Thank you for your interest in the RAISE Mentorship Program! Our 9 volunteer mentors are excited to connect with a group of mentees this Fall 2021 term.

On this page, you can learn more about our mentors and what support they can provide by clicking on their individual photos. If you want to sign up to participate, please fill out the intake form.

Meet your mentors

Sebastian Sukhai

Sebastian Sukhai
(He/Him)

Email: 

Hayat Abdurhim

Hayat Abdurhim
(She/Her)

Email: 

Linda Di

Linda Di
(She/Her)

Email: ydi@uwaterloo.ca

Mentor profiles

Fiqir Worku

Pronouns: She/Her

UW Email: fmworku@uwaterloo.ca

Year & Term:  Alumni Health Studies, Philosophy minor

Clubs & Services:

  • UWBASE
  • RAISE
  • UWASA
  • Health Students Association

What type of help can you provide?

  • Post-grad advice, Networking, Co-op advice, Health faculty work
  • Helping students work through imposter syndrome and finding your career/academic path

Favourite Quote: “You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time” - Angela Davis.

How do you like to spend your free time? What is "free time"?

Ladees Al Hafi

Pronouns: She/Her

UW Email: laalhafi@uwaterloo.ca

Year & Term:  4A Biomedical Sciences

Clubs & Services:

  • HOSA VP

  • Thrive Ambassador

  • Orientation Leader

What type of help can you provide?

  • Program or course-specific advice 

  • How to get involved in research, clubs and more 

  • Residence advice 

  • How to build strong networks 

  • Applying to a certain professional or graduate program 

  • General life advice :) 

Favourite Quote: “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing” -Walt Disney 

How do you like to spend your free time? I enjoy spending my free time by working out, watching a good show, listening to music or podcasts and spending time with friends and family. 

Ahlam Ibrahim

Pronouns: She/Her

UW Email: a76ibrah@uwaterloo.ca

Year & Term:  4A Legal Studies and Political Science Minor

Clubs & Services:

  • World University Service of Canada (WUSC) 

  • International and Canadian Student Network (ICSN) 

  • Imprint Photographer and Graphic Designer 

What type of help can you provide?

  • Time management techniques 

  • Resume critiques 

  • Post-graduation advice 

  • Studying for LSAT advice 

  • Law School application advice 

  • OSAP and Student Awards 

  • Program specific advice 

  • EDGE program advice 

  • Getting involved in on campus, etc. 

Favourite Quote: “You always have a choice” – Harvey Specter 

How do you like to spend your free time? Hanging out with friends and building my photography skills 

Simrit Dhillon

Pronouns: She/Her

UW Email: s46dhill@uwaterloo.ca

Year & Term:  4B Joint Public Health & Psychology major, co-op; Aging Studies option 

Clubs & Services:

  • Current positions
    • Career Leader for CCA starting Sept 2021, Part-time PD1 Teaching Assistant starting Sept 2021, Foundational Training Program Facilitator since May 2021, Tutor through Tutor Connect since Sept 2020)
  • Previous positions
    • Peer Health Educator from Jan 2021 to Aug 2021, Women’s Centre Volunteer from Jan 2021 to Apr 2021, Assistant Note-taker for Accessibility Services from May 2019 to Aug 2019, VP Internal for UW CAGH from Sept 2018 to Dec 2018, Treasurer for Habitat for Humanity from Sept 2017 to Dec 2018, HR Officer for Youth Horizon from Sept 2017 to Dec 2017, UW Believe 4 Kids from Sept 2017 to Dec 2017, UW Best Buddies from Sept 2017 to Dec 2017

What type of help can you provide?

  • Program-specific advice; getting involved on campus; the co-op process; information on any positions/roles/groups above; resume critiques; etc. 

Favourite Quote: “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it always our self we find in the sea.” (E. E. Cummings) 

How do you like to spend your free time: Bingeing Netflix, writing, reading, painting, drawing

Sebastian Sukhai

Pronouns: He/Him

UW Email: 

Year & Term:  2B Geography and Environmental Management, Earth Science Minor

Clubs & Services:

  • WAGS

What type of help can you provide?

The type of help I can offer is help with improving or building time management, organization and collaboration skills, as well as, assist them with improving their resumes, and assisting in job hunting and interview preparation. Also, I can offer them information about their faculty, programs, anything about environmental science or studies, aviation inquiries, etc. I can also help in guiding them in taking the correct courses for their career choice past undergraduate.

Favourite Quote: “Do or do not, there is no try” -Yoda 

How do you like to spend your free time? 

  • Read, study and or learn anything about aviation or anything about the aviation industry or any about meteorology
  • Watch tv 
  • Play video games

Hayat Abdurhim

Pronouns: She/Her

UW Email: 

Year & Term:  4A Public Health, Gender and Social Justice Minor, Aging Studies option

Clubs & Services:

  • RAISE
  • Women's Centre

What type of help can you provide?

Time management techniques, program-specific advice; getting involved on campus; the co-op process; information on any positions/roles/groups above

Favourite Quote: Radical simply means ‘grasping things at the root.’ - Angela Davis 

How do you like to spend your free time? 

  • Spending time with my plants, reading, going for walks, listening to music, spending time with friends and family  

Akanksha Krishnan

Pronouns: She/Her

UW Email: a47krish@uwaterloo.ca

Year & Term:  5A Health Studies, Gerontology minor

Clubs & Services:

  • RAISE
  • MEDLIFE
  • Residence Council
  • SPHHS Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Task Force

What type of help can you provide?

Navigating university, getting involved on and off campus, co-op process, anything related to health studies, planning for grad school, managing first year, information related to healthcare field, resume help 

Favourite Quote: 

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it” – Charles R. Swindoll 

How do you like to spend your free time? Reading, exercise, cooking, watching sports 

Linda Di

Pronouns: She/Her

UW Email: ydi@uwaterloo.ca

Year & Term:  4A Honors math-statistic major, with a plan of second/joint psychology major. 

Clubs & Services:

  • Women's Centre (Past)
  • Craft4Charity (Past)
  • RAISE

What type of help can you provide?

  • Advice/help in any courses I took, mostly math major courses/psychology courses. 

  • Help with school academic policy in math/arts program (e.g. adding/dropping courses, program change, petition, exam deferral, cheating allegations or anything else related to academic policy) 

  • Finding campus support resources (e.g., accessibility, health or mental health services) 

  • Mental health support 

  • General peer support 

  • Time and stress management. 

  • Finding resources in general 

  • If needed, cat management. 

Favourite Quote: I think, therefore I am - Rene Descartes. 

How do you like to spend your free time? Reading or playing with my cats.

Kritika Gaba

Pronouns: She/Her

UW Email: kgaba@uwaterloo.ca

Year & Term:  3A, Honors arts majoring in Psychology and minoring in Human resources 

Clubs/Services you are currently a part of or have been in the past: I am currently a part of Enactus club. I was a part of raise mentorship in the previous semester as well 

What type of help can you provide to your mentee(s)? 

Any information regarding Psychology courses or future studies, resume critiques, Art and painting, getting involved in campus, how to make excellent notes, time management techniques. 

Favorite quote: ‘Believe you can, and you’re half way there.’ 

How do you like to spend your free time? 

I love to spend my free time painting or going for a long walk.