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Zana Alattar is an undergraduate, pre-medical student at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University (ASU) pursuing concurrent bachelors degrees in Justice Studies, BS and Biochemistry, BS with a minor in Biological Sciences. Zana is a Syrian American who was raised in the suburbs of Chicago and spent her summers in her parent’s home city: Homs, Syria.
In August 2012, Zana Alattar founded Save Our Syrian Freedom (SOS Freedom), a student club at ASU dedicated to raising awareness of the Syrian Revolution and providing humanitarian relief. As president, Zana worked with numerous non profit organizations and various other civil society networks inside Syria and the United States. She has traveled to Turkey and northern Syria twice on humanitarian aid trips and has participated in the Syrian American Medical Society’s Psychosocial Program and Medical Mission at the 2014 International Conference. Her commitment to action was featured in the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative University. In September 2014, Zana used her experience with SOS Freedom as the foundation for Students Organize for Syria (SOS) and is now the Student Director of SOS.
Omar Bailony is a third-year law student at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Omar was born in San Diego, California, to Syrian parents. He received his BA in political science, cum laude, from the University of California San Diego. Throughout his undergraduate years, Omar worked extensively as a youth mentor at his local community center. Over the past couple of years he has worked on advocacy projects involving the current crisis in Syria. At Berkeley Law, Omar has taken part in the California Asylum Representation Clinic and is the current editor-in-chief of the Berkeley Journal for Middle Eastern and Islamic Law.
Nada Hashem is a second year master’s student in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Health Informatics at Boston University. In 2011, she received her B.S. from the University of California Riverside (UCR) in Computer Information Systems. During her undergraduate studies, Ms. Hashem served among the leadership of the Muslim Student Association (MSA), was heavily active with Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), and helped lead an initiative for the foundation of the Middle Eastern Student Center at UCR.
Nada’s passion and determination for freedom, justice, and human rights (liberties that should know no borders) led to her continued activism during the rise of the Arab Spring. Over the past four years, she has served as a leader in many community organizations dedicated to the ideals of the Syrian Revolution. Nada served as secretary and executive board member at the Syrian American Council, and currently serves as Creative Ambassador of Karam Foundation, co-organizer of the #100000Names, How many more? campaign, and Operations Manager at SOS
Originally from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Dina Jaber grew up in the heat of Arizona with her parents and two brothers. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona in 2014. She plans to pursue a career in medicine as a Pediatrician. Dina’s passion for serving others has been apparent in the many organizations she has worked with. She spent much of her college career in the National Society of Collegiate scholars as the PACE Officer encouraging local youth to aspire for higher education. With the spread of the Arab Spring, Dina became interested in human rights and has been an avid Syrian activist. She is proud to be a Syrian American.
Kenan Rahmani is a Syrian American political and human rights activist, currently pursuing a JD/MA in International Law and Foreign Policy from American University in Washington, DC. Kenan currently serves on the National Board of the Syrian American Council, the largest grassroots organization of Syrian-Americans, and has served in different positions at different Syrian organizations in the past four years. His parents are from Damascus and he visited Syria regularly during the summers while growing up in Indiana. Kenan works with many civil society groups inside Syria and makes regular trips to Turkey and inside Northern Syria to help deliver humanitarian assistance. He has been interviewed by Aljazeera, CNN, Fox News, BBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other media outlets for commentary on Syria.
Sarah Yazji is a premedical student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology as well as Anthropology in Yale University’s Class of 2016. Sarah is active in the leadership and efforts of her campus’ Yale Refugee Project (YRP), Muslim Students Association (MSA), and Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). Sarah has helped organize local and national relief efforts and fundraising campaigns for Syria, and she has traveled to Syria’s northern borders along Turkey as well as the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan in an effort to provide assistance and relief.