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Gayon M. Sampson, Vice President for Undergraduate Affairs - Towson University
Gayon is currently a senior at Towson University where he studies Political Science. Previously, he had the privilege of serving as a member on the Maryland State Board of Education. In addition to serving as Vice President, Gayon serves on the Governor's P-20 Leadership Council, Maryland Youth Advisory Council, and Maryland Higher Education Commission Student Advisory Council. His involvement in these organizations has provided the roots of his beliefs that student involvement is key to the success of all communities and that no matter who you are or where you come from, you deserve a quality education. Gayon is the recipient of several awards including the Towson University Emerging Student Leader Award, Black Frederick Rising Star Award, NAACP Youth Award of Excellence, and Eliminating the Achievement Gap Man of Distinction Award. He lives each day by three quotes: "Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1), "Some men see things as they are and say why; I dream things that never were and say why not" (Senator Robert F. Kennedy), and "Limits, like fears, are often an illusion" (Michael Jordan). Gayon resides in Frederick County with his parents and siblings. He can be reached at gsamps1@students.towson.edu.

Daniel J. Miller, Vice President for Graduate Affairs - University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Dan is currently a doctoral candidate at UMBC where he studies Atmospheric Physics. Supported by a NASA fellowship, his research is focused on understanding clouds by using NASA satellite remote sensing instruments in order to better understand clouds and the atmosphere in a changing climate. Dan has been involved as a student leader in the UMBC Graduate Student Association (GSA) throughout his time as a Ph.D. student. Serving in numerous GSA positions such as President, Vice President, and Senator, he has been committed to advocating for graduate students and promoting the creation of a healthy and supportive network within graduate student communities. At the state level, he served on the USMSC for a year before being elected as Vice President for Graduate Affairs. Dan firmly believes that getting involved and caring about other people is the key to success in life, and he places great importance on this thought from David Foster Wallace: "The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day. That is real freedom." - David Foster Wallace, This Is Water

Adrian Boafo, Vice President for Undergraduate Affairs - University of Baltimore
Adrian is currently a senior at the University of Baltimore where he studies Government and Public Policy. In addition to his role as Vice President for Undergraduate Affairs, Adrian is also Student Body President at the University of Baltimore, where he has advocated for additional resources in financial aid, health and wellness, and public safety. Prior to this, he served as a Senator for the Student Government Association and Vice President of the African Student Union at UB.

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