Assyrian Student Association of Los Angeles


Assyrian Student Association of Los Angeles

AAASC is pleased to announce the launch of the Assyrian Student Association of Los Angeles (ASA-LA). It is open to all young people from high school age onward, with the mission of empowering our young people and building a sense of community among the younger generation through a wide variety of programs & initiatives.

To learn more about the exciting events happening, please contact chair Mary Isaac at or follow ASA-LA on Facebook and on Instagram at @asa_la_

ASA-LA – Chair

Mary Issac – Chair

My name is Mary Isaac and I’m a senior at UCLA studying International Development with an emphasis in political economics! I plan on going to graduate school to get my Masters and Ph.D in International Relations and Public Policy to help rebuild better political institutions in the Middle East. I have been involved with AAASC for almost a year, and want to continue to help out our community by empowering our youth through education.


I want to provide our own people the same tools and resources that helped me get into college and navigate my four years in undergrad. Additionally, I hope to create a close-knit community amongst our youth through the different events we will put on with the Assyrian Student Association!

ASA-LA – Vice Chair

Danita Baghdasarin – Vice Chair

My name is Danita Baghdasarin and I am an alumna of and graduate student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

I have a BS in Aerospace Engineering, MS in Engineering Management, and I am working toward an MS in Aeronautical Science. I currently work in Boeing’s Maintenance Engineering department, but hope to transition from commercial aviation to commercial space transportation.




I’m new to Southern California and new to AAASC. I am excited to meet other first-generation college students (and anyone who is on the fence about higher education) and provide them resources to help them achieve their educational and professional goals!

ASA-LA – Board Member

Elya Assourian – Board

My name is Elya Assourian. I’m originally from Turlock where I received my bachelor’s degree in Physics from CSU Stanislaus and I moved down to Orange County to receive my master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from CSU Fullerton.

I’m joining the Assyrian student outreach program because I believe it’s important in establishing a well known presence in the Southern California region.

ASA-LA – Board Member

Deeana Betsamo – Board

I’m Deeana Betsamo, a junior at CSUN studying Communications.

After I graduate from CSUN, I plan on going to graduate school and getting a Masters Degree in Communications in order to better equip myself for a career in public relations.

I’m looking forward to being a part of this association and seeing all of the great things that come from it.

ASA-LA – Board Member

Bretiel Danipour – Board

My name is Bretiel Danipour and I’m currently a studentat UCLA studying Business/Economics with a minor in global studies. I plan on continuing my education after my bachelors degree in order to receive my masters in business administration. I hope to bring new and creative ideas to the student association that can help benefit students in their future endeavors.

ASA-LA – Board

Jacob Mansour – Board

Hi, my name is Jacob Mansour, and I am a 16-year-old high school student. I go to Oaks Christian High, where I play football. Academics come first, but I love music, and I have a deep interest in the entertainment business as a whole. I plan on going to college, but I am still undecided as to where. I am the youngest one on the board, but I think that is a good thing.

I am here because I believe the mentality young Assyrians today have about their culture is something that needs changing. As a kid, I always despised Assyrian events, and I want to help change that for teens with that same thought process. I also want to bring the Assyrians of tomorrow together, because if Assyrian culture is to survive and thrive, we need to bring our youth together, and make them proud of who they are.

Assyrian Student Association of Los Angeles Events:

Morning Runyon Hike:

ASA-LA organized a morning hike at Runyon Canyon on March 11, 2017.

Networking Mixer:

Assyrian Student Association – Los Angeles held its first event of 2017 – a networking mixer at Public School in Sherman Oaks.

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