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Meet the Dean of Students Diversity Advisory Board 2018-2019

ZainHey! I'm Zain Farooqui, and am part of the class of 2020. I'm majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. I am involved all around our campus. I am a senator for the Student Government Association and am the Secretary for the Muslim Students' Association.

I am also one of the first Diversity Peer Mentors, something that the DOS DAB helped create last year. Joining the DOS DAB wasn't really something I planned for, but I am glad that I did. I am looking forward to helping make a profound change for students of color, students that are differently-abled, students of various faiths, and students of various orientations and to make all students feel accepted as they are.


SerenaHello! I'm Serena Payne, I'm a sophomore Psychology major and LGBT minor. My main goal here at Hofstra and the diversity board is to help improve the life standards of all students, specifically LGBT students, Trans and Gender Non-conforming students, and low-income students on campus. I also work to improve the standards for mental health services to help our student body. I wish to continue working on activism after I graduate, and bring forth a new way of social change and progress for America.


MaryamHello! My name is Maryam Qureshi. I am part of the class of 2019 studying LEAP: Political Science and Public Policy/ Public Service with minors in Philosophy of Law and Arabic Language. I am currently a fellow for the Center of "Race", Culture, and Social Justice and I am the President of the Muslim Students Association. I joined the Dean of Students Diversity Advisory Board because I recognize that addressing diversity concerns is a value-added initiative at Hofstra University. As a student activist on the DOS DAB, I have learned that there are so many complexities and nuances to ensure diversity success. The DOS DAB has provided me a supportive network of mentors and peers who are willing to hear my voice and to bring about a real impact in their surrounding. I believe that the unique representation in the DOS DAB will serve to create action plans to promote inclusivity and diverse involvement on campus. Moreover, the DOS DAB can frequently collaborate with the organizations represented in the board to host events for the Hofstra community.


GenesisHello! My name is Genesis Rivera. I am part of the class of 2019 studying Sociology and Political Science. I am currently involved in the Black Student Union and HOLA (Hofstra's Organization for Latin Americans), and Sp!t (Spoken Word Influencing Thought) here at Hofstra and hold leadership positions, including Community Service Chair of the NAACP and Vice President of Hofstra's Mock Trial Team. I joined the Dean of Students Diversity Advisory Board because I am passionate about equality and making change where change is needed. This diverse group of students is uniquely positioned to be a relatable point of access between students and administration and incite real change on this campus. Ultimately, making Hofstra open and accepting to everyone is the goal of everyone in this group and I am so excited to be a part of that!


ManaHello! My name is Mana Tadbiri. I am a part of the class of 2019 majoring in Legal Studies in Business, while minoring in Political Science, and Management. I am currently involved in Student Government Association where I serve on the Club Relations and Student Services committees; Phi Alpha Delta International, the pre-law fraternity; Volunteer Pride Guide, and a part of the Up Close Program. In addition to being in various organizations, I work as a Resident Safety Representative with the Department of Public Safety, and have recently been hired as a Resident Assistant for Providence house in Colonial Square for the spring 2017 semester. The reason I joined the Dean of Students Diversity Advisory Board is because I wanted to ensure everyone on campus feels included and safe regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, or any other way that they define themselves. Through initiatives, outreach programs, and talkbacks I believe the DOS DAB at Hofstra can achieve our goals and make this campus feel like a truly diverse place that is open and accepting of all.


Diversity Advisory Board Alumni

  • Antonio

    Antonio Agcaoili, Class of 2018

  • Carrisa

    Carrisa Anderson, Class of 2017

  • Raven

    Raven Cordice, Class of 2018

  • Ashley

    Ashley Franks, Class of 2017

  • Sarah

    Sarah Harris, Class of 2017

  • Brianna

    Brianna Holcomb, Class of 2017

  • Ben

    Ben Martin, Class of 2019

  • Lola

    Lola Solis, Class of 2019