Student speaker Kiristen Hubbard
Kiristen Hubbard graduated in the fall of 2020 with a bachelor of science in psychology and double minors in criminal justice and sociology from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Irvin D. Reid Honors College.
Hubbard completed research as a McNair Scholar focusing on effective rehabilitation programming within correctional institutions and its impact on recidivism rates.
During her time at Wayne State, she was a member of the following organizations and committees: Community of Scholars, the African American Psychology Student Organization (AAPSO), Justice Society, Student Activities Funding Board (SAFB), Sociology Club, Criminal Justice Chairs Council and the Welcome Black Planning Committee; she was an outside student for the inaugural cohort of the National Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. Hubbard was also one of the student leaders chosen to study abroad in Israel and Palestinian territories, in an effort to learn more about the Israeli and Palestinian conflict.
Hubbard is passionate about working with marginalized populations. She co-founded two community service initiatives, Kings and Queens Scholarship Ball and #ProjectFEM (Feminine Essential Materials). The initiatives provided minority high school and undergraduate students with scholarships for academic excellence and community involvement. #ProjectFEM educated high school students about period poverty and the pink tax, while collecting over $1,000 worth of feminine products for homeless women annually.
Hubbard will be attending the University of Denver this fall, pursuing her master of arts in forensic psychology. She is currently a detox counselor at Dawn Farm, a substance abuse treatment facility located in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. Hubbard plans to become a forensic psychologist for the FBI.
Student speaker Mary Yousif
Mary Yousif is a pre-medical student graduating with a bachelor of arts, with honors, in romance languages, Spanish, from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a co-major in university honors from the Irvin D. Reid Honors College.
Yousif grew up with a passion for learning and speaks five languages — English, Arabic, Aramaic (Chaldean), Spanish and Greek — with hopes to learn more in the future.
Yousif serves as the president of Wayne State's El Club Hispano and dedicates herself to educating its members and the campus community about the language, history, literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. In addition to her involvement with El Club Hispano, she is a peer mentor for the Spanish learning community at Wayne State, where she strives to encourage students to continue their learning of a foreign language.
From serving on the Club Hispano board to peer mentoring, Mary furthers her dedication to the community by volunteering with La Casa Guadalupana, a family literacy program in southwest Detroit. There, she tutors school-aged children in subjects like math, reading, writing and science.
Student speaker Raisa Zahir
Raisa Zahir is graduating with a bachelor of science in nutrition and food science, with university and departmental honors, from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Irvin D. Reid Honors College. She is also a 2017 Wayne Med-Direct Scholar.
Throughout her time at Wayne State, she has developed a passion for giving back to her community through volunteering in the NICU of the Children's Hospital of Michigan and being a peer mentor for the Honors Living Learning community.
Zahir also founded Haashi Makeup, an organization that aims to provide free cleft lip and palate surgeries to children in Bangladesh.
Zahir will be attending Wayne State University's School of Medicine, where she currently plans to become an obstetrician-gynecologist and advocate against disparities in immigrant health care.