Student Regent

The student Regent is a voting member of The Regents of the University of California, attending all meetings of the Board and its Committees and serving a one-year term. The appointee holds the title Regents-designate for a year prior to the role as a Regent. As a Regents-designate, the appointee is invited to participate in all meetings of the Board and of its Committees, but without a vote. The Board of Regents meets six times a year, every other month.

The powers and authorities of The Regents are broadly established in the Constitution of the State of California and are reflected in Bylaw 12 of The Regents of the University of California.

The student Regent is reimbursed for expenses incurred for attendance at meetings of the Board and its Committees. All mandatory University fees and tuition are waived for the student Regent during the academic years in which he or she serves as a Regent-designate and as a member of the Board.

The current student Regent is Marlenee Blas Pedral, a UC Berkeley law student.

Student Regent-designate

The current student Regent-designate is Merhawi Tesfai, a UCLA graduate student.

2024-25 Student Regent application information

The application for the 2024-25 Student Regent is available. All students currently enrolled at a UC campus are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is March 12, 2023. Applicants must submit a completed and signed application, a current resume, and an essay as described on the application form. Materials should be emailed to Regents Analyst Clare Sheridan at AND also to the applicant's campus Student Regent coordinator (listed on the application form). The Student Regent will be appointed by the Regents at their July meeting.

Join Student Regent Marlenee Blas and Regent-designate Merhawi Tesfai for an information webinar on How to Become the UC Student Regent on Friday, February 3, 2023, 12:00 – 1:00 PM PST

Register in advance for the webinar:

Student Regent

 Marlenee Blas Pedral

The current Student Regent is Marlenee Blas Pedral, a law student at UC Berkeley.

Student Regent-designate

Merhawi Tesfai

The current Student Regent-designate is Merhawi Tesfai, a graduate student at UCLA.