Student Philanthropy Council


Nada Al-Hanooti

Class Standing:  Senior
Hometown:  Dearborn
Majors:  Political Science and Journalism
Minor: Women and Gender Studies

Other Activities/Organizations: Vice Chair for the Association for Diversity and Unity and Political Science Association

Why did you join the Student Philanthropy Council?
I want to be a part of the change on campus.


Aml Altahmi

Class Standing:  Freshman
Hometown:  Dearborn
Major:  Marketing
Minor: Sociology 

Other Activities/Organizations: Secretary of the Organization for Interfaith Coexistance and Muslim Student Association.

Why did you join the Student Philanthropy Council?
It gives me a greater opportunity to dedicate my time to increasing awareness of philanthropy and making positive changes, not only on our campus, but within the surrounding community as well.


Uzma Anwar

Class Standing:  Senior
Hometown:  Canton
Major:  Behavioral Sciences
Minor:  Biology                                             

Other Activities/Organizations: Vice President of the Black Student Union, Alliance for Disability Awareness Event Coordinator, Alternative Spring Break and Chair for the Veterans' Benefit Dinner.

Why did you join the Student Philanthropy Council?
I want to encourage students to get further involved with their community and campus life by giving back. I want to a make a change in the perception students have of our campus, and to raise awareness about the philanthropy that takes place on our campus.


Kris Bjornbak

Class Standing:  Senior
Hometown:  Livonia
Major:  Anthropology

Other Activities/Organizations: Chair of GLOBE, Alliance for Disability Awareness, Association for Diversity and Unity, student advisor for Association of Student Anthropologists, Organization for Interfaith Coexistence, Omani Student Association and Chinese Scholar and Student Association, 2012 Distinguished Student Leader, and 2012 UM-Dearborn Difference Maker.

Why did you join the Student Philanthropy Council?
I feel that it is important to not only give back to the University, but to the community as well. In addition, setting an example of a philanthropic lifestyle will encourage others to do the same.


Nancy Elanjithara

Class Standing:  Sophomore
Hometown:  Troy
Major:  English

Other Activities/Organizations: Vice Chair of GLOBE, Treasurer of Michigan Urban Farming Initiative, Indian American Student Association, and MPressions recruitment assistant.

Why did you join the Student Philanthropy Council?
Through my wonderful experience here, I have grown to love and have great pride in being part of UM-Dearborn. This council gives me the opportunity to integrate myself further into the campus community, to give back, and to hopefully make a difference.


Hanan Hashem

Class Standing:  Senior
Hometown:  Hamtramck
Major:  Psychology
Minor: Philosophy

Other Activities/Organizations: President of the Organization for Interfaith Coexistence, Vice President of the Psychology Club, Vice President of Psi Chi and Director of Advertising and Marketing for the Muslim Student Association.

Why did you join the Student Philanthropy Council?
It seems like a great opportunity to give back to campus and our community.


Hana Mattar

Class Standing:  Sophomore
Hometown:  Cairo, Egypt
Major:  Psychology

Other Activities/Organizations: Campus Video Network, Association for Diversity and Unity, and Muslim Student Association.

Why did you join the Student Philanthropy Council?
I've always loved helping people out and I thought this would be a great way to give back.


Rachel Michelsen

Class Standing:  Sophomore
Hometown:  Northville
Major:  Psychology

Other Activities/Organizations: Director of Internal Affairs for Association for Diversity and Unity and Junior Officer for Campus Video Network.

Why did you join the Student Philanthropy Council?
I enjoyed helping out with the council's events before. It is an organization whose purpose I like.


Rima Rida

Class Standing:  Junior
Hometown:  Dearborn Heights
Major:  Biology
Minor: Psychology 

Other Activities/Organizations: President of the American Red Cross, Student Government Senator, Chairwoman of the Student and Academic Affairs Committee, Stewards of Sustainability, Academic Outreach Committee Pre-Med Chair and Event Coordinator for the Homecoming Committee.

Why did you join the Student Philanthropy Council?
I wanted to make an impact on campus in a way that went beyond what I had normally been doing. This group works very closely with Alumni Relations, which led me to realize the great impacts our alumni make in contributing to the vitality of the university.


Gerard Roberson

Class Standing:  Junior
Hometown:  Detroit
Major:  Urban and Regional Studies
Minor: Hispanic Studies

Other Activities/Organizations: President of the Black Student Union, Student Activities Board, Student Organization Advisory Council, Organization for Interfaith Coexistence, Alliance for Disability Awareness and Association for Diversity and Unity.

Why did you join the Student Philanthropy Council?
I wanted to join a group of like-minded individuals who do not mind showing students that regardless of how busy you are, it is important to give back. This council represents a small part of the unity on this campus, while also taking time to help our fellow men and women.