USMSC Leadership


Executive Board

Yvonne Harper, President

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Yvonne Harper, a Master of Public Administration candidate specializing in public policy, is a student at the University of Baltimore. Ms. Harper is devoted to serving the University System of Maryland (USM) and surrounding communities to serve Maryland better. She immersed herself in community engagement through leadership and policy. In 2021, Ms. Harper became a Graduate Fellow for the Maryland General Assembly, serving on the House Economic Matters Committee under Delegate Dereck E. Davis.

Before being elected President of the University System of Maryland Student Council (USMSC), she served the council as the Co-Director of Government Relations. She organized student-led policy while advocating for higher education funding, renewable energy, civic engagement, and affordability. She also held positions as Urban Public Safety Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Chair, and a University Representative. The University of Baltimore is where Ms. Harper received her undergraduate degree in Jurisprudence and minored in History. As an undergraduate student, she was the Student Government Association President for all four colleges, including The University of Baltimore School of Law. She held leadership positions on strategic planning and budget committees, student success committees, and student fees committees. Ms. Harper also committed her time to the Campus Pantry, providing food and services for students, faculty, and staff throughout the entire University of Baltimore community.

While in her role as Student Government President, Ms. Harper, was an advocate for the arrival of the Baltimore City Police Education and Training Center relocation to the University of Baltimore’s campus. Outside of serving the University communities, she has worked with the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland (University of Baltimore) to provide guidance and support for underrepresented individuals. Independent of leadership in higher education, she has worked as a Legal Publications Editor and a Marketing Deputy Director and has an extensive background and years of experience in public relations and strategic communications. Ms. Harper is delighted to continue her work with the USMSC, Chancellor Perman, and the Board of Regents to ensure that all 170,000 plus students are represented within the University System of Maryland.

Arsalan Siddiqui, Vice President of Undergraduate Affairs

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Arsalan Siddiqui is an undergraduate student studying bioengineering at the University of Maryland, College Park and is a Science Diplomacy and Foreign Policy Fellow there. With a strong passion for research and innovation, Arsalan was selected for the First-Year-Innovation and Research Experience program where he worked on cutting-edge research alongside UMD's research faculty. Specifically, his research lab dealt with using synthetic DNA and RNA to serve as aptamers and bind to biomarkers in cancer cells that would help with an early cancer diagnosis.

Arsalan also has experience working at the National Institute of Health where he is currently interning as fellow in the Pediatric Oncology Branch. Arsalan is also the Chair of his city’s Youth Advisory Council where he was appointed by the City Council to advise them on issues impacting youth and families such as: child human trafficking, crime prevention among youth, and youth engagement. There, he was successfully able to lower the municipal voting age from 18 to 16. He also worked in the Maryland General Assembly for the House Majority Leader, Delegate Keith Haynes, as a legislative assistant and has worked on several pieces of legislation dealing from the Maryland budget to juvenile justice reform.

In his previous role at the USMSC, Arsalan served as the Co-Director of Government Relations, advocating for over 170,000 students to the Maryland General Assembly and to the Executive Branch of Maryland. He helped coordinate a continuous System-wide advocacy campaign focusing on higher education funding, renewable energy policy, civic engagement, and affordability. Arsalan is honored and excited to serve as the Vice President of Undergraduate Affairs for the USMSC. He is focused on making sure that issues of tuition affordability, campus hunger, and mental health services are raised and that needs and concerns of the USMSC students are brought to the table.

Emily Madison, Vice President of Graduate Affairs

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Emily Madison is a second-year doctoral student in Salisbury University’s Literacy Studies Doctoral Program. Her research interests entail using culturally relevant practices to support the application of miscue analysis strategies with striving (struggling) learners through one-on-one sessions inclusive of parental coaching. At Salisbury University, Mrs. Madison serves as a graduate assistant editor for the National Council of Teachers of English academic journal, Voices in the Middle, and a member of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society.

Mrs. Madison is a middle school English teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools in her professional life. Over the past 20 years, Mrs. Madison has been a middle-level educator and has served in multiple capacities at the school and central office level: Classroom Teacher, Instructional Lead Teacher, Testing Coordinator, Title I Coordinator, Summer School Coordinator, Program Coordinator for School Improvement, and Mentor Teacher. Notably, her passion extends to foster parent engagement with renewed efforts in providing instructional supports to address the needs of striving student populations. With a commitment to student success, Mrs. Madison has led the charge to mentor middle school girls to support their academic endeavors by addressing their social-emotional needs. Consistently, Mrs. Madison hopes to continue this work by advocating for cultural competency among faculty and inclusivity of LGBTQIA+ student groups, while addressing the social-emotional needs of all students to ensure matriculation of diverse student body. Humbly, Mrs. Madison is excited to begin work as the Vice President of Graduate Affairs in a collaborative effort with the University System of Maryland Student Council to address the issues and needs of college students across the state.