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Student Advisory Board

Fostering Connection and Community

Drexel University's College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisory Board

The College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisory Board (SAB) is a community of motivated undergraduate students who serve as liaisons between the student body and the College administration. Representing all majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, SAB members share their Drexel experiences with prospective students, assist with marketing and communication efforts, advocate for student interests and provide valuable feedback on College initiatives.

Connect with us

Current and prospective students are encouraged to reach out to the SAB members below — ask questions or share feedback by emailing any member directly.

Meet Your Board Members, 2022-2023

Drexel Student Kayla Alford Kayla Alford,
BA Communication ’24


My top cause? I really care about access to quality education. College does not just provide you with information to be successful in a specific field. It also allows you to expand your worldview and connect with people or communities you might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience.

Meet Kayla

Tamir Gorham Tamir Gorham,
BA Philosophy, Politics, & Economics ’25


My top cause? My top cause is definitely inequality in the educational system. “Education is the key to success” but only to the rich in America that can afford to send their children to the best schools with the best teachers and the best resources. Growing up in the Philadelphia public school system showed me first-hand how big the disparity is - even just 40 minutes outside of the city.

Meet Tamir

Drexel Student Soukayna Mardas Soukayna Mardas,
BS Physics ’23


My top cause? I am very interested in tax reform, since its effects can be spread across a variety of fields. I think a lack of knowledge of tax law, paired with the high consequences of making mistakes is often very scary and a clearer and more equitable Tax Code is necessary.

Meet Soukayna

Rida Memon, BA Global Studies '24, Drexel University Rida Memon,
BA Global Studies ’24


My top cause? Helping vulnerable populations in the community, including refugees and asylum seekers, victims of global poverty, and victims of gender-based violence. My most recent co-op was at HIAS PA, a nonprofit organization where I helped refugees and asylum seekers apply for green cards, travel documents, and public benefits like food stamps and medical assistance. This was a very rewarding experience because I got to see how my work relieves them of some of the challenges that come with suddenly moving and adjusting to a new country.

Meet Rida

Drexel Student Uswa Mutaal Uswa Mutaal,
BS Political Science ’23


My top cause? I’m really passionate about gender equality, women’s rights in the workplace, reproductive liberties, political representation and related issues.

Meet Uswa

Photo Unavailable Icon Haneen Mutan,
BA Sociology ’24


My top cause? I ultimately want to be an educator. My favorite movie is Freedom Writers and I believe a teacher is an educator, so part of the reason I want to be a teacher is to help create an impact.

Meet Haneen

Photo Unavailable Icon Sanjana Oak,
BS Psychology ’24


My top cause? I’m passionate about inclusion and diversity, especially in social media, television, and film. I think accurate representation of diverse groups of people is important, can affect people’s sense of self —self-esteem, ethnic pride, etc.— and the way people develop.

Meet Sanjana

Disha Patel Disha Patel,
BS Chemistry, Minor in Biology and Epidemiology, ’24


My top cause? It would be increasing the opportunities available for women to succeed within the STEM fields. From my co-op experiences, I have seen that many big companies still have a male dominance, especially in leadership and management roles. We have a long way to go and need to keep supporting women, especially women of color and women who belong to minority groups.

Meet Disha

Drexel Student Carlie Relyea Carlie Relyea,
BS Biology ’23


My top cause? Something I’m extremely passionate about is voter engagement and rights. Last year, a large portion of my work on the Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) was about getting students out to vote!

Meet Carlie

Photo Unavailable Icon Mia Rheineck,
BA English, Global Studies ’25


My top cause? Something I really care about is young women being able to see themselves in positions of power regardless of their chosen field. It is so important to have someone to look up to who can show what is possible.

Meet Mia

Favour Ujoatuonu is an undergraduate environmental science student in Drexel University's Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science (BEES). Favour Ujoatuonu,
BS Environmental Science, Minor Environmental Studies ’25


My top cause? Right now, my top cause is solving how to implement the research that has been done on renewable energy at a faster rate. With most of the effort in this area being related to research, I feel like the best thing is to start using the different energies to expedite real-world results. Not just in an experimental format, but to implement renewable energy systems that can be sustained over the long term.

Meet Favour

Drexel Student Jade Umstead Jade Umstead,
BS Criminology and Justice Studies ’23


My top cause? I really enjoy expressing social commentary through film, but I also like finding crime patterns through the digital landscape. My dream jobs would be documentary filmmaker or digital forensics expert.

Meet Jade

Past Members

The Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences is grateful for the stellar contributions made by past members of the Student Advisory Board and for their collective legacy of excellence. Thank you!

Class of 2022

Class of 2021

Class of 2020