Meet the Senators
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.
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.
Director of Public Relations
College of Education Representative
Mike Ilitch School of Business Representative
Extension Center Representative
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.
School of Social Work Representative
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.
School of Law Representative Representative
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.
Irvin D. Reid Honors College Representativeyyzouani@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.
School of Information Sciences Representative
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!
College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts Representative
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.
College of Engineering Representative
Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
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.
Housing and Residential Life Representative
Senator at Large
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.
Senator at Large
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.
Senator at Large
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.
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.
David Strauss, Ph.D.
Dean of Students
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