THE DREAM TEAM
Meet the small but strong team that is behind all the amazing and exciting initiatives of the organization! With team members in the medical profession to the tech industry, we all share a passion for advocating for disabilities and giving back to our community and hometown.
Jawad is a first-year resident physician at Michigan Medicine. Recognizing a gap in disability advocacy within his community, Jawad utilized his prior experiences to co-found DREAM. Being an active member of DREAM has been pivotal; it has allowed him to expand his impact, understanding of, and involvement with the population of disabled youth in his community while doubling as a springboard to further connect with his patients with disabilities.
In his free time, Jawad is an avid astrophotographer and recreational soccer player.
Nesreen is a first-year medical student at the American University of the Caribbean. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Behavioral and Biological Science and is passionate about Neurology and neurological diseases. Nesreen served as the Clinical Coordinator at CASSIST Free Family Health Clinic. She managed many mobile health clinics for underserved community members at schools, mosques, and community centers. Growing up with a passion for community service, Nesreen was able to contribute her video editing skills to edit podcasts and trailers for DREAM.
Ahmad Taleb is an electrical engineer at DTE Energy. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Passionate about community service, Ahmad has been an active member of organizations focused on empowering youth, dedicating his time to making a positive impact. When not working or volunteering, Ahmad unwinds with a good book, expanding his knowledge and fostering personal growth.
Ali is a first-year medical student at the University of Michigan with a deep-rooted passion for disability advocacy. This journey began in his undergraduate years when he noticed a lack of support for people with disabilities in his community. In addition to co-founding DREAM, he is a host on the group’s podcast "Discovering Disabilities in Dearborn," which aims to shed light on often-overlooked issues within the disability sphere.
Outside of academics, Ali is an avid chess player and gamer.
Mustapha is a second-year medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School. His passion for disability advocacy stems from his commitment to serving marginalized communities. Combining his interest in research with community enrichment, DREAM is an ideal platform for this synergy. Co-founding DREAM has been a rewarding experience, allowing him to build stronger relationships across his community and beyond. Working to foster inclusivity and opportunities for all is a cornerstone of his career goals.
Mohamad is a second-year medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School. He received his undergraduate degree in Biomolecular Science. After college, he worked as a behavioral therapist with children with autism and served with City Year Detroit to support students from under-resourced schools. Throughout these experiences, Mohamad has been one of the founding members of DREAM, helping it to reach its current impact. As a medical student and future physician, he hopes to incorporate his prior experiences to provide holistic and compassionate care to his patients.
Fatima currently works as a software engineer at Meta. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. She has a longstanding passion for giving back to her community, evidenced by her involvement in several novel initiatives across the greater Detroit area. Her experiences culminated in the co-creation of DREAM. She finds it rewarding to use her time in service of others and collaborate with similarly passionate individuals, as it not only helps those in need but also provides a sense of community to rely on.
Rachad is a first-year medical student at Michigan State University who received his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. He had the privilege of working with individuals with disabilities while growing up, teaching him the importance of advocating for marginalized populations. He is now honored to have an even greater impact on these populations through DREAM. Through his work in the community, Rachad hopes to serve the underprivileged and bring greater awareness to disabilities in the field of medicine.
Rawan is a licensed School Social Worker who graduated from the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Rawan currently works as a Special Education Social Worker at Northville Public Schools. She has experience at the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) as a school-based clinical intern, where she worked with children and adolescents of varying ages, abilities, and backgrounds. At DREAM, Rawan functions as the Social Media Coordinator, creating educational posts and maintaining the group’s Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok pages.