Nadine Jawad

University of Michigan

Nadine Jawad, a junior at the University of Michigan, exemplifies a purposeful involvement toward creating change, in both her academic and co-curricular endeavors. She is passionate about addressing inequities that systematically marginalize women of disadvantaged backgrounds. Nadine is studying Public Policy with a concentration in women's health policy, and has served student government as representative, senior policy adviser, and currently a candidate for vice president of the student body. She is involved in campus and community initiatives related to affordable housing, combating Islamophobia, and addressing barriers to academic success that students from disadvantaged backgrounds often face. Nadine is the founder of a nonprofit called Books for a Benefit, and works as a chemistry tutor with first-generation students. Nadine serves on the advisory board of the University of Michigan's Ginsberg Center; she and her family partnered with them this year to initiate the Jawad Family Scholarship, which is awarded to a first-generation student who exemplifies leadership in social change work. Finally, Nadine works as a research assistant studying HPV and Head and Neck Cancer. She plans to pursue an M.D./M.P.H., and aspires to work in reproductive health advocacy for marginalized women.

Mark Schlissel
University of Michigan

Personal Statement

My leadership and interests have inevitably been influenced by the issues that are integral to my upbringing. As a first generation college student, a Muslim, and the daughter of an immigrant, my everyday experiences have shown me how aspects of society can cause inequities in the lives of individuals. One of the most defining experiences of my upbringing was when my mom had a stillbirth. The health complications were rooted in the systemic disenfranchisement women of color face as a consequence of unjust social norms and policies. This understanding has been a catalyst in my pursuit to address inequities in society through work in social justice. As one of the few Muslim students in University of Michigan's Central Student Government, I have leveraged my connections to strengthen protections for marginalized communities on campus. Furthermore, through the nonprofit I co-founded, Books for a Benefit, I have begun to address fundamental barriers that deter students from disadvantaged backgrounds from pursuing higher education. On campus, I am active in numerous other social justice efforts including the Islamophobia Working Group and the Ginsberg Center's Student Advisory Board. I am also passionate about my lab work that focuses on HPV and Head and Neck cancer.

Nadine Jawad
Public Policy / Women's Health Policy: Class of May, 2018
written 2017

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Erica Cherian, UNC Charlotte Morgan Sweere, University of Central Arkansas Andrew Aboujaoude, University of Central Florida Jaylon Thomas, University of Central Oklahoma Akshayaa Chittibabu, University of Connecticut Marie Spence, University of Denver Nicolette Duong, University of Florida Bobbie Alcanzo, University of Great Falls Eisha Khan, University of Houston-Downtown Alexis Smyser, University of Illinois at Chicago Rudy Amaya, University of La Verne Duane Belanger, University of Maine at Fort Kent Karla Casique, University of Maryland Axel Bayingana, University of Maryland Eastern Shore Sophia Lopresti, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Andrew King, University of Massachusetts Boston Callie Nunez, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Luiza Kinzerska-Martinez, University of Miami Nadine Jawad, University of Michigan Zachary Hayes, University of Michigan - Flint Gemechu Mekonnen, University of Minnesota Madison Bick, University of Missouri - St. Louis Isabel Langlois, University of Montana Shayla McGregor, University of Montana Western Sophie Ramsey, University of Mount Union Jimmy Nguyen, University of Nebraska at Omaha Shannon Bodeau, University of North Carolina Asheville Cristian Ramos, University of North Georgia Karina Judith Ortega, University of North Texas at Dallas Melanie Majeed, University of Northern Iowa Sarah Tomas Morgan, University of Notre Dame Anea Moore, University of Pennsylvania Hashaam Jamil, University of Pittsburgh Wila Matos, University of Rhode Island Edgar Chavarria, University of San Diego Emery Smith, University of South Carolina Isaac Miles, University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) Corinne Tucker, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Richard Lee, University of Utah Rena Newman, University of Wisconsin - Madison Bianca Ruffolo, University of Wisconsin - Parkside Joanna (Jo) Niswonger, University of Wisconsin Colleges Yessenia Santamaria, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
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