Representation has the ability to make everyone believe that there’s space for all of us. Sarah, a wheelchair-mobile student, knows how important it is to cut through the noise for what you want — even if that means you have to do it a little differently. In fact, Nassar’s super power is her strength and perseverance. As a freshman, she joined Student Government and has climbed the ranks ever since. Now, in her senior year, Nassar serves as president of Student Government. In her presidency, she’s brought congressmen and representatives to campus for Constitution Day and even negotiated to bring a highly requested beverage machine to the CASL Building — a coffee maker. These initiatives, among other accomplishments demonstrate her commitment to advocating for the needs of others — all while inspiring us to be just who who we are.
Sarah, in her own words
On a memorable experience she’s had on campus. “One of my favorite events that I held was Constitution Day because I brought in a lot of congressmen and representatives to our school and was able to help them communicate with the students, so the [representatives] could hear from the students about what they wanted on campus.”
On her involvement off campus. “Last year, I went to the presidential leadership summit. The conference was for student-body presidents and vice presidents across the state to network and learn more about our role and what we have to do as presidents. When I was there I was really interested in it and I wondered how people got involved and were able to help and this year they asked me if I wanted to be a part of it. I then went through an application process and got accepted. As a part of the committee, I'm in charge of completing recruitment and curriculum for the conference.”
On why she’s a Difference Maker. “I think I'm a UM-Dearborn Difference Maker because of my involvement on campus and my efforts to create an inclusive community. Because as a student leader with different abilities, I try to inspire people not to give up. What makes us different is what truly allows us to make a difference on campus and in the community.”
On what’s next. “My lifelong goal and dream career is to become an attorney and it’s not just to be a lawyer, it's to be an international lawyer. [I want] to start a nonprofit organization that works on making third-world countries accessible for all people because I visited the Middle East and a couple European countries a few years ago and I found that a lot of disabled people are kept inside and that there are places that are inaccessible, such as having no elevators. I feel like as an attorney, I can create a non-profit that can make a difference for them.”