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Resident Advisors

  • Are third- and fourth-year HSSP members
  • Provide direct mentorship to all hall students, particularly assigned Peer Advisors
  • Help promote a warm, welcoming, and safe substance-free floor community
  • Help plan community-building events that expand learning beyond the classroom
  • Serve as students' first resource for Housing-related issues or concerns
  • Lead at least one of the following Programming Areas:
    • Community Service
    • Health & Wellness
    • Social Identities and Awareness (SIA)
    • Leadership and Development
    • Alumni & Outreach
    • Community Building

'16-'17 Resident Advisors

A group of 3 juniors and 3 seniors who have been members of the HSSP community since their freshman year, and will be returning to the community in Fall 2016 as RAs.

Ben Li

Major: Senior studying Neuroscience

Hometown: Rochester, MI

Hobbies: I love playing tennis and hit the courts whenever I can! Aside from that, I'm a big fan of running, football, and reading. On campus, I enjoy working with research and development teams, through which I get to explore my interests in computer science and healthcare.

Favorite thing about HSSP: My favorite part of HSSP is the support it offers to students who are exploring their professional and personal futures. One key way HSSP facilitates this is through its mentorship model. From personal experience, I have benefited from the tight-knit camaraderie between first-year students, peer advisors, resident advisors, and professional staff. HSSP students are often so happy to return to the program to give back to the incoming class of students, remembering how they felt only a year or few years before. Additionally, HSSP creates organic opportunities for students to connect with mentors within and beyond the greater University of Michigan community.

Olive Floto

Major: I'm a Senior studying Spanish and Biomolecular Science.

Hometown: Byron, MI

Hobbies: Research, running, yoga, and HSSP!

Favorite aspect of HSSP: My favorite thing about HSSP is the collaborative, supportive atmosphere. I'm a pre-med student, and it is so nice to live within and contribute to a community that feels like a family.  

Jacob Anderson

Major: Cell and Molecular Biology (Class of 2017)

Hometown: BelieveLand (Cleveland, OH)

Hobbies: I like to do anything and everything active, and love to read.

Favorite thing about HSSP: The open door policy always made it fun to come back to the dorms after a hard day of studying or work.

Neel Swamy

Major: Biopsychology, Cognition & Neuroscience, with a Minor in Gender & Health

Hometown: Shelton, Connecticut

Hobbies: I enjoy reading, writing, improving my physical wellness at the CCRB and spending time with others! I am also a lover of "Law & Order: SVU," "Scandal" and all Disney/Pixar films.

Favorite thing about HSSP: The people I have met and connected with as a result of my participation in the Health Sciences Scholars Program have changed my life in a way I could have never imagined. Living in a space where we can appreciate each other's backgrounds and unique experiences, while simultaneously working towards a common goal of educating ourselves about the health sciences, is an opportunity that I can never take for granted. I look forward to working with the HSSP community for another year and doing what I can to foster success in each and every one of you! Gratitude is a powerful emotion and I am brimming with it each day in HSSP.

Yadonay Engeda

Major: Biopsychology, Cognition & Neuroscience; German

Hometown: East Lansing, MI

Hobbies: I love working with kids so I’m involved with after school programs in the Ypsilanti area. I spend a lot of my free time watching Ethiopian movies because it reminds me of the place that I was born and grew up in. You may even catch me with two screens open on my laptop when I should really be studying.

Favorite thing about HSSP: I love seeing all of us finding a small community on this big campus. My HSSP family has helped find a home on campus who have been there for me for the good and bad times. Whether it is to find someone to help me with assignments, go to the dining hall or watch the Bachelor, I know I can always count on my HSSP family.

Elizabeth Cowdin

Major: Junior studying Neuroscience & Spanish

Hometown: I hail from the town of the peach festival (Romeo, Michigan)

Hobbies: When not in Couzens, I enjoy visiing coffee shops (and of course drinking a lot of coffee), going to the VA Hospital to play bingo with the veterans, and hanging out with my brothers on campus. I also like hammocking, playing the piano, singing along to "Hamilton," and watching "Good Will Hunting"over and over on Netflix. :)

Favorite thing about HSSP: HSSP has given me the space to make incredible and lifelong friends, the opportunity to connect with professionals and students who are like-minded, and the confidence and support to pursue my dreams. I cannot imagine college without HSSP and I am thoroughly honored to be a resident advisor in such an amazing, supportive, and welcoming community.