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Student speaker Rachel Zelenak

Rachel Zelenak

Rachel Zelenak is graduating from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a bachelor of arts in the honors psychology program. An exemplary student, she received the Department of Psychology's Distinguished Achievement Award in 2018. She has also received research grants through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) and Psi Chi to pursue her research endeavors at Wayne State.

Zelenak also had the privilege of being involved in several research labs and traveled to present research to the College on Problems of Drug Dependence and the International Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco. This year, she had the unique opportunity to present growing research on religious betrayal trauma theory at the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.

During her time at Wayne State, Zelenak volunteered as a Psychology Academic Support Services (PASS) peer mentor. She is passionate about encouraging other students to achieve their full potential through empathy and community support. Zelenak is also passionate about interfaith studies and, in 2019, she received a scholarship to present on the concept of inter-religious dialogue to United Nations representatives in the Philippines.