Nadia Bazzy serves as the Director of the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs at the University of Michigan. She previously served as the Interim Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) and Assistant Director at the Office of Student Conflict Resolution (OSCR) at the University of Michigan, with primary responsibility for OSCR’s role in the University of Michigan Policy & Procedures on Student Sexual & Gender-Based Misconduct & Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence.
Krishna Han's (he/him/his) professional student affairs journey in the US took him from Oberlin College to Bowling Green State University (BGSU) prior to joining University of Michigan. Originally, from Cambodia, Krishna graduated from the Royal University of Phnom Penh with a dual degree in Biology and Education. After completing a master degree in Community Forestry at Shinshu University, Japan he pursued and earned a Ph.D. in Regional Environmental Resources Management at Hokkaido University, Japan.
Henry Mochida directs the strategic communications, public relations, and marketing for The Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR), Spectrum Center (SC), and the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA). He manages the development and implementation of strategic communications plans, oversees the production of visual media, writes and edits editorial content, administers the website and newsletters, leads social media best practices, and guides internal procedures.
Javier Solorzano Parada (he, him, his) is a two-time alumnus of the University of Michigan. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and Master of Arts in Higher Education. Javier is a proud "Chilango" born and raised in Mexico City. Javier's journey as a former undocumented, first-generation, Latinx student has helped him keep a strong commitment to work towards a more equitable and accessible campus for all students. His educational and professional work highlight how he lives through the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Andrew graduated from Central Michigan University in 2018 with a Master's degree and Limited License in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He currently works for the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs as a Program Manager where he oversees community engagement and wellness programing, black history month, SIBS mentorship program and serving as a liaison to Counseling and Psychological services and a member of OAMI pow wow planning committee.
Neika White (she/her/hers) serves as Administrative Assistant in MESA. Neika is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Linguistics and African Studies and is currently working on her Sign Language Interpretation degree at Madonna University. Outside of working to keep the flow of MESA seamless, you may find her working with the Disability community in whatever way she can.
(she/her/hers) serves as Program Manager in MESA and is part of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation Chippewa of Sarnia and received her BA in International Studies focusing on Political Economy/Development and Human Rights from the University of Michigan. Andrea has spent a number of years in the non-profit environment, working as a community advocate, supporting the fight to end homelessness in Washtenaw County, and developing programming/volunteering opportunities to support families impacted by chronic homelessness. Andrea enjoys spend
chee ia yang (she/her/hers) graduated from 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 worked in different capacities in non-profit and higher education regarding social justice education, college access, leadership development, and more.
Leslie (they/them/theirs) is a Masters of Social Work candidate with a concentration in Management of Human Services with a practice area in Community and Social Systems. They are originally from Brewster, New York and graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo with a degree in Psychology. This year Leslie will be the Graduate Community Coordinator of Martha Cook along with a Heritage Month Graduate Student Program Coordinator.
Miriam Chung (she, her, hers) is an undergraduate at the Ford School of Public Policy with a minor in Spanish originally from Lake Zurich, Illinois. Miriam's social justice interest areas lie within creating policy for immigrant rights, improving the injustice that is ingrained in the incarceration system, and providing social welfare for low-income families and individuals.
Hiba (she/her/hers) is a second-year student studying Political Science & English and she hails from Beiruit, Lebanon & Dearborn, Michigan. She is passionate about inclusivity and representation, especially in media & government. When not at MESA, Hiba works with Hikayat, the Arab Student Association, and the Dean of Students Advisory Board. In the future, she hopes to attend law school & receive an MFA in creative writing.
Arianna (she/her/hers) is a junior pursuing a BA in Art & Design with a minor in Education for Empowerment. She grew up in Hsinchu, Taiwan, and she attended Penn State for two years before transferring to U-M in 2018. Arianna is passionate about improving student life, especially in campus facilities and multicultural affairs. She hopes to support students as her professors and advisors have done for her.
Anooshka (she/her/hers) is a third-year student double majoring in Communication and Media and Sociology and minoring in Intergroup Relations. On campus, she is a co-facilitator for SAPAC's LGBTQ+ Peer Led Support Group, a newcomer on the Michigan Ballroom Dance Team, Co-Chair for High School Conference, and a ResStaff Coordinator in Barbour/Newberry Residence Halls. In the long run, she would like to work with children in the juvenile detention system and improve the prison industrial complex. A fun fact about her is that she has visited two different prisons in Uganda!
Nadia (she/her/hers) is a senior from Franklin, Michigan studying Public Policy and focusing on immigration and human rights policy. Some social justice issues she is passionate about are ending mass incarceration, abolishing the prison industrial complex, and immigrant rights. In the future, Nadia hopes to attend law school. If she could sing one song at karaoke night, it would probably be Umbrella by Rihanna.
Jessica (she/her/hers) is a junior in the school of Literature, Sciences, and the Arts studying History. She is from a small town in northwestern Connecticut named Kent. Some social justice issues that are close to her heart are prison-reform/mass-incarceration, access to health care, and the effects of sexual and domestic violence. Her go-to karaoke song is either Somebody to Love by Queen or I Say a Little Prayer by Aretha Franklin.
Annie is a Senior in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts studying Political Science and Spanish. Her hometown is Antioch, IL, a far north suburb of Chicago, and her pronouns are she/her/hers. Some social justice issues she is passionate about are mass incarceration and prison reform, immigration, and the refugee crisis.
Youna is a fourth year student in the school of Literature, Science, and the Arts, majoring in Women's Studies and minoring in A/PIA Studies. Along with their fellow co-Student Coordinator and Leadership Team, Youna hopes to support an uplifting community-building experience for the A/PIA Heritage Month Committee as well as the A/PIA community on campus.
Cindy Lin is a Senior in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts studying Political Science and Asian Studies. Her pronouns are she, her, hers. Cindy is very passionate about public service, politics, and government-- with a concentrated focus on education equity and minority rights/representation.
Saveri is a third year student studying Philosophy and Religion. She is passionate about diversity and equity on campus. In order to follow her passions, she is working at MESA, as well as being involved in South Asian Awareness Network and Blueprints For Pangaea, a health equity non-profit. She is excited to be working at MESA as a Student Coordinator to help elevate programming and initiatives.
Julia (she, her, hers) recently transferred to University of Michigan from Washtenaw Community College. She gained work experience in Public Relations and Communications in the higher education field throughout her time at WCC. Currently, she majors in Philosophy and with a minor in Translations.
Maddie (She, Her, Hers, Herself) is a third-year student majoring in Political Science. Her hometown is Vicksburg, MI. The main social justice movement that she has been a part of is the Black Lives Matter movement. Ending violence and improving the treatment that she and fellow members of the black community face have been her main focus. Equal treatment and a safe environment for students of color on campus have been a major focus of hers since starting as a freshman at U of M. The song that she would sing at karaoke night is Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.
Heritage Month Graduate Student Program Coordinator
Nida Syed (she/her/hers) is a first-year Master of Public Policy student at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Nida is originally from Buffalo, NY and graduated from the University at Buffalo with a degree in Biomedical Sciences. Nida is passionate about furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion in community engagement and outreach efforts within higher education and urban planning. In her free time, she enjoys karaoke, cooking, travel, learning the Urdu & Korean language, crosswords, and acrylic painting.
Betsaida (she/her/hers) is from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is a sophomore majoring in political science with the goal to become a lawyer and serve low-income communities of color with quality service. Her long-term goal is to be part of the government as a senator or such and be a voice for the underprivileged, pursuing social justice at a wider scale. At karaoke night, she would sing All of the Lights by Kanye.
Thomas Vance is a junior double-majoring in Political Science and African American Studies. He hails from College Park, Georgia on the Old National Hwy side. When not at MESA, you can find Thomas facilitating Black Student Union meetings or debating about international space cooperation for UM Debate. Thomas is an avid Call of Duty: Modern Warfare fan, makes a mean batch of Crock-Pot ribs, and enjoys blasting Future in bass-boosted headphones. After undergrad, Thomas plans to pursue a J.D.