Message of Congratulations from Marsha
The 61 University of Maryland Senior Marshals this year — as in years past — represent graduating seniors who have demonstrated the highest levels of scholarship, service to the campus community, extracurricular involvement, and personal growth. Of course, this year has been like no other before it.
Together with Robert Infantino, associate dean of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences at UMD, I have had the privilege to serve alongside student Senior Marshals each year to usher in graduating Terps at main commencement ceremonies. That is, until COVID sidelined both the spring and winter tradition in 2020.
It’s been such an honor to serve alongside these student leaders in the past at this critical point in their journey. The pandemic put a stop to that, but thankfully, we can now say that was just temporary. I am so glad this graduating class will have a chance to experience in-person community again with their peers at this important milestone in their lives.
We congratulate the Class of 2021 for their achievement amid such unprecedented times, but also remember and recognize the Class of 2020 graduates just before them who did not have the same commencement opportunity as we now can, once again. We celebrate the achievement of graduation for all of these Terps!
Marsha Guenzler-Stevens, PhD '93
Director, Adele H. Stamp Student Union — Center for Campus Life
Division of Student Affairs
University of Maryland
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Philip Merrill College of Journalism
Alexandra is a graduating senior earning a degree in multi-platform journalism and anthropology. She led the TerpsVote Coalition through the 2020 presidential election as the group's Student Co-chair and also served as the Director of Civic Engagement for the Student Government Association for the 2020-2021 school year. As a journalism student, she volunteered for a variety of student publications and completed four off-campus internships.
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
School of Public Policy
Alysa was a member of the Mortar Board, Director of Academic Affairs for the Student Government Association, member of the Kappa Omega Alpha policy fraternity, sister of the Alpha Omicron Pi fraternity, member of the Media, Self and Society Scholars Program, head organizer of the COVID-19 Student Task Force, and co-organizer and founder of Black Terps Matter which is a coalition inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement that remains dedicated to dismantling systemic and institutionalized racism at the University of Maryland and beyond. Alysa is passionate about educational equity and restructuring the classroom to ensure that every student, especially students of color and students with disabilities, receives a high-quality education that is relevant, sustainable, supportive, engaging, inclusive, and prepares them to be life-long learners. She spent her time at the University of Maryland advocating for these communities and uplifting the student voice in the university's collective pursuit towards equity, anti-racism, and social justice. She was a research assistant at the College of Education for Project R.I.S.E and PEARL and plans to pursue her Masters in Education Policy and Leadership, where she will strive for education reform and contribute to building more effective and equitable educational systems.
Amina Symone Lampkin
Journalism and Information Science
Hailing from Connecticut, Amina Lampkin is a graduate of the journalism and information science programs. Amina focused her academic studies on highlighting the various disparities that exist through photography, writing, and data. In her free time, she participated in organizations like Black Honors Caucus, The Black Student Union, The Black Explosion Newspaper, Star Strutters, and more. She values all the different stories she's heard throughout her time here.
Amy Rose Petrocelli
Amy Petrocelli is graduating with a degree in Communication with a minor in Army Leadership Studies. As a member of Army ROTC, the Student Alumni Leadership Council, Images, Scholars, ODK, and more, she is committed to spreading Terrapin pride and making positive change. A native of Long Island, New York, she takes pizza and bagels very seriously. After graduation she will be moving to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri to begin her career as an active duty Army engineer officer.
Andrew Patrick String
Government and Politics, Economics
Andrew String is a self-starter. During his time on campus Andrew has equipped his community around him to push against status-quo. With his involvements ranging from the Alumni Association, Resident Life, college radio, to academia, Andrew continues to innovate fearlessly and excite people to be change-makers of their own. He believes in leaving an impact in every field and organization he is in, something that is evident from the extracurricular involvements at Maryland to now being a supervisor at one of the leading COVID-19 vaccine distribution sites in New Jersey. Looking forward to his career at L'Oréal, his goal is to empower others to find passions of their own while fearlessly innovating the world of beauty.
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Arielle Jackson is graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Law and Society. During her time at Maryland she was heavily involved in Ignite at Maryland, Delight Ministries, the Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program, and the University of Maryland Cheerleading team. By using her various internship, volunteer, and campus experiences, Arielle wants to continue being an advocate for change after graduation by addressing the inequities in our criminal justice system. She plans to work and take a gap year before attending law school to pursue criminal and civil rights law.
Public Policy and Communication
Atara is a Public Policy and Communication double major from Silver Spring, Maryland. She currently serves as the Speaker Pro-Tempore for the SGA and is one of the Off-Campus Neighboring Representatives. Outside of SGA, she serves on the Resident Board of the University Student Judiciary, the Undergraduate Student Representative for the ARHU Dean's Cabinet, as well as the Programming Chair for Terps for Israel. Aside from her involvement on campus, Atara is interested in social policy issues and hopes to pursue law school post-graduation.
English Language and Literature minor in Art History
Balbina Yang graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Art History with the Class of 2021 at the University of Maryland, College Park. Balbina is interested in the intersection of art and politics, specifically in regards to marginalized communities. Through her work at Stylus and her internships, she has advocated for the arts and hopes to continue to do so in her career. In her free time, she enjoys reading thrillers, drawing, and making (and eating) vegan desserts.
Brenee Nicole Butler
Major: studio art, minor: art history) a proud member of the Piscataway Conoy Tribe and a descendant of the Gullah/Geechee Nation who loves all forms of art. She is a member of the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society and the NSCS Honor Society. She serves as the Vice President of Recruitment for the Nu Zeta Chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc., Co-President of the American Indian Student Union, and Vice President of Public Relations for Sister 2 Sister. She hopes to become an illustrator and/or storyboard artist.
Government/Politics and Sociology
I'm a Government and Politics and Sociology double major who is attending law school in the fall after graduation. In my free time I can be found reading a book on the McKeldin Mall or hanging out with friends around campus and route 1. One of my favorite things to do is find a new restaurant and try something new.
Public Health Science
I am a member of the Maryland Women's Lacrosse team, which won the NCAA National Championship in 2019 and the Big Ten Conference Championship in 2018. I am a team representative for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and the Gossett Fellows Program. I am a member of the Phi Alpha Epsilon honorary society within the School of Public Health and the Sigma Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa. Following graduation, I plan to pursue a career in medicine.
Public Policy and American Studies
Chloe Dinman is a Senior Public Policy and American Studies double major at UMD. She currently co-runs the UMD Greek Alliance and serves as a legislative representative for the Student Government Association. She also works in the Orientation Office, previously as an Orientation Advisor and currently as a Program Registrar. She is also a member of ODK leadership society, AOII social sorority, and KOA public policy fraternity.
Chloe Sun Ober
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
College of Arts and Humanities
Chloe (she/her) is a senior from Baltimore, Maryland, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a minor in Professional Writing. While at the University of Maryland in the Honors College, Chloe served as a Supervisor for RecWell, a Project Leader for Public Health Beyond Borders, and in various positions for UMD's chapter of the professional co-ed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. In her free time, she enjoys working out and spending time with her new rescue dog. After graduation, she is thrilled to continue her professional and personal development as an Operations Analyst at Morgan Stanley.
Dan Alpert is graduating with a B.S. in Marketing and minors in Jewish Studies and International Development and Conflict Management. Originally from Potomac, Maryland, being a Terp has always been with Dan since a young age as his parents both attended the university. Throughout his time at the university, Dan has served a wide range of leadership roles in greek life, Jewish life, within the City of College Park, and currently as Student Body President. Dan has loved his time at the university and is excited to stay connected as an alum.
Biochemistry, Biology (PHNB)
David Rekhtman is a senior biochemistry and biology double major on the pre-med track. Throughout college, David has served as President of ODK, Speaker of the Student Government Legislature, Honors Ambassador, and a member of the University Student Judiciary. He has also conducted research and worked as a teaching assistant for English, Biology, and Chemistry courses.
David is a graduating senior with dual degrees in chemistry and economics. He has been an involved member of both the Gemstone and QUEST Honors Programs, and has conducted computational research in the Gutierrez Group. Outside the classroom, he has been active in campus life, particularly in the Student Government Association and Omicron Delta Kappa. He will pursue a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania and hopes to make a career as a researcher in drug development.
Operations Management and Business Analytics, Accounting
Desiree Morrison is a Philip Merrill Presidential Scholar, Dean's Leadership Award recipient, and Banneker/Key Scholar at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, pursuing a dual degree in Operations Management & Business Analytics and Accounting. During her time at Maryland, she has shown an extensive commitment to diversity and inclusion & community service through her roles in organizations such as the Terps Against Hunger, the Black Honors Caucus, and the Smith Diversity and Equity Council. After graduation, she will be working for the Boston Consulting Group in their Washington D.C. office.
Information Systems; Operations Management and Business Analytics (Double major)
Divya Kapoor (majors: senior Information Systems and Operations Management & Business Analytics) has enriched the University's campus culture as a Student Entertainment Events Director for the past three years. Since establishing UMD's annual drag show and coordinating over 100 campus events, Divya has mentored new members in Phi Chi Theta Professional Fraternity, served as the Gemstone Honors Program's Multimedia Director and Vice President of Engagement, and has been a proud member of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Society. She has been selected as a finalist for the Spirit of Maryland Award and the Adele H. Stamp Memorial Award. After graduation, she will lead at the intersection of technology and social impact as a data engineering consultant at Accenture Federal Services.
Government and Politics (BA/Master of Public Policy Program)
I am senior government and politics major in the BA/MPP, University Honors, and government honors programs. Over my time at UMD, I have served as President of the Residence Hall Association, a BSOS Senator in the University Senate Executive Committee, a Resident Assistant, a Student Advocate and intern in the Legal Aid Office, a staff member in Stamp Student Union, an Omicron Delta Kappa executive board member, and a teaching and research assistant in the GVPT department. I have interned with local nonprofits and held legislative and communications internships in Maryland's state government. I am passionate about law and criminal justice and hope to attend law school after completing my Master of Public Policy in May 2022!
Government and Politics
Erica Greenwald is graduating with a degree in Government and Politics with minors in Global Poverty and International Development and Conflict Management. She was twice a teaching assistant, served as a GVPT Ambassador, held several leadership positions in the University Student Judiciary, and currently works for the Office of Inspector General at USAID. As a Maryland Summer Scholar, Erica completed an Honors thesis on the deprioritization of gender and social protection within UN agencies. She hopes to continue researching and writing about the gender analysis of conflict, security, and disaster response.
Gisell Elena Ramirez
Spanish Language, Literatures and Culture & Criminology and Criminal Justice
Gisell is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish language, literatures, and culture and criminology and criminal justice. She is set to start her master’s degree in education this summer. Her future aspirations are to be a Spanish high school teacher and to combine her passion for social justice as part of her classroom curriculum. During her free time Gisell enjoys exploring new neighborhoods and learning about their history and the important community members who fought for social change.
Hunter Anderson Baxter
Hunter Baxter (major: Kinesiology) was a starter on the varsity wrestling team and a recipient of the Intercollegiate Athletic Award. He was also a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as well as a multiple semester Dean’s List student. Hunter was selected to be a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society and the Student Health Advisory Committee. He was also involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Hunter is one of the founders of the Pre-Health Terps organization and was selected as a Gossett Fellow. In July, he will begin the Master of Science of Physician Assistant program at Thiel College in Pennsylvania.
On campus, Isabella is a tutor for the Academic Achievement Programs and was a member of Club Soccer for three years. She has been inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa Sigma Circle, has served as Service Vice President of her service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, and is the campus leader for The Bandana Project which serves to spread mental health awareness and promote suicide prevention among college students. Off campus, Isabella works as a medical assistant at an urgent care and optometry office. She enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends, being active, and playing sports, especially soccer.
Jailyn M. Morris
I am from Bowie, Maryland and I am majoring in Kinesiology. I am the Vice President of Public Relations for the Senior Council. Following graduation, I will be attending graduate school to obtain a Master of Public Health with a concentration in physical activity.
Jessica Boyer is a senior Bioengineering major. She is an active Gemstone student and undergraduate researcher in the Environmental Engineering Labs. She is also a proud Terp Thon Planning Team member and involved in Clark School Ambassadors, Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Eta Mu Beta, and Alpha Omega Epsilon.
Joelle Everett is a senior, Information Science major who has been heavily involved on campus since her freshman year. From serving on the Black Student Union's executive board, being a member of the Design, Cultures, and Creativity Honors College, to now serving as President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and a member of the VP of Student Affair's Student Advisory Council, Joelle has been involved in a wide array of extracurriculars. Her passion for academics, social justice, as well as her love for technology, and creativity has led her to have a broad and impactful college experience.
Government/Politics & Public Policy
Jordyn Battle is a graduating senior with a double major in Government/Politics and Public Policy. Jordyn is passionate about criminal justice and education policy reform specifically in urban environments. Jordyn will be continuing these passions following the University of Maryland, by pursuing her master's degree in urban planning at New York University.
Psychology & Geographic Information Science
Julia is graduating from the College Park Honors Program, double majoring in psychology and geographical information science. Julia is a scholar-athlete on the University of Maryland Varsity Cross Country and Track & Field teams who has a passion for giving back to the community and empowering others to give back. Julia served as President and previously served as the Community Service Co-Executive on the Student Athletic Advisory Council and grew the Team IMPACT program which partners children with chronic illnesses to athletic teams as the Maryland Team IMPACT Fellow. Julia is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Academic All-Big Ten, Distinguished Deans List, a Gossett Fellow, a Philip Merrill Scholar, a Truman Finalist and was the recipient of the ICA Academic Achievement and Community Service Awards in 2019 and 2020.
My name is Karsten Dankyi, a senior Kinesiology major from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. I am a first-generation college student and participated in the Academic Achievement Program my freshman year of college. Since coming to the University of Maryland, I have joined the Diazporic Dance Team, African Student Association, and the African Students' Progressive Action Committee. I also worked in the Student Organization Resource Center in the STAMP and served as a Resident Assistant in La Plata Hall. After graduation, I plan to pursue my DPT with a focus on neurological studies.
Environmental Science and Policy
Katie Dorn is continuing her Terp family legacy as her mom, dad, brother and numerous other extended family members are UMD alums. Katie spent her time at UMD as the President of the Environmental Science and Policy Student Advisory Board, the sustainability chair for her sorority, a past member of the SGA sustainability committee and held research and internship positions at various organizations working on environmental issues. She is passionate about sustainability and researching climate change solutions and hopes to pursue a career at an environmental non-profit organization.
As the sister of an active UMD alumna, UMD was always a school that Katherine held in high esteem. At school, Katherine was actively involved in the Honors College as a peer mentor and was also a member of Delta Gamma Sorority. For Alternative Breaks and Alternative Weekends, Katherine co-led environmental stewardship experiences. Furthermore, she was a member of the Contemporary Arts Purchasing Program (CAPP) 2020-21 selection committee, which will go down as one of the highlights of her final year at UMD. She credits UMD for these enriching and enlightening experiences, amongst many others.
Kavya Kumaran is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society, a graduate of the CIVICUS Living and Learning Program, a former Innovo Consulting Scholar, a former Accounting Teaching Scholar, and a Dean's list student. She has also served as a volunteer for TerpTax and Terps for Change. She leaves a legacy of inclusive representation on campus, co-founding the South Asian Student Association (SASA) and serving as the President of Ascend, the Smith School's Pan-Asian business leaders club. Post-graduation, she will be working at Deloitte's Baltimore office in its Tax service line
Public Health Science
Kayla Foster (she/her) is a senior from Bowie, MD graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Science and a minor in Sustainability Studies. While at the University of Maryland, Kayla has been involved in a myriad of programs and organizations such as the Maryland Leadership Education and Development Program, the Petey Greene Program, the Gemstone Honors Program, University Recreation & Wellness, Omicron Delta Kappa, and the SPH UTEAM Program. Kayla seeks to apply her academic and extracurricular experiences to fighting for health equity and working with underrepresented communities to achieve health and wellness for all. After graduating Kayla plans to work in the public health sphere and later attend medical school to receive her MD and MPH to further support her goal of bringing healing and high quality care to underrepresented and minoritized communities.
Behavioral and Community Health
My name is Kelsie Challenger (she/her/hers), and I am a first generation immigrant from two West Indian islands called St.Kitts and Nevis. I am a senior, Community Health major on the pre-med track who is passionate about improving healthcare access and social determinants of health for many marginalized communities both locally and globally. While at UMD, I acted as a MPower/UM Scholar, Resident Assistant, Sierra Leone Project Leader within PHBB, Event Manager and VP of Outreach of Terps Against Hunger, Peer Health Educator and FIRE researcher. In the future, I hope to become a primary care physician and partner with patients to treat their physical ailments, but also advocate to improve the social conditions that are detrimental to healthy outcomes.
Cellular Biology and Genetics
Kyeisha Laurence is graduating with a Bachelors in Science in Cellular Biology & Genetics with a minor in French. Originally from Saint Martin, Kyeisha is a first-generation college student passionate about advocating for diversity and inclusion. During her time at UMD, Kyeisha served various leadership roles in the Charles R Drew Pre-Health Society, Gemstone Leadership Council, and tutor in the Academic Achievement Program. Following graduation, Kyeisha will be spending a year conducting research at the National Institute of Health before attending medical school. Her goal is to become a physician-scientist and advocate who dedicates her work to improving health care for low-income and minority communities.
Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics and French Minor
Lade Gbolade is a Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics major and French minor from Boston, MA. Throughout her time at UMD she has served as a BSCI 170 TA/ULA/GSS Leader, Orientation Advisor, Guided Study Sessions Lead Mentor, member of the Student Alumni Leadership Council, SGA's Deputy Commissioner of Election Education, and Senior Council's VP of Social Programming. After graduation, she will be pursuing a master's in Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio State University to continue making a positive impact on students in higher education.
Lancelot Lin is a broadcast journalism major and Asian American studies minor from Rockville, Maryland. He has spent his time at UMD pursuing his passion for creative technologies, getting involved with The Diamondback, Capital News Service and the School of Public Health, in addition to internships at CNN and The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). He hopes to work in multimedia production after graduating.
Lauren Sunyoung Cho
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; Chemistry
Lauren Cho is a first-generation college student pursuing a double degree in chemical & biomolecular engineering and chemistry. In addition, Lauren is part of the Gemstone Honors program, served as the President of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and served on the CMNS Diversity and Inclusion Council. Lauren is passionate about teaching and mentoring, as she has been a lab teaching assistant (TA) for organic chemistry, guided study sessions (GSS) leader for chemistry and biochemistry courses, and undergraduate teaching fellow (UTF) for chemical engineering courses. Next year, Lauren will be a chemistry PhD student at Northwestern University, closer to her aspirations to be a chemistry professor who will not only research, teach, and mentor, but advocate for STEM accessibility for all, especially disadvantaged communities.
Nutritional Science, General Biology
Madeleine Chen was an advocate of arts and culture at UMD. While at UMD she danced with Ballet Company M, the university's only student run performing ballet company, and eventually became their president. She also helped to revive Project Pengyou, an organization that strives to strengthen relations between China and the U.S. After graduating, Madeleine will attend Columbia University School of Nursing to pursue a master's degree in nursing.
Public Health Science, Certificate: Women's Studies
Marie-Line Kam was born in Burkina Faso, and came to the United States at the age of five years old. She is extremely passionate about Black women's health and health equity in low-income communities. Throughout her time at Maryland, she was heavily involved in clubs and organizations such as The Kappa Phi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, the Charles R. Drew Pre-Health Society, DoBetter, and the Student Success Leadership Council. Upon graduating from the University of Maryland, she will be going to Tulane School of Medicine to earn her Masters in Medical Genetics and Genomics in preparation for medical school in the near future.
Public Health Science
Mariella Medina is originally from the Philippines and spent her time at the University of Maryland advocating for the APIDA community and championing public health. She worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant and lead teaching assistant for Microbiology, was on the executive board for the Asian American Student Union and Phi Alpha Epsilon and was a member of OMSE's Academic Excellence Society. Within the community, she is a volunteer EMT in PG County and a patient care technician in Washington, DC. She is passionate about urban and minority health and hopes to pursue a career as a physician assistant and lifetime public health advocate.
Mary Sharron Poorman
Mary Poorman transferred to the University of Maryland for her junior and senior years of college after graduating Cecil College with two Associates of Fine Arts in Live Performance and Theatre. During her time at UMD, she has studied a wide range of topics relating to theater, from the history of Shakespeare's works and subsequent performances, to Critical Race Theory and its effect on art, to the fantasy genre, to figure drawing. She has also been involved in both student led and main stage productions as an actor, designer, board operator, and electrician. Mary has taken as many opportunities at UMD as she could, and treasures every experience it has given.
Megan Elizabeth Berry
Biological Sciences: Physiology and Neurobiology
Megan is a senior student studying Physiology and Neurobiology with a minor in Public Leadership on the pre-med track. She earned her citation from her first two years spent in the College Park Scholars Public Leadership program and now serves as a student ambassador. On-campus, Megan has served as a Resident Assistant, Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, student employee at TerpZone, and on the Executive Boards of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), the Residence Hall Association (RHA), and Beta Psi Omega. After graduation, Megan will be taking a gap year to apply to medical school and hopes to pursue a career as a pediatrician.
Government and Politics
Nadia Owusu is a senior Government and Politics major, Public Leadership minor graduating in May 2021. She is the co-founder of Black Terps Matter, the VP of External Affairs for the Student Success Leadership Council, and a member of the University Senate Executive Committee. She advocates for minoritized communities in dismantling oppression and restoring equity and justice.
Physiology & Neurobiology (minor in Mathematics)
Nishu Hosamane is a senior from Ellicott City, MD graduating with a degree in Physiology and Neurobiology and a minor in Mathematics. She is a member of the Integrated Life Sciences honors program and worked as a section leader for HLSC100 for two years. She is also very passionate about service to her community and is involved with the Food Recovery Network, Maryland Science Olympiad club, and Alpha Phi Omega, a professional service fraternity. After graduating, Nishu plans to work in the Sidorov Lab at Children's National Hospital during her gap year before applying to medical school.
Government and Politics
Patrick is a junior Government and Politics major and Asian American Studies minor. He is Vice President of the Asian American Student Union and a member of the University Student Judiciary, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Phi Alpha Delta. His honors thesis research has been published by the Yale Review of International Studies. Post-grad, he plans on going to law school and working in the Foreign Service.
Peter Marston (he/him) grew up in Groningen, The Netherlands, and will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science in General Biology. While at the University of Maryland, Peter participated in the Global Fellows and College Park Scholars programs and worked as a Teaching Assistant for BSCI 170, a Research Assistant in the Araneda Neurobiology Lab, and as a counselor and Operations Coordinator for Camp Kesem. He was also involved in student government all four years as a part of RHA, the UGST Dean's Student Advisory Board, the University Senate, and SGA. Peter will be pursuing a Juris Doctorate at Harvard Law School in the Fall of 2021.
Philippos Sourvinos (he/him) was actively involved in the Orientation Office on campus, serving as an Orientation Advisor, Team Leader, and Student Coordinator for three summers, one of which involved adjusting to the virtual environment. Philippos was an active member of the Honors Humanities Program, Kappa Omega Alpha professional fraternity, ODK, was a congressional intern, and served on the ARHU Dean's Advisory Board. In addition, he appeared in several productions as a performer and stage manager in TDPS' Main Stage Season. He plans to continue exploring the intersection of arts and activism.
Priscilla has been a part of the FIRE program, the QUEST Honors Program, and the Flexus living and learning community. She is passionate about women-in-engineering and has served as the Chair for the WIE Student Advisory Board, the President of Alpha Omega Epsilon, and a coordinator for the WIE mentoring program. After graduation, she will finish her Master's in bioengineering as part of the BS/MS program.
Physiology & Neurobiology Minors in Spanish & Statistics
Radhika is a Physiology and Neurobiology major with double minors in Spanish and Statistics who was part of the Integrated Life Sciences Honors Program. She has served as Co-President of the American Medical Student Association, President of the Banneker/Key Community Council, and several other executive positions in Omicron Delta Kappa, Honors Ambassadors, Nu Rho Psi Honor Society, and Student Government Association. Radhika is very passionate about social justice and equity, something she has focused on as a Terps for Change Coordinator, Crisis Text Line Counselor, and Honors College Student Advisory Board representative. During college, she has pursued internships with the Prince George's Healthcare System, National Institutes of Health, and UMD School of Public Health and has worked as a Teaching Assistant for the Biology Department.
Philosophy, Politics and Economics
Saba Tshibaka, a senior at the University of Maryland, College Park, is an Entrepreneur, Activist, Critic, Author, Scholar & Business Mentor. A passionate advocate for education and the socio-economic empowerment of women and girls across the globe, she is a student leader and activist involved in many groups and activities promoting diversity and inclusion. She spent three years in various Black organizations’ executive boards, two years as a tutor with the Academic Achievement Program, and a year as a manager at the College Park Black-owned business, Milk & Honey. She has also held internships with the U.S. Department of Treasury and Google Inc. She is the co-founder of Black Terps Matter at UMD, which is an Anti-racist coalition.
Sarah Elizabeth Kirby
Public Health Science
Sarah Kirby is a lifelong Maryland resident and a first generation college student who will be graduating with a bachelor's degree in public health science and a citation from College Park Scholars. On campus she has served as a peer mentor captain for Science, Technology and Society Scholars, a Do Good Fellow, social chair for Eta Sigma Gamma, the national health education honorary, president and founder of The Letter Project, University of Maryland Chapter, a Scholars Ambassador, a Preventing Sexual Assault Ambassador, and worked as a teaching assistant for multiple classes. In her free time she volunteers as a crisis counselor for Crisis Text Line. After graduation she plans to combine her academic and philanthropic interests by becoming a teacher while pursuing a master's degree in epidemiology.
Public Health Science
I am a senior Public Health Science major on the pre-med track from Bethesda, MD. My time at the University of Maryland has allowed me to not only grow my passion for the field of Public Health through my classes and research, but also meet some of the most incredible, unique, and wonderful people. On campus, I am/ have been involved with Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Phi Omega, Phi Alpha Epsilon, the Orientation Office, the Student Alumni Leadership Council, intramural sports, the Iranian Students Foundation, CONSERVE, the Honors College (University Honors), and the School of Public Health as a teaching and research assistant. I love hiking, photography, and cooking, and hope to advocate for women's health as a physician one day.
Environmental Science & Policy and Spanish (double degree)
During her time at UMD, Sheena Patel (double degree: Environmental Science & Policy and Spanish) was a member of University Honors, actively engaged in the Federal Fellows Program, and served as an undergraduate teaching assistant for the ENSP Program. Through non-profit and federal sector internships at the Environmental Law Institute, Earthjustice and the U.S. Department of Justice's Environment & Natural Resources Division, Sheena has developed a passion for uplifting the voices of marginalized communities and fighting against environmental injustices. After graduation, Sheena will attend the University of Virginia's School of Law in order to ultimately pursue a career in environmental advocacy and public interest.
Computer Science --minor in Technology Entrepreneurship
Shiv Patel is a senior from The Eastern Shore of Maryland, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. Shiv made a point to serve in a range of leadership roles during his time at the University of Maryland, including serving on the Freshman Class Council, EnTERPreneur, and Senior Class Council executive boards. Shiv has also ventured into many different programs offered at UMD, publishing research through the Snider Undergraduate Research Center in the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and completing a minor in Technology and Entrepreneurship within the A. James Clark School of Engineering.
I am originally from India and I am studying psychology as my major. I am also pursuing the pre-medical track and intend to go to medical school in the future. I am passionate about mental health, fitness, community service, and dancing. I can also speak three languages and love hiking.
Physiology & Neurobiology and African American Studies
Sydney Sharp is a member of the Integrated Life Sciences Honors College Program and a member of the Sigma Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. On campus, she engaged prospective students as an Honors College Ambassador, served as the Treasurer for the Charles R. Drew Pre-Health Society, and was the Recording Secretary for the Theta Nu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. This Fall, she will be attending medical school with the hopes of pursuing a primary care specialty with an emphasis in health policy development and implementation.
Wendashia Jones Ray
Wendashia Jones Ray (Major: Communications Studies) is a University of Maryland 2021 Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education (OMSE) Academic Excellence Award Recipient; participant in the OMSE Professional Development, Leadership, and Diversity Certificate Program; and Cole scholarship recipient. She is also a wife and mother of three amazing children. After graduation, she will continue to work at a public health strategic communications firm that focuses on environmental justice, worker safety, global environmental health, and education. Wendashia is applying to law school where she will focus on public interest law. She will continue to make an impact by finding resources to make completing a college degree a reality for minorities, advocating for diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and supporting social justice initiatives. She will also advocate to improve access and the benefits of technology for all by bringing awareness to technological biases that contribute to disparities in technology use for certain groups.
Family Science, Double Minor (Spanish & Health, Humanities and Medicine)
Throughout her time at UMD, Yael was Vice President of PHACE (the student run public health club on campus), a peer counselor for the UMD Help Center Crisis and Peer Counseling Intervention Hotline, served various positions as a teaching assistant, peer mentor and community service coordinator for the Global Public Health Scholars program of which she is an alum, and was a member of both the Family Science Undergraduate Committee as well as Phi Upsilon Omicron and Phi Alpha Epsilon honor societies. Outside of school, Yael tutored students in DC city schools, mentored children with Sickle Cell anemia as part of STRIVE, and volunteered in various pediatric units of local hospitals. Yael recently published an interactive pediatric workbook for patients with chronic illness during the COVID-19 pandemic for which she received the Berlin Legacy Fund Scholarship, and will attend the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Fall to pursue her Master's of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Population, Family and Reproductive Health.
Computer Science, Mathematics
Yaelle Goldschlag (majors: computer science and mathematics, minor: Persian studies) was a Banneker/Key Scholar and a member of the Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students Honors College, the Global Fellows Program, the Persian Flagship Program, and Omicron Delta Kappa. She was a software engineer intern at Facebook, a legislative intern in the Office of Senator Edward Markey, and a summer research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Software Systems. Yaelle designed and taught two courses through the Student Initiated Courses Program at UMD, including a new course on law and computer science; she was active in computer science research through the Maryland Cybersecurity Center and Breakerspace and was awarded a Goldwater Scholarship for her research. Yaelle was involved in tutoring and community outreach programs through the Petey Greene Program and the Maryland Center for Women in Computing, and created a new organization at UMD to match tutors with immigrant students in the DC area.
Government and Poltics
Zachary Caplan, a Government and Politics Major with a minor in Leadership Studies, has advocated for youth throughout his time as a Terp. From serving in leadership positions in College Mentors for Kids where he has mentored elementary school students in DC, lobbying the Maryland General Assembly on behalf of the Baltimore Child Abuse Center, working as a Hotline Specialist on the Trevor LGBTQ+ Lifeline, and fundraising for Terp Thon's Family Relations Committee, Zachary has dedicated his time on campus to uplifting future generations. Zachary's professional mission to uplift future generations was inspired by his time in the CIVICUS Living Learning Program and Federal Fellows' Political Engagement & Advocacy Fellowship. Next year Zachary hopes to take a gap year teaching English before attending law school to become a Child and Family Law lawyer.