First Muslim Student Regent Is Appointed to U. of California Board

The University of California’s Board of Regents voted on Wednesday to appoint Sadia Saifuddin, a student-government leader on the Berkeley campus, as its next student regent, over the objections of some pro-Israel groups that criticized her past support of a student push to divest university-endowment investments in Israel. Ms. Saifuddin will be the first Muslim student to serve in her new position. Some speakers at the regents’ meeting urged the group to reject Ms. Saifuddin. But she won approval from all of the regents except for one, who abstained.

At a news conference after her confirmation vote, she said she would not be pressing divestment or other issues involving Israel, calling those “irrelevant” to her position as a student regent.

While she has her own personal views on the matter, she said “those have nothing to do with my work as a regent.” She said she would work to improve financial aid and to improve campus climate for students of all ethnic and religious backgrounds.

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