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Nakiya Schurman has long been dedicated to creating an encouraging environment for students.
As a student at the University of Maryland, Schurman was not only a resident assistant but also worked to directly support other students as a peer counselor at the Help Center Hotline. Her passion for and interest in helping others expanded into her volunteer time as well. Schurman has volunteered in the psychiatric ward at Trail Regional Hospital and counseled teen girls in abusive relationships at the House of Ruth.
After earning her master’s degree in social work, Schurman spent two years with United Way of Central Maryland, working to ensure productive and efficient project execution across the state. Now at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, Schurman has the opportunity to directly interact with students and help them achieve their goals while also working with the administration to make sure the school is providing what students need. Schurman is the mother of one and, when she isn’t playing trucks with her son, enjoys painting and singing.