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What Are We?

“A Zine About Students as Partners” is a participatory project extending beyond the classroom to showcase the collaborative work of students, faculty, and staff at the University of Michigan-Dearborn through the biannual publication of a zine. The zine is a collaborative endeavor, run by and featuring the content of students, faculty, and staff in academic and other creative mediums. The zine promotes the “students as partners” philosophy among our campus community, highlights the impressive collaborations and partnerships that already exist on our campus, and encourages students, faculty, and staff to experiment with new and innovative models in teaching, learning, and the production of knowledge.

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Meet the Z-Board Team!

Dr. Maya Barak

Faculty zBoard Member

I’m an Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice and affiliate of Women’s and Gender Studies and Arab American Studies at UM-Dearborn. When I’m not teaching or writing about matters of crime and justice through a critical lens, I love finding connections between crime, law, and pop culture. My vision of students, faculty, and staff as partners is aimed at fostering agency, collaboration, and empowerment. You can learn more about me here!

Harleen Gill

Student Co-Editor-In-Chief

Hi everyone! I am currently an undergraduate student pursuing a BS in Computer Engineering. I love exploring and being creative, especially with art. Some of my hobbies include reading, dance, and traveling. I love listening to music and watching movies, especially mystery ones. I am also a part of the supplemental instruction program on campus as well as the Society of Women Engineers and I am so excited to be working on the Zine!

Samuel Bellaire

Student zBoard Member

I am currently a graduate student in the College of Engineering and Computer Science pursuing my Ph.D. in electrical, electronics, and computer engineering. I think that the philosophy of encouraging student-faculty partnerships is essential! Not only is conducting research with faculty outside of the classroom a great learning experience for many students, but they can also bring many new and innovative research ideas to the table.

Autumm Caines

Staff zBoard Member

Hi there! I’m Autumm Caines, an Instructional Designer at the Hub for Teaching and Learning Resources here at the University of Michigan-Dearborn where I also teach occasionally. Working alongside faculty and students to analyze and design courses and modes of instruction, two things seem evident to me: one of the best ways for students to learn something is to teach it to someone else, and the best teachers learn from their students everyday. If you would like to check out my work, I try to curate and communicate the highlights at

Dr. Mike MacDonald

Faculty zBoard Member

My first paper in grad school was a rhetorical analysis of punk zines, and I’ve always been enamored by DIY punk projects (even if my own writing has taken more traditional forms), so it goes without saying that I am elated to be on the board of this zine! For my teaching and research interests, you can go here.

Heba Sayed

Student zBoard Member

Hello everyone! I’m an undergraduate student working towards a BS in Software Engineering, with a keen focus on web/app development and UI/UX design. Outside of academics, I find joy in activities like drawing, painting, designing, and video editing. I am beyond excited to contribute to this zine as a board member!

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Vaishali Prayag

Student zBoard Member

Hi everyone! I am an undergraduate student doing a degree in Mathematics and Journalism, with a minor in Computer Science. As a Writing Center consultant, I have been in contact with writing for quite a while and as an avid lover of numbers as well, I look forward to being on the Zine as a board member!

Isaac Coenca

Student zBoard Member

Hello! I am an undergraduate student pursuing a BA in Communications and Art History. Art is a passion of mine and I love creating with friends. I have self-published four zines around traditionally marginalized artists and platforming our work through my projects Ur Internet Friends and the Diasporic Artists Foundation. I’m looking forward to being on the Zine as a board member and serving as Art Director.

Former Z-Board Members

Zenon Sommers

Christopher Thomas