SALAM is a partnership between the Arab Student Association and the Office of Multi-Ethnic Students Affairs (MESA). This multi-day program is for incoming first and transfer students to build community, learn about campus resources, and connect with one another about the Arab student experience. The program is open to all U-M students interested in understanding and supporting the Arab community.
In 2018, SALAM was created out of need for a support system, guidance, and mentorship from members of the Arab student community. In its pilot year, the program served over 40 first-year students in a two-day event. Participants met with various organizations that make up the Arab community to learn about its history and ways to be involved. Participants also developed a better understanding of the Arab student experience through student panels, group activities, and more.
SALAM 2022 dates are August 22-24 (on campus early move in on August 21)
Priority Registration: August 2
SALAM is open to all incoming U-M students. If you would like to participate in the program, please register below.
SALAM Leadership Team
Zeinab Eidy | SALAM Student Coordinator
Zeinab (she/her/hers) is Lebanese-American studying Public Health. This year, she will serve as the Arab Student Association’s Director of First Year Programs and the Director of Philanthropy for the first and only Arab sorority on campus, Epsilon Alpha Sigma Sorority, Inc. Beyond academics and student organizations, Zeinab enjoys running, reading, and spending time with friends and family!
Dania Zeidan | SALAM Student Coordinator
Dania (she/her/hers) is currently a junior pursuing a dual degree in Public Health & Middle East North African Studies. She identifies as a Syrian Lebanese American. On campus, she serves on the board of student organizations such as NAAMA NextGen, Syrian Student Association, and Doctors Without Borders. Outside of classes, Dania likes to go on long walks and swim!
Dania Ali | SALAM Student Coordinator
Dania Ali is currently a sophomore pursuing a B.S. in Movement Science. She currently serves as a Co-Leader for SALAM, Event Coordinator for the Iraqi-American Union, and is involved in Arabesque and Neuroscience National Honors Society. Outside of academics, Dania really enjoys working out, baking, and being with friends and family.
Sarah Khreizat | Committee Member
Sarah is currently a sophomore pursuing a B.S. in Public Health Sciences at the University of Michigan. Sarah is involved in the Arab Student Association and also serves as the president of the Arabesque Dance Troupe. Outside of her academics, Sarah enjoys spending time with family and friends, photography/videography, and going on walks at the Nichols Arboretum!
Fatima Ali-Khodja | Committee Member
Fatima is currently a senior pursuing a B.S.E in Biomedical Engineering. Fatima is an Arab-American who is currently active in the Arab Student Association, Epsilon Alpha Sigma Sorority, Inc, and she is also a Medical Assistant at a local urgent care. Outside of her academics, Fatima enjoys watching movies, cooking, and traveling.
Abood AlSubee | Committee Member
Abood is a senior studying Movement Science at the School of Kinesiology. After undergrad, he plans on pursuing a DPT degree. Outside of school, he loves water sports, playing volleyball, and lifting weights.
Diana Wahba | Committee Member
Diana (she/her/hers) is a rising sophomore pursuing a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. Diana identifies as an Egyptian American and is currently involved in the Arab Student Association, The Egyptian Student Association, and the North African Student Association. Diana is a part of Epsilon Alpha Sigma Sorority Inc. also known as the Empowered Arab Sisterhood on campus. She enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures.
Sana Sharba | Committee Member
Sana (she/her/hers) is a rising sophomore pursuing a B.S. in Molecular, cellular, and developmental biology and a B.A. in French and Francophone Studies. Sana is Syrian and immigrated to the U.S. in 2012. She is currently involved in Epsilon Alpha Sigma, the Arab sisterhood on campus as the director of administration and multicultural Greek council chair. Her other involvements in campus include serving as the professional developmental chair for the National Arab American Medical Association Nextgen and the event chair for the global surgery student association. Sana is passionate about research and currently works in the koschmann lab studying pediatric neuro-oncology. Outside of academics, Sana loves to bake, spend time with friends and family, and participate in the artistic swim team here on campus.
Mohsen Najar | Committee Member
Mohsen (he/him) is currently a sophomore with an intended major in Public Health. Mohsen identifies as an Arab- American and is currently involved with the Arab Student Association. Outside of academics, Mohsen enjoys watching football, listening to music, and traveling to new places!
Zahraa Elghoul | Committee Member
Zahraa is a junior studying user experience design at the University of Michigan’s School of Information. While UX design is her chosen career path, she has always cared deeply about societal issues and plans to use her skills and resources to bring about change to the lives of those that are underprivileged and/or belong to minority communities. For her, this passion manifests most in the areas of digital illiteracy and access to information. Beyond that, she enjoys books, cats, and bagels!
Arwa Hassaballa | Committee Member
Arwa is a current Junior pursuing a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, Neuroscience. Arwa identifies as an Egyptian-American Muslim women and is currently involved in the Arab Student Association, the M-STEM program, and serves as the president of the Egyptian Student Association. Arwa really enjoys reading, playing her flute, and music.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to contact Program Manager, Braini McKenzie (or call 734-763-9044). You can also email the SALAM Lead Team at SALAM.firstname.lastname@example.org.