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.

2023-24 Student Regent application information

The deadline to apply as the 2023-24 Student Regent was March 22, 2022. The Student Regent will be appointed by the Regents at their July 2022 meeting. 

Additional information can be found on the Apply to be the Next Student Regent website and on the 2022 informational Student Regent Recruitment 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.