate success for African American students, promote sustainability practices within the residence halls, and coordinating with various student groups to increase their valued voices.

Sean HussettSean Hussett

Class standing: Sophomore

Major: Political Science and Urban Studies

Biography

As a current Ambassador for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, I already represent both Wayne State University and Wayne State University's students. I was part of the largest class of freshmen Wayne State had ever seen in the fall of 2018, and lived in the dorms here on campus in Ghafari hall. Now as a sophomore, I commute from Plymouth. I am also a musician, playing in an experimental indie rock band, Read the Sun, and an emo garage rock band, Map the Park.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

How long have the elevators been out? How often do we get "Wayne Stated" ? Getting screwed over by the administration and financial aid department here at Wayne State is so common that there's a verb used among us students to describe that process. State Hall still has blackboards, desks from the 80's, and experience technical difficulties that cut into class times we pay for. Where does our tuition money go? We deserve to go to a school that looks like it's in the 21st century. I want to ensure that students have more say about where school money and resources go, and can hold the University's administration accountable.


College of Nursing candidates

Mallorie JonesMallorie Jones

Class standing: Senior

Major: Nurse Midwife MSN

Biography

Hello,My name is Mallorie Jones. I am 30 yrs old currently a senior in the nurse midwife MSN program here at Wayne State and have lived in southeast Michigan my entire life. As a nurse, I have worked in both inpatient and outpatient facilities in Michigan and Ohio. I first started my career working as a float nurse in various units. Being a float nurse led me to my true passion for women's health specializing in obstetrical care. I currently work as a labor and delivery nurse and am very passionate about my job. I pride myself in putting patients first and trying my best to always go above and beyond. I've also had the privilege of working in a multi-specialty office, where I learned from the most special and caring professionals to always give back and pay it forward. I enjoy doing volunteer work all around Michigan with others for the underserved as well as helping out organizations for a good cause. I am currently both a member of Nurse Midwives of Color and American College of Nurse Midwives. My dream is to one day work as a full scope midwife at a hospital, or in an office to help women and their babies. I enjoy bringing new life into the world and following women in their primary, antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum care and listening to their individual needs. I enjoy going to the gym in my spare time and traveling around the United States as well as other countries.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

I am interested in running for student senate for many reasons and have a passion for politics. The first reason is the importance of helping other students address their concerns. I can participate actively in meetings to help find solutions that protect students and faculty. By being aware of current issues that can affect on and off-campus life for students in all nursing programs. Secondly is to use my skills to help secure funding and proper budgeting for student clubs, events, and scholarships. I will work hard to bring more of these opportunities to campus and work on ways to decrease any debt and increase funding through grants from the government. Thirdly to debate issues affecting the student nursing body regarding any new policies as well as old. My strong debating skills will allow me to effectively voice any concerns during meetings, if needed. I will also make sure to communicate frequently with other students and deal with any complaints in a timely manner respectively. Lastly, I feel I would be a good contributor by bringing a diverse perspective overall if elected. I'm a hard working millennial that's ready to make changes for our present class as well as the future. I consider myself a young professional with big aspirations and an even bigger voice. I will only tolerate respect for our student body and will not let anyone intimidate any of us and to step up to any challenge if warranted at any time. I have fresh ideas to bring to the table. I give you my word, I will ride for you all and go to war if necessary.Please elect Mallorie Jones for student senate!

Madison WiljanenMadison Wiljanen

Class standing: Senior

Major: Nursing

Biography

Madison Wiljanen is a Senior in Wayne State University's College of Nursing pursuing a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing along with a minor in Public Health. Madison currently serves as the College of Nursing Representative for the 2019-20 Student Senate term, actively working as a member of the President's Standing Committee on Environmental Initiatives and University Daycare Implementation Committee. As the chair of the Senate Sustainability Project Group she has pursued and supported initiatives to make WSU a greener and greater place, including the discontinuation of plastic bags and utensils in locations around campus and advocating for stronger recycling processes. For the past three years, she has worked for the Office of Housing & Residential Life as a Resident Advisor and serves as the Captain of the Women's Club Soccer Team. Through her RA role, she has executed successful programs surrounding Feminism, Intersectionality, and Academic Success. Madison has a passion for community health and environmental policy reform. She enjoys living in Detroit and wants to help others utilize the unique opportunities Wayne State has to offer. Outside of school, Madison works at Henry Ford Hospital and enjoys spending time outdoors.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

I'm interested in running for re-election because being a part of WSU's Student Senate will provide me the platform I need to continue advocating for students. My experience on Senate has been incredibly inspiring and I hope to continue working with the diverse body of student leaders to reach new goals! In my next term I would like to focus more on the College of Nursing's accessibility to clinical settings, supportive out of classroom experiences, and expand upon environmental initiatives.


Graduate School candidate

Bijal PatelBijal Patel

Class standing: PhD Candidate

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Biography

Bijal Patel started at Wayne State as an undergraduate student in the department of biomedical engineering and is currently pursuing a PhD. She has been a teaching assistant for two years. She is also currently serving as the graduate student representative on Student Senate. She lives in Detroit and enjoys exploring the city for new coffee shops.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

I am interested in running for student senate because Student Senate is a powerful organization on Wayne State's campus capable of change and I wanted to be a part of that change. I was the first graduate school representative on Student Senate and I have learned great deal. I have been involved with developing a foundation for graduate student needs.  I am interested in serving another term as the graduate student representative in order to work upon this foundation to make change and see through the initiated work.


Mike Ilitch School of Business candidates

Karl AnkromKarl Ankrom

Class standing: Sophomore

Major: Marketing & Management

Biography

Karl Ankrom is a Sophomore pursuing a Marketing & Management at the Mike Ilitch School of Business. He is an active member of the Wayne State community, and has participated as a Legacy Leader, Warrior Welcome Crew Shift Leader, and is an active Executive board member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Karl's work week consist of 20 hours of hard work at the Wayne State University's call center as a supervisor with the main task of raising money for scholarships and more importantly for the students. He has excelled in that field and has individually raised over $30 thousand dollars in scholarships for Wayne State's Warriors. On top of this he tackles 4 hours of meetings every week to help his fraternity and maintains a good scholarly work ethic. Karl also has participated in multiple philanthropy events each semester, such as Workout for Muscular Dystrophy, Brain Tumor 5k, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, and Warming Detroit. This candidate promises that he will work his hardest to continue to help the community of Warriors and that he will exemplify the best qualities and uphold the finest of standards of a student senator.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

In high school I wasn't actively involved, or honestly contributed to any clubs. I've always regretted that and ever since coming to Wayne State, I've had countless opportunities to jump in and make a difference for this great university. I immediately hopped in and joined in extracurriculars and it only grew my love for giving back to this school. Running for Student Senate and more so getting elected to Student Senate, would be the best opportunity I'd ever have to give more to my future alma mater. One of the biggest reasons I've decided to run is because I want to help fix the parking situation. This is something I've heard countless alumni complain about (whilst working at the WSU Call Center) and being a former commuter, I've racked up my fair share of tickets. I understand city parking isn't the easiest but I'd even try and get here a half hour early before classes just so I could find parking on Handcock (most of the time being unsuccessful). Parking is a huge headache and I believe that Wayne State, Student Senate and the student populous can change it together. I'd also like to create a tighter knit community among Wayne State students. Another commuting issue I found was forming friendships especially as a freshman when you know absolutely nobody. I intend to work closely with the Campus Activity Team to find creative and new ways to grow relationships among all Wayne State students and organizations. I hope this brief paragraph shows the student populous a snapshot about me and what I want for Wayne State, regardless of the outcome I'm thankful for the opportunity to represent Wayne State and MISB.

Jeremy GlogowerJeremy Glogower

Class standing: Senior

Major: Finance

Biography

Six years ago, I discovered the benefits of eating a whole food plant-based diet. I reclaimed my health and helped launch a national non-profit organization that would assist others to do the same. Serving in a leadership capacity, I built a community around the organization and the plant-based lifestyle. It became the largest plant-based organization of its kind – nationally and internationally. One day, it occurred to me that I can do anything I want in life, but I will do it better with a degree in business. I made a decision to succeed and began a bachelor's in Business Finance at Wayne State University (WSU).

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

Community is important to me. Upon learning WSU had no vegan and/or plant-based organization, I founded WSU's Vegan Warriors. I have a passion for creating, a drive for success and a love for community. Furthermore, I would like to see everyone find community at Wayne State, have an opportunity to participate in leadership and use their college experiences in their continued success. Therefore, I am seeking the opportunity to apply my knowledge, skills and experience in a leadership position at Wayne State.

Joseph NamanJoseph Naman

Class standing: Junior

Major: Finance

Biography

Hi I'm Joseph. I'm currently a junior studying finance at the Mike Ilitch School of Business, and just so happen to be the current representative for the business school and the secretary for the senate. My two favorite things in life are being a voice and a leader for students who feel they are not being heard, and watching sitcoms (a guilty pleasure of mine). Being a member of senate this past year has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I've learned so much more about this  great institution that I have the privilege to attend, and have been able to meet so many incredible people, including my fellow senators who I now consider to be great friends.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

I've spent the past year as the representative for the business school, and as the secretary on the student senate. I've enjoyed my tenure on senate so much so, that I want to continue my time next year as a senior. I feel like there is still so much more left that I need to accomplish, and just one year is not enough time for me to properly assist my fellow business students. I hope you will consider re-electing me for the 2020-2021 school year, and if you see me around feel free to say hi, or pick my brain on any matters of the school you want to talk about.


School of Law candidate

Basem YounisBasem Younis

Class standing: 1L

Major: Corporate Law & Property Law

Biography

Basem Younis is a current first-year Wayne State University Law student seeking to specialize in corporate and property law. He is currently enrolled in the University's Joint JD/MBA program with an expectation to graduate in May 2022. Basem received his bachelor's degree, majoring in Accounting and Finance, from the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University in May 2019. Throughout his undergraduate career, he has served as an executive board member for many organizations across campus including the International Business Association (IBA), Rotaract, and Nutri-Wayne. He also served as an active member of the Business Student Senate (BSS) and Financial Management Association (FMA) for over 2 years and was a recipient of the 2019 "25 Under 25" Mike Ilitch School of Business Award. Basem is now actively involved in the Entrepreneurship and Business Law Society (EBLS) at the Law School. As an attorney, Basem hopes to contribute to the city's entrepreneurial momentum by helping entrepreneurs and small-business owners navigate the complexities of the legal system and the corporate world.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

During my undergraduate career at Wayne State University, I have found myself appreciative of the University's past Senate members on many occasions. Their continuous, responsive efforts in servicing students have played a vital role in my pleasant experience and success at the University. As I continue my studies at the Law School, I hope to represent and service my peers at the law school and the University in the manner similar to that of those who have done so for students like myself. As Wayne Law School's Student Senate representative, I believe I can effectively represent and respond to my fellow law students' concerns and bridge stronger networks among the different colleges at the University. I know my past involvement and experiences at the university level will translate will in enabling me to make substantial contributions to the Student Senate. I am eager to begin providing my peers with the best experience at Wayne State University.


School of Medicine candidate

Jasmine ColesJasmine Coles

Class standing: First Year Medical Student

Major: Medicine

Biography

Jasmine Coles is an incoming medical student at Wayne State University in the Wayne State Med Direct Program who majored in Honors Biological Sciences and minored in Health Psychology. She has never been afraid to speak up for what is right regardless if the opinion is popular. As a product of the Detroit community and a graduate of Wayne State University, she knows how important it is for the University to be a part of the entire Detroit community. Since she was a child, Jasmine knew that she would want to be a part of the way the city sees the University and how we, as students, experience the city. In her four years on Student Senate, Jasmine has been involved in many initiatives that have improved student life like getting more counselors for CAPS and trying to improve the disparity in black graduation rates. From conversation cafes on issues affecting black graduation rates to meetings with student organizations in regards to the issues they face on campus, Jasmine tries to take an approach that includes everyone. Other than Senate, Jasmine is involved in a range of student activities that shows she practices what she prescribes. She is the founder of Rising Black Medical Leaders, a student organization that works to prepare DPS students for college and create a network of black medical pre-professionals, and a peer mentor for Warrior VIP, a program that helps incoming freshmen integrate into the University. Jasmine knows that change is not created overnight, but it is important for people to continue working on initiatives they started. Jasmine would like to use her first year in medical school to continue to work with the medical school senate to give them a voice on the main campus senate she has come to know so well.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

I am interested in Student Senate because I want to affect change on campus. I think that any complaints about Wayne State can be fixed with a little hard work and the right network. I think that Student Senate gives me the right network to try to fix problems that student bring to my attention. From the cleanliness of buildings to the cost of textbooks, I know that Student Senate has the power to work on fixing all of these issues. There are so many initiatives that are started in the Senate and I would like to continue to be a part of them. I want to continue to work on the initiatives that have I started in the past four years and make our time at medical school more enjoyable.


School of Social Work candidate

Rajan VarmonRajan Varmon

Class standing: Junior

Major: Social Work

Biography

Rajan Varmon, a passionate BSW student, originally became interested in the field of social work due to his interest in mental health. Born and raised in Detroit, he has witnessed countless ways in which the field of mental health can be applied and improved on in today's society. He eventually became involved in politics through advocacy of House Bill 4325; a bill that would help secure LPC's rights to counsel in the state of Michigan. After receiving a Special Tribute for his contribution to the bill's passing, it became clear that he wanted to pursue the path of macro social work. He aspires to bring more light onto the field of political social work, help reduce the stigma on mental health and bring more awareness towards treatment options, and hopes to create a fairer environment for every individual residing in Michigan.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

I personally believe that, regardless of class, race, or gender, we need to make gradual steps towards a society where all individuals are cared for equally and fairly. The reason I'm running for student senate is so that the voice of those who have felt left out of the conversation are finally able to speak up and give their perspective on the problems facing this society to help showcase ways into how they can possibly be solved.


Office of Housing and Residential Life candidate

Sailor MayesSailor Mayes

Class standing: Sophomore

Major: Political Science and Communications

Biography

Sailor Mayes is a Sophomore and very passionate about government and helping any community she steps in. She is the current Housing and Residential Life Representative on the Student Senate. Her favorite color is blue, yet of course she bleeds Green and Gold, and her life goal is to run for Congress. Over the last couple of years she has been involved with local, state, and federal government, and has a passion for this work, making her a viable candidate for Student Senate. Sailor's passion of working for the people started in 2017 when she was elected as the Vice President of RHGYC (Rochester Hills Government Youth Council). During this time she worked with Mayor Bryan K. Barnett and the City Council in passing multiple legislation, creating city events, and being a student ambassador for the City of Rochester Hills. Sailor has interned for both Senator Peters and Representative Slotkin totalling over a year in work in 2018-2019. Sailor has also interned for the DCCC and the American Bridge. During this time working for both organizations she knocked over 500 doors and promoted Michigan's recently passed proposal 3. Sailor is also currently the co-president and founder of Wayne State University's Students Demand Action for Gun Safety in America. Recently Sailor and her other co-president passed a proclamation from the Wayne State Board of Governors, declaring the first week of February National Gun Violence Awareness Week. Sailor also dedicates her time helping the homeless in Detroit with the student organization DAC (Dinner and Conversation) and cleans up alley ways with an organization called Life Remodeled. For the last year Sailor has worked with Government Affairs on securing a polling location on campus. She was also involved in the project group that implemented a new bill in the Michigan State Senate, lowering the sales tax on college textbooks. She also worked with the University to declare the November 3rd election a Holiday, allowing a day off for the students and faculty to increase voter turnout.

Why are you interested in running for Student Senate?

As an involved student inside and outside of Wayne State's Community, I believe that I can make an impact on the students living and commuting on campus. I was chosen by the Student Senate last year as the Housing and Residential Life Representative, creating/securing close relationships with Housing staff, RAs, RHA, and the Board of Governors. Being in this position for a year has given me insight of student life behind the scenes, and has shown me what I have to do in order for Wayne State students to thrive, succeed, and love being on campus. Throughout the year I have spoken to several students about problems that have arisen in housing and have taken it directly to staff. As the candidate for the Housing and Residential Life position, I will make sure that the Student's voices will not be silenced, and will be taken seriously.