Leen Almahdi is a third year student pursuing a degree in dietetics and food administration with a nutrition and dietetics concentration. Leen was born and raised in Los Angeles to Syrian immigrant parents and attended Palisades Charter High School. In her last years there, Leen became heavily involved in student organizations due to the hostile environment she experienced fueled by the political climate at the time. Almahdi went on to become president and founder of the Muslim Student Association at her high school and served as the vice president and founder of the environmental healing club. She has always believed that through community building, student organizing, and solidarity efforts, bigotry and hate towards members of underrepresented communities can be eradicated.
This background and philosophy led Leen to get involved in cultural organizations and student government early on in her college career. She wanted to ensure that the voices of her community and people of color all around were acknowledged and heard. As a freshman, Leen was elected as the senator for the College of Health and Human Services and was reelected the following year, all while serving as the vice president for CSULB’s Muslim Student Association.
Since her adolescence, it has been Leen’s goal to attend California State University, Long Beach and get accepted into the nutrition and dietetics program. With the degree, Leen hopes to become a registered dietician and work at the community level to help treat and bring awareness to eating disorders, especially for marginalized communities, where mental health issues are rarely given direct attention and are often stigmatized.
Leen ran to be the 2018-2019 ASI Vice President with the goal of creating transparency within the university and advocating alongside, and on behalf of people of disempowered communities. Vice President Almahdi encourages students to reach out to her if they have any concerns at Leen.Almahdi@csulb.edu.
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