CEHHS' Hajer Alchalabi receives Chancellor's Medallion Award

April 24, 2020

She is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Services with a concentration in Pre-Health, with high distinction.

Hajer Alchalabi is one of the six Spring Class of 2020 graduates who were honored with the Chancellor's Medallion award. Honorees are selected by faculty based on their academic record, quality of character, vitality, intellect and integrity.

Hajer earned the Honors Scholar award for Health and Human Services, has been awarded University Honors three times, and has been on the Dean’s list for seven terms. She is also the recipient of several scholarships, including the Opportunity Scholarship, Kochoff Pathway to Success, Impact Wolverine, Student Accounting Board, Michigan Competitive Scholarship and the Maize Scholarship. She has also earned the Emerging Leader Award as well as the Leadership Synergy Award.

Hajer is a founding member of the Iraqi American Union (IAU). As event coordinator for IAU, she has helped Iraqi students find their voice and planned events like a fashion show and an art expo. She is also working as part of a team within IAU to establish a $25,000 endowment on campus to start a scholarship for underserved students.

Hajer is president of the Public Health Society (PHS). Within PHS she has helped organize a mental health panel, led an initiative to put female hygiene items in university bathrooms, and planned a women's health and education panel. During her final semester as president, she secured a grant from ACCESS to help the group work on research for minorities for the All of Us project.

After graduation, Alchalabi plans to pursue a Physician's Assistant master’s degree. She wants to continue being a voice for the weak and vulnerable and to break the harmful stigmas that are apparent in the medical field. From her personal experiences, she knows how it feels to not be able to stand up for yourself. She plans to make sure that she stands up for every single one of her patients and uses the tools she learns from PA school to make a difference.

The College of Education, Health, and Human Services is very proud of Hajer's accomplishments and we are sure that her professional career will be a bright one.

Together with Hajer, five more graduates received the Chancellor's Medallion recognition as well:

  • Lena Juratli, College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters
  • Ellie White, College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters
  • Danyaal Pandit, College of Business
  • Bryan Brauchler, College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Michael Ustes, College of Engineering and Computer Science
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