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Kelsea Anderson, School of Medicine

“Wayne State values diverse experiences, and that’s important to me.”

Kelsea traded in a flourishing marketing career to follow a passion for helping people. From Leamington, Ontario, she crosses the border every day to pursue her M.D. at Wayne State University. When she’s not raising spirits at Children’s Hospital of Michigan with the Music in Medicine group, she serves as president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s WSU chapter, a member of the School of Medicine’s Continuous Program Improvement Committee, and a mentor to the Class of 2019.

Keiara Bell, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

“My goal has always been to change the world — one person at a time.”

Growing up on Detroit’s west side, Keiara has walked in picket lines, organized neighborhood patrols and championed positive change in her community. At Wayne State, she’s been a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America, Pre-Law Student Association and Comerica Scholars. She is currently the director of community affairs for the Student Senate. Keiara is pursuing a master’s in urban planning with a concentration in housing and urban development, which she’ll use to help bring Detroit’s revitalization into the neighborhoods. 

Abbass Berjaoui, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

"Everyone should be able to live a healthy life, and I want to help ensure that."

A refugee of the 2006 Lebanon War, Abbass is channeling his difficult experiences to address health disparities in Detroit. Abbass founded MedEq: Medical Equity at Wayne State, a nonprofit student organization focused on reducing health disparities and promoting equity in the health care system. After graduation, he plans to establish free clinics throughout Detroit.

Andrew Camilleri, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

"I chose to study environmental science to understand the influence of humans on the earth’s ecosystems."

His research has taken him from collecting invasive species in the murky waters of the Clinton River to analyzing the DNA of E.coli in Lake St. Clair. His most recent endeavor found him knee-deep in the frigid Rouge River searching for stoneflies with the nonprofit organization Friends of the Rouge. For Andrew, this extracurricular research is a chance to make a bigger impact on the environment — specifically, the world’s waterways.

Dazmonique Carr, College of Education

“Wayne State feels like home. This environment has changed me in the best possible way.”  Dazmonique “Daz” Carr came to WSU from Lawnside, New Jersey, to join the track and field program’s first official class. She's a volunteer coordinator for NutriWayne, a student ambassador, a volunteer at Detroit Children’s Center and a dedicated contributor to the College of Education’s community outreach initiatives. This all-region student athlete’s next step is to graduate and qualify for the 2020 Olympic trials. After that, she plans to build a career teaching inner-city youth how to lead healthy lives.

Jannel Lee-Allen, graduate, School of Medicine

"I came to Wayne State to meet the needs of the urban underserved."

Jannel is following a master’s in urban planning with a medical degree because of her passion for people and science. In the classroom, this Wayne State University Board of Governors and Wayne County Medical Society scholar is developing the skills to serve her community. Outside, she assists students and Detroit residents through various student associations, scholarship boards and service organizations. And she accomplishes all this while being a devoted wife and mother.

Joshua Rivers, School of Medicine

"I'm at Wayne State because this is where I can do the most good."

This first-generation college student has turned a passion for helping others into a promising medical career. While serving his peers as president of the Black Medical Association, a member of the Post-Baccalaureate Program Steering Committee and a representative on the Diversity Advisory Council, he also gives back to his community by volunteering with several organizations. Joshua will spend the next year in the National Institutes of Health’s prestigious Medical Research Scholars Program. 

Ariana Shane, School of Medicine student

“Wayne State gave me the chance to truly serve my community.” 

Ariana was born and raised in Detroit. After graduating from the University of Michigan, she worked as a medical scribe at Troy Beaumont Hospital and developed a passion for emergency medicine. Ariana volunteers at health fairs coordinated by DMC Sinai-Grace, the hospital she was born in. She’s also co-president of LGBT People in Medicine, co-coordinator of the Warrior M.D. Ambassadors and a volunteer with the Code Blue Organization. After graduation, she hopes to become a U.S. Army physician to honor her late grandfather.

Eryka Symington, Law School student

“I realized you can use the law to help people during a difficult time. I knew Wayne Law would help me reach my goals.”

When Eryka’s father passed away in 2013, she had to manage his estate on her own and decided to help others facing the same challenges. Through the Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic, she helps low-income patients with insurance, housing, life planning, public benefits and more. Eryka plans to build a career in legal advocacy, helping people plan for the unexpected and make life easier for their loved ones.