Historic win at Eastern Michigan University: Hamzah Dajani becomes first international student body president, joined by Jack Booth as vice president

Hamzah Dajani being sworn in as student body president by Leigh Greden.
Hamzah Dajani, right, is sworn in as student body president by Leigh Greden, left.

YPSILANTI — Eastern Michigan University students recently elected student body president Hamzah Dajani and vice president Jack Booth for the 2024-25 academic year. Dajani and Booth were officially inducted on Monday, April 29. Their terms started Wednesday, May 1.

Dajani, a senior double majoring in finance and accounting, secured the presidency, marking a significant milestone as the first international student to hold this position at EMU. Dajani, who is from Jordan, has been extensively involved in various student government roles since freshman year, which underscored his readiness for this leadership role.

“My decision to run for president was not simply the next step in my journey; it stemmed from a profound sense of connection and commitment to our campus community,” said Dajani. “I personally eat at the dining halls, live on campus, and use most of what EMU has to offer, so I felt it was my calling to lead at EMU.” 

Jack Booth, right, is inducted as student body vice president by Leigh Greden.

Teaming up with Dajani was Jack Booth, a junior majoring in management with a minor in Spanish. Booth's dedication to student advocacy and community service made him an ideal choice for the vice-presidential role.

“Jack Booth served alongside me in student government and as a committee member,” said Dajani. It is difficult to dismiss his enthusiasm and commitment to EMU. Jack is also very disciplined and personable, so choosing to run alongside him was easy. We will do great things for EMU.”

“I’ve always advocated for the greater good of EMU, and I love to serve and work towards the betterment of our community,” said Booth. “I leaped at the opportunity to serve on a greater level and represent EMU to the Ypsi community and beyond.” 

The duo stood out because of their shared goals, which included improving the student experience and on-campus culture, fostering alumni relations, and providing resources to enhance student organizations’ programming.  

Despite being halfway across the globe in the Sahara Desert for a study abroad program, Booth received the news of their victory with joy and gratitude.

 “I hope to achieve a lot in my year as vice president, but some of my immediate goals are to be available and accessible to the student body, which means attending as many different events and organizations as I can to see how I can best serve, and what needs I can fill,” said Booth. “I also plan to work with dining on creating more options for students in the markets that are meal-swipe-friendly, as well as assisting the president in his work with alumni partnerships and more. I look forward to serving and connecting with our student body next school year.”

“I am greatly honored about my appointment,” said Dajani. “Eastern Michigan has been instrumental in enabling me to achieve some of my greatest dreams, and I am eager to repay the institution that I feel I owe so much to. I am also truly grateful to the student body who have entrusted me with this great responsibility. I promise to serve with great integrity.”


About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 13,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and its graduate school. National publications regularly recognize EMU for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. Visit the University’s rankings and points of pride websites to learn more. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website. To stay up to date on University news, activities and announcements, visit EMU Today.

May 08, 2024

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