Meet the Senators

Officers

Yousra ZouaniYousra Zouani

President

Irvin D. Reid Honors College Representative 
yyzouani@wayne.edu 
 

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. Additionally, Yousra serves on the board for the Engineering Student Senate, Biomedical Engineering Society, and the Society of Computer Developers. She has also served as parliamentarian and Honors College representative for the Student Senate. As a representative, she has worked to encourage students to build and strengthen their relationships with the community. Through her work, Yousra hopes that students will feel valued and become more engaged to help boost their personal development.

 
 

HaydenHayden Johnson

Vice President
Senator at Large
 

Hi everyone, my name is Hayden Johnson. I am a second-Year student majoring in Political Science and dual-minoring in Law and Peace & Conflict Studies. I am originally from Woodhaven, MI, a suburb of Detroit. Still, I currently live here on campus and enjoy being immersed in the city lifestyle, one of the nation's most diverse areas. Something interesting about me is that I can play five different instruments. Last term, I served as the Housing and Residential Life Representative within the WSU Student Senate, working to provide the Office of Housing and Residential Life a students' perspective on many of the programs and things happening within housing, and the life of a student living on campus. On-campus, I currently work as a Summer Resident Advisor in the Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments, and in the fall I will be a Resident Advisor in Chatsworth Suites! In my role within housing, I have worked to incorporate fun activities with an educational takeaway into the daily lives of my fellow residents. As a returning senator, I would like to promote equality and student engagement on the Wayne State Campus. Health care access and mental health outlets are also critical initiatives to me, so my goal is to incorporate these themes into resolutions within the next Senate term to benefit our student population. I am a part of the mental health project group, working alongside many hard-working individuals to fulfill our initiatives that significantly impact our student body by advocating for my fellow students' whole well-being. I would love to have a conversation with our student body and bring it before my fellow senators, so please feel free to reach out to me and let us cause change together.

 

Hayden JohnsonJack Pulte

Parliamentarian
Senator at Large

jpulte@wayne.edu

Hello everyone, my name is Jack Pulte and I am running to be your Wayne State University member-at-large representative. I am currently a junior from Bloomfield Hills, MI; majoring in Political Science with a pre-law focus and a minor in Business Management. The overall meaning, and relevance of running for student senate is to help communicate between students, administration, faculty, and most importantly the WSU community. To represent all students at Wayne State, acting as an advocate between the administration and the student body. I was blessed enough to get the opportunity to work in Washington D.C for a United States Representative from the great state of Michigan. This opportunity taught me how to coordinate legislative issues and activities that affected the constituents I worked for, ultimately providing the necessary assistance and change to the people who truly needed help. As someone who is passionate about pushing towards positive change and giving the everyday student a voice to be heard, I have a strong history of advocating for those in need, and will aim to bring those skills to the Wayne State Student Senate. I am so excited to start this campaign and talk with you about how we can empower WSU together.

 

Kaitlyn KippRidaa Khan

Treasurer

Senator at Large

ridaakhan@wayne.edu

Ridaa Khan is a sophomore Media Studies major and Communication Studies minor. She enjoys learning anything and everything when its from someone who is passionate about what they do. In her free time she reads blogs, newsletters, novels, political theory, does art, writes journal entries, watches YouTube, does mediocre exercise, buys unnecessary items like Heelys, and thinks about- but doesn't actually start- screenwriting and starting new hobbies. Ridaa likes to observe media and issues from a critical lens, considering how it is impacted by capitalism, patriarchy and the gender binary, racism, imperialism, and more. Her goal is to use this senate position as well as other positions she has, such as working in the compost program for WSU Office of Campus Sustainability, to reflect that lens on life and add to systems of transformative change.

 

Lukis BagdonLukis Bagdon

Secretary

College of Education Representative

jbagdon@wayne.edu 

Lukis Bagdon is a Junior at the College of Education, currently pursuing a degree in Secondary Educationin the Social Studies Comprehensive with a minor in Public Health. Between classes, they spent theirtime between the Wayne State Debate team, the Detroit Urban Debate League, the Education ScholarsAlliance, and the Student Education Council. After graduated, they hope to teach high schoolers skillssuch as critical thinking, rhetorical analysis, and mutual aid. Their political emphases include (but arenot limited to) disability justice, liberatory politics, civic literary, labor rights, and public health. In theirfree time they love cats, sewing, and reading nonfiction.

 
 

Mannat BediMannat Bedi

Director of Community Affairs

Senator at Large

mannatbedi1@wayne.edu

Mannat Bedi is a third-year undergraduate student and the current Director of Community Affairs of the Wayne State Student Senate. Mannat is 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. Outside of her coursework, Mannat is currently conducting research by creating a systematic review with the Nicotine and Tobacco Research Division at WSU. Mannat has a passion for interacting with kids, and she spends her time volunteering with infants and toddlers at the Children's Hospital of Michigan. You can find her dancing, baking desserts, and drinking an excessive amount of coffee at all times. Additionally, she is a member of Delta Epsilon Mu, a pre-health professional fraternity. Being a part of student organizations has allowed her to grow in her passions and meet people that are interested in similar careers and extracurriculars. Mannat joined the Student Senate in order to broaden her understanding of the University and find a community to make tangible, long-lasting changes that can be sustained for the upcoming years.
 


Danishi BediDanishi Bedi

Director of Student Services

Senator at Large

bedidanishi@wayne.edu

Danishi is the current Director of Student Services of the Wayne State Student Senate. She 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 lives across the globe with the skills she will learn from her education in Public Health and Medicine. Outside of academics, she enjoys practicing calligraphy, digital art, and baking. Dancing is something that she has been doing for years, and she was the costume chair for 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.
 
Abe Ahmad

Abe Ahmad

Director of Government Affairs

Senator at Large
 

Hello, Wayne State family! My name is Abe Ahmad and I was born and raised in Dearborn, MI. I am 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. I am a second-year Junior student at the Wayne State University Undergraduate College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and am majoring in Public Affairs as well as minoring in Peace & Conflict Studies. Since a young age, I have been heavily involved in helping elect leaders in my community to serve in local, state, and national government. I am currently a Senator-At-Large as well as an Executive Board Member on the Student Senate as the Chair of the Government Affairs project Group. I serve in a government legislative capacity where I lead the charge on policy issues that benefit my community and the constituents that are represented by the office I am serving in. Furthermore, I seek to serve in the foreign relations sector where I can help advance the United States' diplomatic strategy around the world and work to enhance the relationships between the United States of America and nations around the globe. As the world begins to return to a sense of normalcy, I seek to build on the work that my peers and I on the Senate have done this past year in creating positive impacts on campus and enhancing the quality of the student experience at this esteemed institution as we navigate our campus to a post-pandemic environment.

 

Fatima YahyaFatima Yahya

Director of Public Relations

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Representative

fatimayyahya@wayne.edu

Fatima Yahya is a third-year undergraduate student at Wayne State University. Fleeing war and seeking refuge in the United States at only seven years old, Fatima knew she wanted to one day become the voice for many underrepresented and underprivileged people all throughout the world. Due to her interests, she decided to double-major in Political Science Honors and Philosophy with a concentration in Law, Ethics, and Justice while also completing a Co-Major in Peace and Conflict Studies. Fatima plans on applying to law school after completing her bachelor's to pursue a career in the legal field. Throughout her career, Fatima strives to stand out through her academic excellence, contribution to her local community, and goals for one day impacting the world on a global scale. Being an Arab-American Muslim, Fatima hopes to make Wayne State University a place welcome for all, grow the Muslim community within Wayne State, and provide more resources for minorities within campus.

 
 
 

Members

 

Mohamed DabajaMohamed Dabaja

Graduate School Representative

gk1828@wayne.edu

Mohamed Dabaja is a second-year M.S Biological Sciences Student who graduated with his bachelor's degree in Biology & Nutrition at Wayne State University. His passion for research as an undergraduate where he studied neurodegenerative diseases led him to continue his research as a graduate student at WSU. He currently works at Dr. Joy Alcedo's lab where he studies the impact of diet and specific neurons on fertilization in the model organism C. elegans. He is also a graduate teaching assistant for Biology 1501 & 1511. Outside of school, Mohamed enjoys traveling, playing basketball, and bodybuilding. He hopes to be a voice for all students on campus.

 

Fatima YahyaFatima Yahya

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Representative

Fatima Yahya is a third-year undergraduate student at Wayne State University. Fleeing war and seeking refuge in the United States at only seven years old, Fatima knew she wanted to one day become the voice for many underrepresented and underprivileged people all throughout the world. Due to her interests, she decided to double-major in Political Science Honors and Philosophy with a concentration in Law, Ethics, and Justice while also completing a Co-Major in Peace and Conflict Studies. Fatima plans on applying to law school after completing her bachelor's to pursue a career in the legal field. Throughout her career, Fatima strives to stand out through her academic excellence, contribution to her local community, and goals for one day impacting the world on a global scale. Being an Arab-American Muslim, Fatima hopes to make Wayne State University a place welcome for all, grow the Muslim community within Wayne State, and provide more resources for minorities within campus.

 

Veronica FahmiVeronica Fahmi

College of Nursing Representative

hc7576@wayne.edu

Hello everyone! My name is Veronica Fahmi, and I'm currently a third-year honors student studying nursing. My passions include acting, going to the gym, singing, and trying new things. I'm a Canadian student living on campus, and I'm fluent in French and some Arabic. My main goal in the future is to give the world the best of me while also taking care of myself. Nursing is a profession of a selfless nature, and I'm looking forward to helping patients in their healing journey. My reason for choosing nursing is identical to my reason for joining the student senate: to serve others. I'm truly looking forward to hearing your concerns and helping you make the changes you want to see. Please send me an email if you would like to discuss any topic, and know that I'm also a resource to you as a Resident Advisor on campus!

 

TK KhanTK Khan

School of Law Representative

gh8512@wayne.edu

TK Khan is a WSU Alum and 2L student at Wayne State University Law School. He graduated in 2021 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a B.A. in Global Studies and Political Science. As a member of the Public Forum Debate Team, he won various awards for WSU in regional and national tournaments. Merging his academic and extracurricular experiences, TK decided to attend law school in hopes to fight for tangible solutions to the problems he studied during his undergraduate years. He currently serves as a Governor-at-Large on the WSU Law School Student Board of Governors, working to represent his fellow law students.

 

Amal ElsalehAmal Elsaleh

Senator at Large

amalelsaleh@wayne.edu

My name is Amal Elsaleh and I am currently a junior studying Philosophy and Neuroscience with a minor in business, and I am interested in pursuing a career in patent law. I enjoy reading, tennis, anything horror-related (movies, games, etc), and the occasional retail therapy. My day-to-day life mainly consists of studying, however, I do find a lot of my breaks being spent with my pet bunny luna, with whom I've found the greatest console this semester! On my weekends, I enjoy spending time with my family and catching up on any books I've decided to start. I often find myself gravitating toward books that ponder the nature of metaphysical truths or the economy. I consider myself to be an extremely kind-hearted, hard-working, diligent, and collaborative person. I look forward to hopefully being able to cooperate with everyone in Student Senate this year.

 

Joel HammoudJoel Hammoud

Senator at Large

hi1204@wayne.edu

Hello everyone! My name is Joel Hammoud and I am a first-year undergraduate student Majoring in Biology. I am a proud daughter of a Lebanese immigrant and my city of Dearborn's first Arab American Female City Council President. Being raised by such inspiring figures in my community, I was molded into a life of selfless public service and giving back to society. I am striving for a career in Dentistry/Medicine as well as serving in government to help enhance the medical/public health sector in my community. Prior to my collegiate career, I served as an elected treasurer on my high school's student council where I worked diligently to appropriately manage funds and ensure fiscal transparency in the student council as well as a commissioner on my city's Youth Affairs Commission where along with my peers, I worked to promote youth civic engagement by providing a platform to empower young residents to be involved in municipal government. I am also a member of the Scientific Research Journal Organization as well as the Lebanese Student Association on campus. My passions/hobbies outside of school include art, playing soccer, playing the piano, participating in campaigns, and scouting for local shops and farmers markets. At Wayne State, I hope to be an agent of change and a bridge between my fellow peers and the university's administration.

 

Zaynah JadallahZaynah Jadallah

Senator at Large

hh9906@wayne.edu

Zaynah Jadallah is a senior graphic design student at Wayne State. She is a Palestinian American passionate about improving student life on campus and is a part of the MSA and SJP boards. One of the main initiatives she is working on achieving during her time at the senate is an initiative focused on MENASA (Middle, Eastern, North African, South Asian) student success and comfort on campus. This initiative includes adding halal menus across campus, posting MENASA news on social media, advocating for their struggles/discrimination on campus, and adding a Middle Eastern/North African and south Asian race category on every Banner, University form, survey, and admissions application. For any suggestions or concerns, always feel free to email her. Zaynah also loves to volunteer at The Islamic Center of Detroit and Zaman International. 

 

Sheva KhaimovSheva Khaimov

Senator at Large

sheva@wayne.edu

Sheva Khaimov is a sophomore pursuing a B.S. in Honors Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience with grad school ambitions. She is remarkably passionate about student life at WSU. Going into her second year as an Orientation Leader, she has helped aid many incredible incoming and transfer students with the initial admissions process and has continued to advocate for their respective needs whenever possible. Sheva has served as Vice President of WSU's Model United Nations and is presently on the Volunteer Committee of the Honors Student Association. As mental health education is at the core of her efforts, her leadership position as the Chair of the Mental Health Resources Working Group (MHRWG) within the Mental Health Project Group (MHPG) of the 2021-2022 Student Senate has showcased this through its numerous endeavors. Through her leadership efforts within the MHRWG, Sheva has made a supportive network of faculty and administration within WSU, and has focused on initiatives ranging from increasing mental health crisis response efforts, advocating for the expansion of CAPS services, as well as supporting the universal implementation of the Mental Health First Aid module within all First-Year Seminar courses. If elected to the Student Senate, Sheva will continue to uphold the efforts of the MHPG, as well as improve student experiences by focusing on quality, advocacy, and progress for the WSU community.

 

Cordelia KrajewskiCordelia Krajewsk

Senator at Large

cordelia.krajewski@wayne.edu

I am a freshman majoring in political science with a minor in journalism. I graduated from Roosevelt High School in Wyandotte, Michigan; there, I served as class president, yearbook editor-in-chief, and a student council representative. Here at Wayne State, I serve as Chatsworth Hall Council's president. I love listening to others' ideas and I am a great communicator. My ambition is what I believe makes me an ideal candidate for Student Senate. Your vote would be greatly appreciated!

 

Vivian PendergastVivian Pendergast

Senator at Large

go8837@wayne.edu

Vivian Pendergast is a junior student at Wayne State University, studying psychology and political science.  She is involved in many student organizations including the Undergraduate Psychology Society which she is the president and founder of and the vice president for the Collge Democrats.  She works in our community at Central City Integrated Health which helps marginalized populations receive health care and other services that may not be accessible otherwise.  Vivian is a first-generation student who understands the struggles that come with being the first in the family to attend college. Outside of college and work, she loves to travel and experience all sorts of wildlife and learn about different cultures. She is a proud cat mom to two cats named Perry and Oscar.

 

Jack PulteJack Pulte

Senator at Large

jpulte@wayne.edu

Hello everyone, my name is Jack Pulte and I am running to be your Wayne State University member-at-large representative. I am currently a junior from Bloomfield Hills, MI; majoring in Political Science with a pre-law focus and a minor in Business Management. The overall meaning, and relevance of running for student senate is to help communicate between students, administration, faculty, and most importantly the WSU community. To represent all students at Wayne State, acting as an advocate between the administration and the student body. I was blessed enough to get the opportunity to work in Washington D.C for a United States Representative from the great state of Michigan. This opportunity taught me how to coordinate legislative issues and activities that affected the constituents I worked for, ultimately providing the necessary assistance and change to the people who truly needed help. As someone who is passionate about pushing towards positive change and giving the everyday student a voice to be heard, I have a strong history of advocating for those in need, and will aim to bring those skills to the Wayne State Student Senate. I am so excited to start this campaign and talk with you about how we can empower WSU together.

 

Huda Syed

Huda Syed

Senator at Large

huda.syed@wayne.edu

Huda Syed is a Junior 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-medical track interested in infectious diseases and education for the public on numerous diseases. On campus, Huda spends her time working with other organizations on campus that include the 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 organization the Detroit Justice Center, a non profit law firm that helps to reform the justice system and wrongly imprisoned Detroit citizens. Huda has also served in Student Senate in the previous year as the Extension Center Representative. In her free time, she loves to read books, bake and photograph city life.

 

Ridaa Khan

Ridaa Khan

Senator at Large

ridaakhan@wayne.edu

Ridaa Khan is a sophomore Media Studies major and Communication Studies minor. She enjoys learning anything and everything when its from someone who is passionate about what they do. In her free time she reads blogs, newsletters, novels, political theory, does art, writes journal entries, watches YouTube, does mediocre exercise, buys unnecessary items like Heelys, and thinks about- but doesn't actually start- screenwriting and starting new hobbies. Ridaa likes to observe media and issues from a critical lens, considering how it is impacted by capitalism, patriarchy and the gender binary, racism, imperialism, and more. Her goal is to use this senate position as well as other positions she has, such as working in the compost program for WSU Office of Campus Sustainability, to reflect that lens on life and add to systems of transformative change.

 

Hasan Alatabi

Hasan Alatabi

Senator at Large

alatabi@wayne.edu

My name is Hasan Alatabi and I am a Senior currently majoring in Business management with a minor in law, in hopes of pursuing a career in the corporate law field. I am a first-generation college student from an Iraqi and Australian background. Some hobbies I enjoy are DJing, reading books, and cooking. Prior to my current position on the student senate, I am a student ambassador at the Mike Ilitch School of Business, a representative board member for the Lebanese Student Association, a member in the Pre-Law club, Mission Possible Organization member and an Eternal Light member as well. Throughout my undergraduate journey I have had an eye-opening experience seeing the diversity in this school and the voice the students have. During my time on student senate, I would love to increase the strength of the school and the community as well as creating more connections between everyone under the Wayne state umbrella to share the warrior spirit. 

 


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