Meet the Senators

Officers

Riya Chhabra

President
 
Riya Chhabra is a Senior pursuing a Bachelor's in Public Health with a co-major in Honors. She presently serves as the Director of Student Services for the 2019-20 Senate term. Her interests include general education reform and increasing mental health resources around campus. She worked on these initiatives when she served on Student Senate last year by providing feedback for the new syllabi, as well as promoting mental health awareness week. Outside of Senate, Riya is a part of Delta Epsilon Mu, a professional pre-health fraternity.
 
 

Marcella Eid

Vice President

meid@wayne.edu 

Marcella Eid is currently a Senior 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. This is her third year on Senate and presently serves as a Senator at Large on the Executive Board as the Vice President. In Senate, Marcella is a part of the Registrar's Task Force where she has been involved in helping to make class registration easier for students. Marcella also pushed for the implementation of early access syllabi functions and passed a resolution supporting the same. She has been 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 pursued these efforts through the Senate's Sustainability Project Group. Furthermore, Marcella has supported and contributed to several different Senate efforts such as the free Student Printing Stipend Pilot Program, OER, and tuition cuts. Marcella also revitalized the Senate's presence online and offline during the 2019-20 term as the Director of Public Relations by interacting with students on all major social media platforms. She has also led efforts in the Senate's new Events Committee to create town halls where students can directly voice their opinions to invited speakers. When Marcella is not on campus, she works at a nationally recognized 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.

 

Basel BerryBasel Berry

Parliamentarian
gb1359@wayne.edu 
 
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 three years. In addition to that, he volunteered as an Orientation and STEM Day Leader. Basel is dedicated to give back to the community in any means possible.
 

Jasmine Coles

Treasurer
School of Medicine Representative
 
Jasmine Coles is a first year medical student who graduated from Wayne State with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences with Honors and minors in Health Psychology and Public Health. She has devoted her last four years on Student Senate to diversity and inclusion and student life. This term, Jasmine will be serving as your Treasurer and School of Medicine Representative. She hopes to work on her past initiative of improving black student success as well as working on some new initiatives involving student life. Some initiatives that she has seen come to pass during her Senate terms includes a Conversation Cafe for Black students, resolutions for student success, increasing the number of CAPS counselors, and working to keep tuition constant. Jasmine has been a part of many academic senate committees and worked with many student groups to see change in the University. She is excited to continue the push for change this year and is always open to suggestions from students.
 

Madison Wiljanen

Secretary
College of Nursing Representative

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. In the previous three years, she has worked for the Office of Housing & Residential Life as a Resident Advisor and served 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. Madison is currently the student representative on the University's Public Health Restart committee and chair of the Senate Public Health Project Group. 

 

Sailor Mayes

Director of Government Affairs
 
Sailor Mayes is a second year student at Wayne State University, studying Political Science and Communications. Sailor has been involved in numerous political campaigns, has Interned for Senator Peters and Representative Slotkin, was elected as the Vice President of the Rochester Hills Government Youth Council (RHGYC) Interned for the DCCC, and is the former President and founder of Students Demand Action here at Wayne State University. She has travelled to the Dominican Republic to help out struggling families get the resources they need, built houses in Detroit and Pontiac, and Volunteered for numerous cleanup effort groups around the Detroit area. She has also travelled to Israel and Palestine to understand the in depth issues plaguing the two states. Sailor plans on working for the Government and successfully building a better future for the generations yet to come.
 

Mannat Bedi

Director of Community Affairs
 
Mannat Bedi is a second-year undergraduate student pursuing a career in medicine while studying Economics and Spanish. In the future, she hopes to be able to combine her fields of interest and study healthcare economics. Additionally, she enjoys language and hopes to delve deeper into her minor of Spanish. Learning about culture is extremely important to her, as she plans to travel the world one day as a doctor. If she is not studying, working at a standardized test prep center, volunteering at the Children's Hospital, or doing research work with the Nicotine and Tobacco Research Division at the Wayne State School of Medicine, you can find her dancing, painting, and drinking an excessive amount of coffee. Additionally, she is a part of Delta Epsilon Mu, a pre-health professional fraternity and WSW Jhatka, a competitive Indian dance team. Being a part of both of these student organizations has allowed her to grow in her passions and meet people that are interested in similar careers and extracurriculars. 
 


Kamali Clora

Director of Student Services
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Representative
 
Kamali Clora is a fourth-year Public Health major with a music minor in the Irvin D. Reid Honors College. Outside of his coursework, he works as a resident advisor in Atchison Hall and an undergraduate research assistant in the Biological Sciences Building. He is currently developing a non-profit organization to prevent the diminishing bee populations within the city, while helping to increase food security. By being involved in previous student organizations, Kamali has gained connections and insight on optimizing student success at Wayne State. He joined Student Senate because he wants to leave this university better than he found it, while empowering students to create change at WSU and the larger Detroit community. As a sustainability and student wellness advocate, Kamali has sponsored resolutions supporting the creation of the campus-wide black council (CBC) and the funding of retention and graduation promoting activities for African American students. In addition, he sponsored the creation of a campus-wide provisional land acknowledgement, and to respect the legacy of native peoples. Currently, he focuses on increasing student voter registration access.
 

Danishi Bedi

Director of Public Relations

gv4489@wayne.edu

Danishi is a Public Health Major and Spanish Minor, pursuing a career in medicine. Her passions include language-learning, traveling, and learning about culture and society. She has studied both Spanish and French, and she hopes to add a few more languages to the list! Her main goal in the future is to travel across the world, using the languages she knows as a bridge to various communities and people. She wants to impact many people across the globe with the skills she will learn from her education in Public Health and Medicine. Outside of academics, she enjoys practicing calligraphy, photography and videography, and baking. Dancing is something that she has been doing for years, and she is currently on a Bollywood Fusion competitive dance team at Wayne State. She adores working with kids, and she has explored this passion through volunteer work at the Children's Hospital of Michigan DMC. She is also a member of the Professional Pre-Health Fraternity Delta Epsilon Mu. She is currently working as a research assistant at the Nicotine and Tobacco Research Division at the Wayne State School of Medicine.
 
 
 

Members

Vacant

College of Education Representative

 

Vacant

Mike Ilitch School of Business Representative

 

Huda Syed

Extension Center Representative 

huda.syed@wayne.edu

Huda Syed is a Sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences and minoring in Criminal Justice. Huda is also pursuing a pre medicine track interested in infectious disease and education for the public on numerous diseases. On campus, Huda spends her time working with other organizations on campus that include Pre Professional Medical Society (PPMS) as their Treasurer and creating new organizations for students to join and educate themselves about the medical field and its advances. Outside of school, Huda advocates for equal economic opportunities by raising money for institutions like the Detroit Justice Center, a non profit law firm that helps to reform the justice system and wrongly imprisoned Detroit citizens. In her free time she loves to read bake and photograph city life. This is her first year in the senate and is very excited to serve Wayne State University and its community by giving a voice to the underrepresented and to uphold her promise that education is for everyone and should be accessible for all. 

 

Rajan Varmon

School of Social Work Representative 

fw8407@wayne.edu

Rajan Varmon is a Senior majoring in Social Work. He originally became involved in the field of social work through his interest in mental health, but he eventually became involved in politics through his advocacy efforts of House Bill 4325: a bill that would help secure LPC's rights to effectively perform their duties in the state of Michigan. After receiving a State Tribute from State Rep. Aaron Miller and the late State Rep. Isaac Robinson for the bill's passing, it became clear he wanted to pursue the field of macro social work. Rajan has continued his mental health advocacy efforts through the WSU Suicide Prevention Initiative and within his current role as the President of Warrior; Suicide Prevention. Through the initiative, he helped prep and organize Mental Health First Aid Trainings, run events advocating for mental health resources across WSU's campus, and helped open up discussions about mental health in college life. He is honored to be able to serve as the Student Representative for the School of Social Work and is dedicated to bringing about positive changes for the Wayne State community.

 

Bijal Patel 

Graduate School Representative Representative 
 
Bijal Patel is the Graduate School representative on Student Senate. She is a PhD candidate currently pursuing research in tissue engineering. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree from Wayne State in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics, where she is also a teaching assistant. During her time at Wayne State, she was empowered by the great changes brought on by Student Senate and joined Senate in the same pursuit and to be the voice for graduate students. In her spare time she likes to explore Detroit for coffee shops and go fowling!
 
 
 

Basem Younis 

School of Law Representative Representative 

basem.younis@wayne.edu

Basem Younis is a current second-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. Mr. Younis 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 and was a recipient of the 2019 25 Under 25 Mike Ilitch School of Business Award. Mr. Younis is now actively serving as the President of the Muslim Law Student Association, Treasurer of the Entrepreneurship and Business Law Society, and Associate Editor of the Journal of Business Law. Mr. Younis is committed to increasing the presence of social enterprise and intends to contribute to the entrepreneurial momentum in Detroit by helping entrepreneurs and small-business owners navigate the complexities of the legal system and corporate world.

 

Yousra Zouani

Irvin D. Reid Honors College Representative 

yyzouani@wayne.edu

Yousra Zouani is a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor's in Biomedical Engineering and is a member of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College. She is passionate about the application of new technologies to improve human health, safety, and comfort. During the off-campus hours, Yousra provides health exchange mentoring to at-risk children to improve health outcomes, provide life opportunities, and increase high school graduation rates. She also spends time volunteering at Beaumont Hospital to assist patients and visiting families. Her connections with the students and her relationships with local community members have had a positive impact on her personal development. As a representative in the student senate, her objective is to encourage students to build and strengthen their relationship with the community. Through her work, Yousra hopes that students will feel valued and become more engaged to help boost their personal development.

 

Katherine Emrich

School of Information Sciences Representative 

emrichk@wayne.edu

Katherine (Kat) is currently 2 semesters away from completing her Master's in Library Sciences with a concentration in Archival practices. This is her second term on senate as the representative for the School of Information Sciences. Her dream is to be Head of Special Collections and work with the community to spread awareness about the important history the artifacts hold. Outside of senate, she is part a committee for the improvement of the libraries on campus. She also volunteers making masks and reading with kids in her community. Katherine is always available to SIS students or anyone who would like to speak with her about anything!

 

Marcus Meade

College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts Representative 

mmeade6@wayne.edu

Marcus Meade is a pursuing his Masters of Communications with the focus on Public Relations. He has previously worked with organizations to focus on the quality of life for the geriatric population. He currently works with individuals who have sustained Spinal Cord and Traumatic Brain Injuries to maximize their quality of life. Though this is directly connected to the study of communications, Marcus has taken an interest in the field after observing the lack of mental health awareness in society. He will focus on creating a campaign to bring awareness to psychological distress in communities of color. Outside of his academic endeavors, Marcus enjoys engaging in playing the cello or guitar, multiple sports, and writing.

 

Affan Atif

College of Engineering Representative 

affan.atif@wayne.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obioma Opara

Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

oopara@wayne.edu

Obioma Opara is a P1 pharmacy student in the Eugene Applebaum college of pharmacy and health sciences. He is in his first of many years in the senate. He joined the Student Senate because he wants to give back to Wayne state as it has presented him the opportunity to pursue his profession, pharmacy. He is a servant leader who is passionate about service to humanity, community health, and the mental wellness of students and people in general. He is a member of the public health initiative and suicide prevention initiative. He is currently serving in the US army. He interns at Beaumont Hospital in Taylor. One of his favorite quotes is, "Everything happens for a reason." Outside of school, he loves to read, play soccer, and board games, especially scrabble. He loves to travel and hopes to visit at least a country in all the continents of the world.

 

Pierce Krolewski

Housing and Residential Life Representative 

pierce.krolewski@wayne.edu

Pierce Krolewski is a junior pursuing a Bachelor's in Anthropology and a minor in Social Work & Social Justice. Pierce is a pre-medical student with interests in addressing healthcare inequities locally and abroad and is also interested in medical education. He is committed to serving those at Wayne State University by promoting equity within our education system and also being a voice for a change. Outside of Senate, Pierce is involved in the Social Work Student Alliance, which promotes student wellness, and has also been involved in MEDLIFE, where he traveled to Peru to provide medical care for those that do not have access to it. He plans to attend Wayne State's School of Medicine and serve the community of Detroit as a family medicine physician or a maternal-fetal medicine doctor.
 

Veronika Gawrys

Senator at Large

gv8387@wayne.edu

Veronika is a Junior studying marketing and management at the Mike Ilitch School of Business with a minor in public health and a co-major in Honors. Her long-term career goal is to practice healthcare law while being an active advocate for healthcare management reform. Veronika has worked as a Law Clerk through Junior Leadership Macomb and a campaign management assistant for the grassroots campaign of Michael Chehab, 2020 candidate for District 30 State Representative. Through this position, she developed a mightier passion for proper representation and stimulating younger generations to get involved in local politics. Veronika is currently working on marketing and editing a podcast related to The Michigan Institute for Civic Engagement, which provides young people with resources to be civilly engaged changemakers in their communities. When Veronika is not studying, she provides marketing and graphic design services to local small businesses and nonprofits, trades stocks, tutors GED students, and discovers unique shops in Detroit.

 

Cameron JajonieCameron Jajonie

Senator at Large

cjajonie@wayne.edu

Cameron Jajonie is currently a first-year student in the Mike Illich School of Business at Wayne State University. He is majoring in Management and hopes to attend law school after he obtains his business degree. He obtained his International Baccalaureate Diploma from the International Academy in 2020 and is expected to receive his business degree in May 2023. Cameron has always had an interest in law. He has interned for two political campaigns and is currently a legal intern for an immigration law firm. He is also an executive board member of the Future Lawyers Student Association (FLSA) at Wayne State, where he helps connect pre-law students with advisors and necessary resources needed to succeed in law school. Cameron is a proud Chaldean and an avid member of the Chaldean American Student Association. Through this organization, he participates in many volunteering opportunities such as assisting food banks and tutoring struggling students. Cameron is committed to serving his community, whether it be through the Student Senate, FLSA, or through volunteerism.

 

Lela Jimenez

Senator at Large
 

Afifi KadaduAfifi Kadadu

Senator at Large
 
Afifi Kadadu is a second-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 to listen to music, reading, and participating in lots of outdoor activities.
 

Amina Khalique

Senator at Large
 
Amina is a life-long Detroit resident and a junior at Wayne State. She is also a political science and communications student with a concentration in public policy. She is currently 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. Amina is passionate about amplifying the voices and needs of Wayne State students and creating more opportunities and services that will support them. Outside of Wayne State, Amina is a Policy and Research Associate with We the People MI, where she researches policy issues in Michigan communities. She also loves activism, community organizing, photography, and rejuvenating near bodies of water!
 

Mellita Lemelin

Senator at Large
 
Mellita Lemelin is a Senior in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Classics with Honors, and additionally pursuing minors in Modern Greek and Archaeology. Mellita seeks to be an archaeologist and plans to continue her education by gaining a graduate degree in Macedonian History and Archaeology at The International Hellenic Institute of Thessaloniki in Greece after finishing her time at Wayne. Not only passionate about the past, Mellita is also extremely focused on the issues that effect all of us today and has done much to improve what she sees can be improved. As she goes into her last year at Wayne State University, she wants to help the school and try to leave what mark she can upon it.
 

Nasrin Nesha

Senator at Large

go0666@wayne.edu

Nasrin Nesha is a junior majoring in biomedical engineering with Departmental and University Honors. She is also pre-med which gives her the opportunity to apply engineering principles to solve real-world problems in the field of medicine. In her downtime when she's not sleep-deprived and grinding through her coursework, she's a bit of a social butterfly and loves traveling and meeting new people, and she is always up for learning something new. She is also a health educator for Peer-Health Exchange, which is a non-profit organization that helps educate and equip young people in different middle schools and high schools in cities like Detroit with the knowledge, skills, and resources to make healthy decisions. For the last 2-3 years, she's also devoted ample time in a biomedical imaging and instrumentation lab working on a photoacoustic gastric-tube placement procedure. Before joining the Senate, she served on the Community Affairs Committee of the Student Senate and worked on developing a four-year plan for our fellow warriors, and on the need for public transportation around campus to better serve our campus community. Nasrin is currently the student representative on the University's Excellence in Academic Advising Committee and is still a devoted member of the Community Affairs Committee. Being a part of Wayne State ignited a passion in Nasrin to bring Detroit up to par with its boundless potential. Specifically, she aims to work in bridging the gap between Wayne State students, the bigger campus community, and the residents of Detroit.

 

Hafsa Qureshi

Senator at Large
 
Hafsa Qureshi is a sophomore at the Mike Illitch Business school. She is persuing a double major in Global Supply Chain and Marketing Management. In addition to being a student senate representative, she currently serves as the Marketing Chair for GSCMA. Her interests include baking (especially anything with chocolate) and traveling. Hafsa joined Student Senate to help voice the needs and wants of Wayne State Students. 
 

 

 

Regan Thorp

Senator at Large

Regan Thorp is a Junior at earning her Bachelor's in Criminal Justice with a co-major in Honors. She is also pursuing a minor in both Spanish and Law. This is her first year as a member of the student Senate but plans to focus on Housing and Sustainability on campus this coming year. Regan is a second year RA in Atchison Hall and is passionate about helping residents have a safe and welcoming community to reside in. Outside of her life on campus, Regan's biggest passion is helping recovering drug addicts. She has spent her time volunteering at Maplegrove Rehab Center and Calumet Center talking to young people about recovery. One of Regan's goals this year is to establish a fully functioning Collegiate Recovery Program for her and other recovering addicts to have a safe space on campus. Regan plans to go to law school after finishing her undergraduate degree and become a public defender in the city of Detroit.

 
 

Faculty Advisor

Dean StraussDavid Strauss, Ph.D.

Dean of Students
davidstrauss@wayne.edu

David has served as Wayne State's Dean of Students since January, 2002. In this capacity, he leads the university's student affairs activities, including the responsibility for student and campus activities, student organization resources, fraternity and sorority life, student community involvement, Warrior Pride affinity programs, student senate and student conduct and care services. David chairs the Student Update and Information Team (SUIT), serves as the university's Title IX Deputy Coordinator, represents student life on the university crisis team, and serves as the Office of the Provost's representative to the Academic Senate's Student Affairs committee. Since 2011, David has been an adjunct lecturer in the WSU Department of Economics where he teaches a section of Principles of Economics each fall and winter semester. Prior to joining Wayne State, David served as the Associate Director of the University Honors and Scholars Center at The Ohio State University and the Assistant Dean of Students for Greek Life and Student Activities at Centre College. David received his Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University, his Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel Administration from Indiana University, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Bucknell University. David is a member of NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education where he serves on the region 4 east board and is on the boards of the Farmington YMCA and the Lester & Jewell Morris Hillel Jewish Student Center at Michigan State University. David enjoys swimming, handy work projects around the house, gardening, and spending time with his wife Amy and children Nate and Caroline