Raaheela Ahmed Appointed as Student Regent
Adelphi, Md. (Sept. 29,
2014) -- The University System of Maryland (USM) welcomes Raaheela Ahmed to
the USM Board of Regents as the student regent for the 2014-15 academic year.
Ahmed is in her senior year as a member of the Honors
College at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) and is scheduled to
graduate in May 2015 with a double major in finance (from the Robert H. Smith
School of Business) and economics. She is the recipient of numerous scholarships.
In addition to her membership in the University Honors Program, Ahmed has
participated in the Hinman CEOs Technology Entrepreneurship Program, the
Emerging CFOs Fellows Program, the Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows
Program, and been selected as a Smith School Fellows Ambassador, all while
maintaining membership on the Dean List.
her accomplishments at UMCP, Ahmed has demonstrated business acumen, political
leadership, and community involvement. In her late teens she served as CEO of
SendWithMe.com, an online platform for people to send or deliver packages. As a
first year University Honors student she received more than 23,000 votes as a
candidate for the Prince George's County Board of Education.
has identified three priority issues on which she plans to focus during her
term as student regent: college affordability, financial literacy, and mental
"A number of students have lost financial aid and work
study due to federal cuts. This puts the pressure on the state government to
maintain certain levels of affordability in this time of need. Affordability
has and will continue to be a main concern for students in the long-run. I plan
to act as a voice for students on this front," Ahmed said.
"I also firmly believe in empowering individuals to
become positive social change agents in society. I've been advocating for financial literacy in high schools since my
2012 political run for the school board in Prince George's County, and look
forward to bringing personal finance curriculum, policy or programs to my
fellow college-going peers."
Her interest in raising awareness regarding students'
emotional challenges stems from a desire to change outdated perceptions.
health is often one of those issues that is not discussed nearly enough because
of the negative stigma attached to its victims. It's time that we remove shame,
fear and stigma from the equation and admit that this is a problem in our
universities," Ahmed said.
A 17-member Board of
Regents, including one full-time student, governs the University System of
Maryland. Appointed by the governor, the regents oversee the system's academic,
administrative, and financial operations; formulate policy; and appoint the USM
chancellor and the presidents of the system's 12 institutions. With the
exception of the student member, each regent is appointed for a term of five
years and may not serve more than two consecutive terms. The student regent is
appointed for a one-year term and may be reappointed. Regents serve on the
board without compensation.
University System of Maryland comprises 12 institutions, two regional higher
education centers and a system office. USM provides access to excellent higher
education opportunities, performs groundbreaking research, offers vital services
to communities and individuals and fuels economic and workforce development.
For more information about the board, visit http://www.usmd.edu/regents/
Contact: Mike Lurie