2020-2021 Executive Board


Nivedita Hegdekar
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Graduate School

Nivedita (Niv) is a sixth-year graduate student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program. Her research focuses on the molecular crosstalk between autophagy and neuroinflammation pathways following traumatic brain injury. Before matriculating into UMB, she received a bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, and a diploma in German Language and Literature from Mumbai University. Nivedita has served on USGA for three years as the senator for the Indian Association and International Students Organization, and this past year as USGA Secretary. During her free time, she enjoys reading, painting, and jogging along the Inner Harbor.

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Vice President

Marisa Booth
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
School of Law

Marisa is a rising third-year law student, with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is from Southern Maryland and has lived in the state her whole life. Marisa has previously served as a primary and regular USGA Senator for the law school, and she most recently served as the 2019-2020 USGA Webmaster. She is also a member of UMB's Student Fees Advisory Board. During her year off between undergrad and law school, Marisa worked teaching lifeguard and CPR/First Aid certification classes, teaching swim lessons, coaching a swim team, and managing an outdoor pool. In her free time, she likes to take walks, explore Baltimore, and discover new local restaurants. Marisa hopes to work in the business law field in the future, staying in either D.C. or Maryland.

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Shanice Harris
School of Social Work

Shanice graduated from The City University of New York at Brooklyn College with a bachelor’s in Psychology, minoring in Children and Youth Studies. In Fall 2020 Shanice will be entering her advanced year as a Clinical/Macro student specializing in Behavioral Health at the School of Social Work, where she also serves as a co-chair of The Alliance of Anti-Racist Social Work Practitioners. Shanice has also participated in USGA as a senator throughout the 2019-2020 school year. Shanice plans to pursue full spectrum doula certification upon graduation, and aspires to work with birthing people who experience perinatal mood disorders in the future. Outside of academia, Shanice practices ABA Therapy with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorders, practices Reiki, and teaches Zumba with URecFit! In her free time, she enjoys trying new recipes, spending time with friends and family, and being in nature. Shanice is excited to serve as USGA Treasurer for the 2020-2021 school year, and strives to fulfill her duties in the role through a lens of equity and inclusion

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Aishwarya Iyer
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
School of Medicine

Aishwarya Iyer is a 2nd year MD/PhD student in the School of Medicine. She earned a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and was a Division I athlete for the women’s varsity tennis team. She has served as the UMB Sustainability Committee Student Representative for the past year. Aishwarya is dedicated to promoting sustainability, inclusivity, and positivity within the UMB community. When she is not studying for medical school exams, she enjoys playing tennis, weightlifting, baking, and singing. She is excited to serve the UMB community and advocate for each student.

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Grace Olubowale
School of Law

Grace is a graduate of Howard University with a degree in Political Science. She is currently a first year student at the law school. She is an aspiring young professional looking to make positive impacts on global education policy through law, research and politics. She came to understand her academic goals and professional purpose on her two trips to India where she researched education policy while acquiring Hindi. During her two academic tours in India, she served as a Boren and Gilman Scholar. Grace is passionate, hardworking, and driven by her pursuit of academic and professional excellence. Grace is excited to serve on the Senate as the programming chair for the upcoming academic year!

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Tonecia Brothers-Sutton
School of Law

Tonecia is a first-year JD student in the Francis King Carey School of Law. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Civil Rights and a B.S. in Mass Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism. Tonecia is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and spends her free time with friends and family. She looks forward to being a representative for the law school and hopes to provide a voice for all students.

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Nikki Hays
School of Medicine

Nikki is a third-year medical student in the Class of 2021. She graduated from Northeastern University in Boston with a major in biology in 2017. When she isn't busy studying for medical school exams, Nikki enjoys exploring her new city of Baltimore. She is excited to be a part of positive change on the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus.



USGA Advisor

‌Cyndi Rice
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
USGA Advisor, Director of Student Development and Leadership
Email: crice@umaryland.edu
Phone: 410-706-7117

With more than 25 years of experience at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Cyndi has worked at UMB since graduating from the School of Medicine’s Radiologic Technology program. Cyndi loves advising student organizations and helping students develop into well-rounded, holistic, and professional student leaders.

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