I have been GSA Councillor for the last 3 years. I served as Vice President for the Medical Genetics Students’ Association (MGSA) from 2015 to 2018. In this position, I volunteered with a fantastic group of students who share my goal to improve students’ experiences, build professional connections, and of course, engage them in activities outside of the academic setting. I collaborated with the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry to update the Medical Genetics Graduate Student Manual for the 2017/18 term. These changes addressed regulations to improve student life in the department, and clarify further rules and regulations around scholarships and part time jobs. An example of my dedication to help students’ build professional networks, the MGSA and I organize Research Day – an annual event that allows students to showcase their work and interact with faculty and an internationally recognized keynote speaker. As President of the MGSA, I work with my team to organize multiple events for students that take place outside of school and work to connect them with any additional support services they may need to thrive as individuals.
I take great pleasure volunteering each year with the Batting Against Breast Cancer (BABC) softball tournament. We raise hundreds of thousands of dollars each year that goes directly to support Breast Cancer Research. This volunteer experience also helps round out my academically inclined approach to solving breast cancer by giving me a chance to interact with the people who it affects everyday.
I have volunteered with the University of Alberta International Syrian Refugee Program for the last two years. There, I help new refuge students adapt and settle in Canada. Being fluent in Arabic and English allows me to be that communicative bridge for Syrian students in and outside of school. This position allows me to help others, but it also serves an important role in my own life. Many of my family members continue to reside in Middle-Eastern countries and have experienced some of the impacts associated with the turmoil on that side of the world. Volunteering with the University of Alberta International Syrian Refugee Program has helped me gain some level of understanding of the impacts my family members have undergone.
Since 2017, I have served as an intern for the IMPORTEN Project Team at the Integrative Health Institute, which involves the collaborative efforts of five universities in the province. This project contributes to the interdisciplinary perspective towards improving and increasing the accessibility to mental health care in Alberta.
I feel privileged to be a part of the Graduate Students Association (GSA) and serve as your Vice-President Student Services for 2018-2019. I have faith in my leadership, advocacy, and communication skills to be effective in my term as your VP Student Services. I have a sharp vision and mission to accomplish.