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2023-2024 Dean's Student Advisory Council

We in the Dean’s Office are always seeking to improve how we implement American University’s educational and social mission. With that in mind, we want to make sure we have a mechanism in the College of Arts and Sciences to address issues that are relevant to undergraduate students, whether issues are of an academic, social, community, or ethical nature. More specifically, the purpose of the Dean’s Student Advisory Council is to

  • Identify issues of concern by reaching out to a wide range of undergraduate students and bringing those concerns to our meetings
  • Keep the Dean's Office in touch with student concerns and needs
  • Provide critical feedback on CAS plans
  • Be a communication liaison between CAS and the student body

Applications open early in the fall semester.
Current Members

Anya Adjroud

I am majoring in Biology on the pre-med track. I’m originally from Southern California. On campus, I am involved in the College of Arts and Sciences Leadership and Ethical Development Program (CAS LEAD) and the Muslim Student Association. Off campus, I am involved in volunteer work and research. If you have questions about anything or just want to chat, feel free to reach out:

Hamid Alakbarli

Hamid Alakbarli, a sophomore student from the city of Baku, Azerbaijan, is majoring in the Computer Science program at CAS. As an international student, his strong interest in Information Technology is evident in all his academic activities. Hamid is actively involved in research, studies, and participates in various clubs at AU. Feel free to reach out to him at

Abigail Altemose

Abigail Altemose (she/her) is a senior Musical Theatre and Film & Media Arts double major. She is so excited to be a part of the dean's student advisory council to improve communication and collaboration between the DPA and Film program within SOC. Please reach out to her at 

Iffah Baig

Iffah Baig is a freshman from the DMV area studying Public Health (BS) on the Pre-Med track. Her interests include volunteering in her community, meeting new people, and traveling! As a member of the student council, Iffah hopes to provide resources for scholarships and focus on financial aid accessibility while helping connect commuter students like herself to the campus and student body. As a Muslim Indian-American Women, she hopes to encourage inclusivity and provide a safe space for minority voices on campus and within CAS. Iffah is also a part of impactful clubs on campus like AUSJP, AUMSA, Daysforgirls, AUPHA, Muslim Women in Medicine and more! 

Cooper Denison

My name is Cooper Denison. I’m planning to major in both Political Science at SPA and Music at CAS. Although my love for music goes back far longer, I’ve been playing trombone for almost 11 years now–professionally for the last 4–and I can’t wait to work for, fight for, and represent the arts during my time on the Dean’s Council. Feel free to contact me at if you have any questions or concerns!

Collin Coil

Collin Coil is a senior from Franklin, Tennessee, studying pure mathematics and data science. He is a varsity rower on the AU Rowing Team, and he is a research fellow at the AU Center for Data Science. Collin currently serves as chair of the SAC, and he is excited to work to improve resources available to all members of CAS.

Madelyn DeVaga

John Dye

Hi my name is John Dye and I'm a Data Science and Economics major in the College of Arts and Sciences. I am interested in tech ethics and how advanced machine learning affects the economy. Currently, I am working with the American Mathematical Society to lobby Congress for increased funding for STEM education and the National Science Foundation. On the Dean's Student Advisory Council, I represent veterans, transfer students, and gender-nonconforming people, so please reach out to me at with any concerns.

Basel El-Shrafi

Hello! My name is Basel El-Shrafi and I’m a senior pursuing a BA in Psychology. I am originally from Boston, Massachusetts and as a transfer student, I have been able to call AU my home for the last two years. Apart from my academics, I am a paraprofessional aide for autistic students, and I work at Cornell University as the administrative assistant for their D.C. branch. I am thrilled to be a part of the CAS Dean’s Advisory Council, granting me the privilege to play a role in strengthening American’s academic community as a whole.

Gelila Ermias

Annabelle Evans

Charlotte Foege

Charlotte is a senior Biology Honors major and Women and Gender Studies minor. She is currently working in a research lab within the Biology Department performing genetics research. She also works as a peer tutor for biology and chemistry students during science hours. After graduating, she intends on pursuing a Master's in Genetic Counseling. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing tennis, eating good food, and finding new music.

Deirdre Grubb

Grace Hillmer

Grace (They/She) is a second year Honors in Biology student on track to graduate early in Spring of 2025. Career wise, they hope to go into the field of Genetic Counseling (with a specialization in the discipline of Hematology/Oncology) and have been working with a counselor since March of 2023. Outside of the classroom, she currently volunteers with the Trevor Project as a counselor, assists at The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservational Biology Institute as a Migratory Bird Center Intern, and works as a Peer Tutor at AU during Science Hours. In the future, they will also begin work in Dr. Izumi's HIV research lab on campus. By being on the SAC, they hope to represent the LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent communities at AU in addition to Biology Majors who are not on the Pre-Med Track. You can contact her at

Kimiya Jazayeri

Alexandra Kallaher

Katrina Klopcic

My name is Katrina and I am a freshman majoring in German and communications. I am a part of the pep band and I am very excited to be working with the Dean’s Student Advisory Council!

Ya-Hsi Lin

Hello everyone, my name is Ya-Hsi, Lin, but you can call me Phoebe. I’m from Taiwan. I’m a sophomore at AU majoring in data science. Currently, I participated in the Taiwanese Student Association and AU Project Pengyou. Outside of school I’m also a member of the The Federation of Taiwanese Student Association in Washington DC. I hope that I can help with the concerns that international students have and act as the bridge between the Asian students and the Dean’s Student Advisory Council! Feel free to email me:

Olivia Mills

Charlotte is a senior Biology Honors major and Women and Gender Studies minor. She is currently working in a research lab within the Biology Department performing genetics research. She also works as a peer tutor for biology and chemistry students during science hours. After graduating, she intends on pursuing a Master's in Genetic Counseling. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing tennis, eating good food, and finding new music.

Dayannara Medina-Nunez

Oona Moorhead

Oona Moorhead is a senior from Croton on Hudson, New York. She’s currently a senior, and will graduate in May of 2024 with her BS in Public Health. She plans to attend graduate school for her MPH in the fall. She’s currently a pathways trainee at the National Institutes of Health and a member of the CAS council.

Natasha Sussman Moss

Natasha Sussman Moss

Gracina Ogebe

Hello, I’m Gracina. I was born and raised in northern Virginia. I’m a freshman majoring in sociology and doing pre-law. In my free time I love listening to music. I have played the viola for 9 years, and I studied Japanese for 4 years. In my free time I enjoy baking and watching documentaries about race and law. 

Maneli Paknejad

Maneli is a second-year student majoring in neuroscience. She is on the pre-medical track and aspires to attend medical school. She’s an AU club tennis board member and plays for the women’s competitive team. Maneli works in Dr.Stoodley’s lab investigating the neural basis of autism. As a member of the dean’s student advisory council Maneli’s goal is to assist in bridging the gap between STEM students and the administration.

Tara Parsa

Marilyn Quacoe-Dameshie

My name is Marilyn Quacoe-Dameshie and I am a senior studying Biology with a minor in Public Health on the premed track. #FutureMD

Outside of academics, I love cooking, dancing and playing tennis. I also serve as the President of The Women’s Network and the Underrepresented Students in STEM here at AU. I am incredibly excited for the opportunity to serve on the Deans Student Advisory Council and hope to be a voice for all but mostly a voice for Black Women in the STEM field. We all have great ambition and I want to be able to provide resources, advice, support and guidance as well as serve a liaison between the Dean and the students to help achieve the goals we have set for ourselves. I am always just an email away -!

Carlye Raabe

My name is Carlye Raabe, I am a freshman and my intended majors are Psychology and Education with a minor in Economics. My goal is to work for Child Protective Services and hopefully open my own practice. One of my goals as a member of Student Advisory Council is to advocate for neurodivergent students within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Lucille Rieke

Lucille Rieke (she/her) is a sophomore originally from San Francisco double majoring in Theatre Performance and Public Relations & Strategic Communicatons double major. At American she is most often seen in the Department of Performing Arts' mainstage shows, mostly recently as Alex/Eve in Daughters of Leda. Additionally, she serves on the Artistic Committe through the Theatre department, collaborating with faculty to select shows for the upcoming season. Outside of classes and rehearsals she is a Teaching Artist through The Keegan Theatre where she teaches theatre classes at local elementary schools. After she graduates Lucille aspires to continue performing, educating, and communicating through the arts. Through her position on the Dean's Council, Lucille hopes to bring issues from the arts community to light and strive for greater arts representation on campus. Feel free to contact her with any questions or concerns:

Abigail Rogers

Heather Roselle 

Heather is in the Honors College and majoring in American Studies. She is a first-generation college student who is passionate about making sure students from economically and educationally diverse backgrounds feel represented in the College of Arts and Sciences. In her time at AU, she hopes to study the effects of economic segregation in the contemporary American higher education system. She looks forward to representing you.

Amelia Rowniewski


Isabela Sasson


Yasemin Sayar

Hi everyone! My name is Yasemin Sayar and I'm from Istanbul, Turkey. I am a freshman at AU and I'm majoring in Sociology. Outside of my academic life, I enjoy making collages, and reading! On campus apart from SAC I am also involved in the AU Diplomats. I hope to be the voice of the international community here at AU through my work within the SAC

Grace Stevens


Cooper Unkle


Jesus Zorrilla