Banen Al-Sheemary, a program manager at MESA, coordinates APIA Heritage Month, ALMA, and assists with the Nourish Lunch Series. Much of her past volunteer work was centered on refugees and transitioning them in a healthy manner. This included emphasizing the need for mental health services and healing in addition to emergency needs.
Abby (she/her/hers) serves as Program Manager, coordinates the MESA Grants Program, Arab Heritage Month, and advises United Asian American Organizations (UAAO) and the South Asian Awareness Network.
Abby wandered into Student Affairs as an undergraduate student innocently looking for a summer job (which she found in orientation). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Western Illinois University and a Masters of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut.
Leon Howard III, a Program Manager in the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs coordinates the Support for Incoming Black Students mentoring program, the Growing Allies Retreat and the Growing Allies Cohort. Leon also coordinates the African American and Arab American History months and serves as a liaison for HEADS and several other student groups on campus. Leon has been at the University of Michigan for 7 years. Prior to transitioning to MESA, Leon worked as a Hall Director in Residence Education at the University of Michigan and at several other institutions.
Saba graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Global Media Studies. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she is so pleased to have made Ann Arbor her second home. She feels extremely lucky to have had her career begin at U-M, after a brief stint as a Programming Assistant at the University Musical Society, and now at MESA.
Henry Mochida is the Communications Specialist of The Program on Intergroup Relations, Spectrum Center, and Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (ISM). He guides the development and implementation of strategic communications processes for the three units and beyond. Henry completed his master’s degree and was a Ph.D. student in Urban Planning at the University of Hawaiʻi with a focus on media advocacy and participatory action research methodologies.
chee ia (she/her/hers) attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with double majors in Marketing and Sociology, and Michigan State University with a Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration. chee ia has been involved in multicultural affairs, leadership development, Greek Life, and international student support, and has worked in different capacities within these areas.