Meet the Senators
Sailor Mayes is a third year student at Wayne State University, studying Political Science and Communications. She has been involved in numerous political affairs including campaigns, governmental positions, volunteering, community outreach, voter engagement, and political activism. Sailor has been on the Student Senate for the past three years holding the position of the Housing and Residential Life Rep, Director of Government Affairs, Senator at Large, and is currently holding the position of President. Within these three years Sailor has passed over 15 resolutions, been on 8 committees, and 3 project groups. Her main focuses for the 2021-2022 student senate are improving Wayne State's campus, providing resources for students who need them, increasing Warrior pride, and creating a more sustainable environment for students, native animals, and plants. "I am so excited for what is to come with this Fall slowly starting to open up, I cannot wait to see the bright faces and welcome those who have never stepped foot on campus." Please reach out to me if you have any questions regarding the Senate or anything personal, we all stand for you and our community.
Jasmine Coles is a second 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.
Yousra Zouani is a junior 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.
Fatima Hammoud is a 23-year-old 4.0 student majoring in psychology and minoring in Public Health. She is on the path to becoming a Physician Assistant which was inspired by her passion for helping others. She was born into an Arab-American family and raised here in the states. Growing up, she was always agog to broaden her knowledge, meet new people and lend an availing hand when need be. She has a huge passion for mental wellness and has devoted herself to ending the stigma by creating an organization called "Mental Health Matters". She is a first-generation college student who recognizes the value of education. Fatima is known to be a risk-taking, open-minded, and strong-willed individual who is not afraid to speak out on crucial issues. She spends most of her spare time volunteering as she has a strong desire to support others. If she is elected to Student Senate, she will use her abilities to listen to the needs of our student body and answer issues in a constructive manner in order to increase our Warriors' wellbeing, inclusivity, and comfort.
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Nasrin Nesha is a senior 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. She also enjoys gardening and 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. 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.
Director of Government Affairs
Major: Political Science
Director of Community Affairs
Director of Student Services
Major: Public Health
Director of Public Relations
Major: Computer Science
Mike Ilitch School of Business Representative
Vedika Savla is a Junior in the Mike Ilitch School of Business and the Irvin D. Reid Honors College at Wayne State University, dual majoring in Global Supply Chain and Marketing with an Honors co-major and a minor in Design. She is a creative individual with a passion for innovation and sustainability. Vedika has a broad cultural background which allows her to bring on different perspectives to the table. Additionally, she possesses a passion for the community and therefore spends her time volunteering and is currently a volunteer at Heartland Hospice. She also plays an active role being involved on campus. Currently, Vedika is secretary of Alpha Kappa Psi (AKPsi), one of the largest business professional co-ed fraternities on campus; a part of the marketing committee for International Business Association (IBA) and a member of the Global Supply Chain Management Association (GSCMA). Her performance in and out of school has allowed her to be recognized as a 2021 Mike Ilitch School of Business 25 Under 25 Honoree. She plans on creating a positive, diversified and encouraging environment within the Mike Ilitch School of Business and make sure every voice is heard. Her ultimate goal is to create a more accessible and inclusive setting within the Mike Ilitch School of Business on campus, especially one that will provide more student amenities after a return to in person instruction.
College of Education Representative
Lukis Bagdon is a Junior at the College of Education, currently pursuing a degree in Secondary Education in the Social Studies Comprehensive. Between classes, they've spent their time between the Wayne State Debate team, the Detroit Urban Debate League, and the Education Scholars Alliance. After graduated, they hope to teach high schools skills such as critical thinking, rhetorical analysis, and mutual aid. In their free time, they enjoy spending time with their cat Mr. Cowboy Britches, writing fiction, and sewing.
College of Engineering Representative
I am currently in my second year at Wayne State University pursuing a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering with a co-major in University Honors. The City of Detroit and Wayne State University have been such welcoming communities and given me opportunities that helped me grow as an individual, a leader, and a professional. The diversity, spirit, and culture that these places hold are one of a kind and I am grateful for the chance to experience them. I want to now give back and be a part of the Student Senate to show not only my appreciation for the people around me but to also make a difference, a change, and an improvement, so that we all can benefit and grow together. I want to continue to build the inclusivity that this campus thrives on and make everyone feel safe, comfortable, and positive at all times. Wayne State is my home, and my peers are my family. I will fight for their voice by any means possible.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Representative
Major: Public Health
Jeren Ghoujeghi (she/her) is a second-year Honors student majoring in Public Health on the pre-med track. As a Senator, she is committed to actively addressing student concerns through empathy, synergy, and equity. Jeren serves on the UROP, Suicide Prevention, and Social Change Coalition Diversity Equity and Inclusion committees. She is also a part of the Events project group and the Middle Eastern and North African working group. On campus, Jeren is a member of Detroit Period Project, serves as President of Elevate Women, and works with a non-profit organization called Mama's Secretary. She enjoys studying and living in Detroit because of the city's resiliency. Growing up in Metro Detroit in a Middle Eastern household, Jeren is a firm believer that immigrants propel America forward. Furthermore, she aspires to become a compassionate physician that treats and empowers underserved populations. In her free time, you can find her reffing soccer, listening to music, and spending time with her sister. Jeren wants to hear your suggestions and concerns so feel free to contact her at the email above.
College of Nursing Representative
Major: Nursing and Public Health
Afifi Kadadu is a third-year student in Wayne State University's College of Nursing, she is pursuing a dual degree in a Bachelor 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.
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.
School of Social Work Representative
Major: Masters of Social Work
Rajan Varmon is an MSW student focusing within the I-CPL concentration. Born and raised in Detroit, he 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 as the President of Warrior; Suicide Prevention and has advanced his community-building efforts through his position as President of the Coalition of Community Social Workers (CCSW). 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.
Extension Center Representative
Jerry Crump was born in Trenton, Michigan. He is the oldest of five children. He attended Woodhaven High School and later, Wayne County Community College, earning an Associate's Degree. He worked in the restaurant industry for 20 years, and in 2020, started attending Wayne State University pursuing a degree in elementary education. He coaches softball and would like to coach football one day, a sport he played in high school. He is passionate about becoming part of a new generation of educators, blazing a new path in education focused on inclusion and equity. He is interested in doing graduate level education research and would like to start pursuing a master's degree upon completion of his bachelor's degree in Spring, 2022.
Senator at Large
Major: Public Affairs
Abe Ahmad was born and raised in Dearborn, Michigan and is the son of a Lebanese immigrant father, who fled his war-torn country to seek a better life here in the United States and live the American Dream, as well as the son of a Lebanese mother who was born in the United States to Lebanese immigrants. He is a Sophomore Undergraduate student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and is majoring in Public Affairs as well as minoring in Peace & Conflict Studies. Since a young age, he has been heavily involved in helping elect leaders in his community to serve in municipal, state, county, and national government. He currently serves in a legislative/diplomatic capacity where he leads the charge on policy issues that benefit his community and the constituents that are represented by the office he is serving in. In addition, he seeks to serve in the foreign relations sector where he can participate in The United States' diplomatic strategy around the world and work to enhance the alliance between his country, The United States of America, and his ancestral homeland, The Republic of Lebanon. In addition, Abe is an executive board member of the Lebanese Student Association chapter of Wayne State University and serves as its Director of Professional Development. As the world begins to experience an inkling of normalcy, he aims to finally be able to work with his fellow peers in person to create positive impacts on Wayne State University and improve the quality of the student experience at this esteemed institution.
Senator at Large
Major: Environmental Science and Political Science
Tony DiMeglio, is a second-year student studying Environmental Science and Political Science. He spends most of his time divided into three things: exploring and learning about nature, watching Marvel and Star Wars movies, and fighting for those oppressed, disadvantaged, and left behind by this country's political, economic, and social structures. Growing up in West Michigan, he was a founding member of Coders4Tomorrow, an organization focused on exposing the youth of disadvantaged communities to the world of coding and computer science. Since moving to Detroit, he has organized with the Sunrise Movement, an organization focused on environmental activism; additionally, they worked to ensure a democratically held election in the 2020 season. He served as an Election Defender, making sure Detroit voters were able to vote safely and without fear. Additionally, he is a founding member and serves in the leadership of Done Waiting, a PAC, focused on using the people's power of dedicated youth to help progressive causes. Tony has been involved in campus politics primarily through Wayne State's Young Democratic Socialists of America chapter. He has furthermore worked with members and student organizers from the Black Student Union, the Student for Justice in Palestine organization, and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women Studies Department.
Senator at Large
My name is Faisal Jaura, and I am a Junior majoring in Psychology with a minor in chemistry. I participated in many extracurricular activities including Organic Chemistry peer mentoring, IM Basketball, volunteering at Aunty Na's, and Blessing box in Detroit. I am someone that simply does not give up because I am passionate about what I do. This will be my third time applying for the Student Senate. The first two rejections didn't faze me; one of my idols Malcolm X once said â€œa man who stands for something can never fall. I stand for improving student life through the power of the senate. I will fight for the diverse student body of Wayne State and I will not let the setbacks stop us. I am truly passionate about this and giving up is not in my dictionary. In the last 3 years, I experienced many facets of student life at Wayne State University. I understand the sentiment of the students at Wayne State and I will fight to make our lives easier as a senator.
Senator at Large
Major: Political Science
Amina is a life-long Detroiter and senior at Wayne State. She is a Political Science student with a concentration in public policy. Amina is currently the Director of Advocacy and Policy for Detroit Period Project, 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 throughout their education. Outside of Wayne State, Amina is a Policy and Research Associate with We the People Michigan, where she researches policy issues in Michigan communities. She is also passionate about activism, community organizing, baking, photography, and enjoys rejuvenating near bodies of water!
Senator at Large
Kaitlyn Kipp is a fourth year student at Wayne State studying Neuroscience and minoring in Psychology. Kaitlyn is passionate about neuroscience, public health, public policy, and urban planning. She also has a passion for marketing and social media strategy. Kaitlyn has worked on many different justice initiatives such as working for the organization Woke Vote and also creating her own fund for Black Lives Matter protestor's who were arrested or received citations. She is also a member of Wayne State's Black Student Union and the Young Democratic Socialists of America. Kaitlyn also worked as a Study Skills Coach in Wayne State's Study Skills Academy. She currently works on a public health research study entitled REACH at Henry Ford Health System. Kaitlyn is very passionate about Wayne State and is very involved on campus. Her goal on senate is to advocate for the student body and make sure Wayne State is an inclusive space for them. When she is not working or studying, Kaitlyn likes to dance, skateboard, read, listen to music, and try new restaurants.
Senator at Large
Major: Political Science
Muhammad is a Senior, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Peace and Conflict Studies. Currently, alongside serving on the Student Senate, Muhammad serves as the VP of the Muslims' Students Association, Secretary of the Pre-Law Students Association, and is the co-founder of the Language Coalition. He is also interning at one of the largest Muslim non-profit organizations in the country, the Council on American-Islamic Relations - Michigan Chapter, in their legal department. After graduation, Muhammad is hoping to continue fighting for his community by going onto law school and eventually becoming an attorney!
Senator at Large
Major: Public Health & Honors
Alexander Restum is a third-year student at Wayne State University, majoring in Public Health and Honors with a minor in Biology. He is a pre-med student with the goal of becoming a physician in the field of family medicine. His dream is to give back to the Metro Detroit community that has helped provide his family and peers with amazing opportunities. Throughout the last two years at Wayne State University, he has been a part of many extracurricular organizations on campus including the Honors Society Association, Lebanese Student Association, MedAssist, and Pre-professionals Medical Society. In the past, he has completed research with the EHRA Research Academy studying air quality and has completed research in the Wayne State Medical School studying bacterial infections. Currently, he volunteers with the DMC children's hospital studying Covid-19 and is a peer mentor for Organic Chemistry 2. He is incredibly proud to be a Warrior and part of the Wayne State community and hopes to uphold the values of diversity and inclusivity this university is built upon. His goal in the WSU Student Senate is to continue to serve this great university, give a voice to his fellow Warriors, and help improve the campus so that everyone feels both safe and included.
Senator at Large
I am Zack Thomas: a motivated student-leader and practitioner of public administration. In 2018, I earned my Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Local Government Management from Oakland University. I am currently enrolled in the Wayne State University Law School.
For three years, I served in the Oakland University Student Congress. The Student Body of OU elected me to be its Student Body President for the 2016 – 2017 academic year. While President, I managed an excellent team of nine paid part-time employees and 30+ volunteers, unanimously passed the triannual budget, and elevated student voices to university decision-making bodies. Some achievements include:
- A university minimum wage increase of $0.75 1 ½ years prior to the MI increase to the same level
- Successful accessibility enhancement advocacy, resulting in handicap accessible bathrooms, a permanent ramp in the "Habitat" student area, and more
- Authoring petitions and surveys, one of which garnered 1,500+ signatures in protest of the OU Board of Trustees' alleged violation of the MI Open Meetings Act
Most recently, I worked full-time at a local municipality as its Administrative Assistant to the Clerk and Recording Secretary to its Board of Trustees. I engaged in election administration and authored resolutions, research, and memoranda for consideration by the Board.
I enjoy playing DnD, PC gaming, Ballroom and Latin dancing, and running in my spare time. My fastest marathon time is 2:56:21.
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