Mentor Bios

Abdulla Jastaniah

  • Year: 3rd year
  • Major/Concentration: Biology (Pre-med)
  • Involvements: Middle Eastern Leadership Council representative, Musicians on Call
  • Middle Eastern Background: Half Saudi Arabian, half Palestinian
  • Hometown: Northern Virginia
  • Interests: Guitar, writing, making great puns, food, travelling, stories

 

Adrianna Taweel

  • Year: 3rd year
  • Major/Concentration: Middle Eastern Studies (Pre-med), Bioethics minor
  • Involvements: Middle Eastern Leadership Council president, Orthodox Christian Fellowship
  • Middle Eastern Background: Palestinian
  • Interests: Netflix, jamming to my iPod, running

 

Ali Amirghassemi

  • Year: 4th year
  • Major/Concentration: Global Development
  • Middle Eastern Background: Iran
  • Interests: Discussing history and politics, listening to underground rap and hip-hop, model railroading, hat collecting

 

 

Anousheh Bakhti-Suroosh

  • Year: 3rd year
  • Major/Concentration: Cognitive Neuroscience, Philosophy, Religious Studies minor
  • Involvements: Donate Life club, Society for Cognitive Science
  • Middle Eastern Background: Half Iranian
  • Interests: Music festivals, Netflix, road trips

 

 

Bayan Mahgoub

  • Year: 3rd year
  • Major/Concentration: Biochemistry
  • Involvements: Archery club, UNICEF
  • Middle Eastern Background: Born in Saudi Arabia, originally Sudanese
  • Interests: Watching and playing sports, Netflix

 

Kareema Nahavandi

  • Year: 3rd year
  • Major/Concentration: Biomedical Engineering
  • Involvements: Intramural soccer
  • Middle Eastern Background: Half Lebanese, half Egyptian
  • Hometown: Northern Virginia

 

 

Maha Hassan

  • Year: 4th year
  • Major/Concentration: Global Public Health, French minor
  • Involvements: Arab Student Organization, Alternative Spring Break, Global Development Organization
  • Middle Eastern Background: Sudan
  • Hometown: Northern Virginia
  • Interests: Traveling, running, music, food

 

 

Nik Padmanabhan

  • Year: 3rd year
  • Major/Concentration: Biomedical Engineering
  • Involvements: Club Tennis team, Virginia Alpine Ski and Snowboard Team, UVA Wind Ensemble
  • Middle Eastern Background: Half-Lebanese
  • Hometown: McLean, Virginia
  • Interests: Soccer, Intramural sports, music, travelling

 

Omar Yousef

  • Year: 4th year
  • Major/Concentration: Economics, Foreign Affairs
  • Involvements: Students for Peace, Justice in Palestine
  • Middle Eastern Background: Palestinian
  • Interests: Playing sports, watching cool documentaries

 

 

Paige Sullivan

  • Year: 4th year
  • Major/Concentration: Leadership and Public Policy
  • Involvements: Persian Cultural Society, Global Student Council
  • Hometown: Fall River, Massachusetts

 

 


Philip SabaPhilip

  • Year: 3rd year
  • Major/Concentration: Economics (Pre-med)
  • Involvements: Student Entrepreneurs for Economic Development, Lebanese Club, SOCA coaching, Greek life, Virginia Alpine Ski and Snowboard Team
  • Middle Eastern Background: Syrian, Lebanese
  • Hometown: McLean, Virginia
  • Interests: Traveling, soccer, watching sports, piano

 

 

Saba Chinian

  • Year: 4th year
  • Major/Concentration: Public Policy
  • Involvements: Persian Cultural Society, Jefferson Literary and Debating Society, The Declaration
  • Middle Eastern Background: Iran
  • Interests: Discussing and learning about Middle-Eastern culture

 

Spencer Mooney-Jones

  • Year: 3rd year
  • Major/Concentration: Economics
  • Involvements: Virginia Alpine Ski and Snowboard Team, Stock Club, Sailing Club, Persian Cultural Society
  • Middle Eastern Background: Persian
  • Hometown: Falls Church, Virginia
  • Interests: Coffee, dumplings and bagels, music (The Kinks), old books

 

Tara Shafiei

  • Year: 4th year
  • Major/Concentration: Public Policy, Spanish, Women and Gender Studies minor
  • Involvements: Persian Cultural Society, University Salsa Club, Peer Health Educators, Outdoor Rec Club
  • Middle Eastern Background: Iran
  • Hometown: Northern Virginia
  • Interests: Rugs, Persian cats, kabobs

 

Mentor Bios 2013-2014
Mentor Bios 2012-2013