Meet the Mayors

Corry Village: Hanane Sanchez (Email:

Hanane Sanchez is a third-year undergraduate student in the College of Liberal Arts and is working towards earning her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Hanane was born in Morocco and moved to the US after living a short period in Spain. She has resided with her family in Corry Village since 2013 and is an active member of the community. During her residence at Corry Village, she has enjoyed the many events that the community has to offer and believes it is important to continue to promote community involvement among graduate and family housing residents. As acting mayor, she plans on nurturing good communication among residents and building a stronger relationship with the residents in Corry Village.

Tanglewood Village:  Eleni Dilma (Email:

My name is Eleni Dilma and I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Statistics. I am from Greece where I got my Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematical and Physical Sciences from the National Technical University of Athens. I live in Tanglewood since August 2017 and I am really excited about being a part of this great community. In my free time I love to take care of my plants and watch them growing from a tiny seed to full-grown plants! My goal as the new mayor is to get the neighbors to know each other and create a multi-cultural, friendly, warm and welcoming environment where we can all enjoy all the benefits of leaving in Tanglewood village and make our graduate life unforgettable!

Diamond Village: Biswadeep Dhar (Email:

Biswadeep Dhar is a Ph.D. Student in Youth Development at UF / IFAS and working on socio-behavioral health disparities. He had his Bachelors and Masters degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Calcutta, India. He also had another Masters degree in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Florida and then worked for three plus years as a Lab Manager / Biological Scientist at UF College of Medicine & College of Pharmacy. He also had an opportunity to serve as an Adjunct faculty at Santa Fe College for a few months and then he got accepted into the Ph.D. program and working for his terminal degree. Biswadeep is enthusiastic, friendly and a very social person and he always enjoys working with people from various countries.

He is excited after he got elected as the Mayor of Diamond Village at University of Florida Housing & Residence Education. Although Biswadeep is in Gainesville for the last six and half years he is new to the Diamond Village, but he had already experienced some wonderful memories with his wife by associating themselves in the community programs and events. His goal is to maintain healthy relationships among people in the community so that everyone can care and support each other in their needs. He hopes that everyone has a wonderful graduate life here in Gainesville, which he personally considers as his second home away from his home in India.

Maguire: Hithaishi Hewageegana (Email:

Hello Gators, I am Hithaishi. I did my B.Sc. in Engineering from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and my Masters from Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in Engineering at the University of Florida. I joined UF in spring 2018 and has been a resident of Maguire village since then. I enjoy living in this wonderful and vibrant campus. Graduate family housing is specially delightful as I can make friends from different parts of the world where I can exchange ideas and share our cultures. I am grateful to be the mayor of the Maguire village, to do my part to for the “Gator Nation” .Go Gators !

University Village South: Afsheen Sadaf (Email:

Afsheen Sadaf is a 3rd year PhD student (Urban & Regional Planning) at Design, Construction & Planning, University of Florida. She has a bachelor’s degree in architecture, master’s in urban & Regional Planning Architecture from NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi, Pakistan. She has been working as an Architect/Consultant for various projects, Planning Researcher for UN Habitat/other projects, and lecturer in NED University where she taught Architectural Design Studio, Building Construction & Materials Studio and Advance Technologies in Architectural Practice. She has been involved in various community development work including building of schools in villages and designing interior of a cancer hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. She received merit scholarship from Overseas Pakistani Education Foundation London in 2002 and merit certificate for the B Arch thesis in 2005. Her research interests include Planning in developing world, Health Impacts of Built Environment, Urban Management, Sustainable Urbanization and GIS. After successful completion of her PhD she would like to remain in academia and carry out research in her areas of interest.