Guest Post: Faith Kamei, USG Student Council President, UMBC Psych/Social Work Student

Ask Me About My Groundbreaking Moment

faith“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”
-Mattie Stepanek

This quote is a perfect summary of my ground breaking moment. I believe that no one regardless of race, socioeconomic status or gender should be denied the opportunity to go to get an education. I believe that The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) offers a unique platform that ensures ALL students are provided with an opportunity to receive an education.

Throughout my time at USG, I’ve heard stories about the tremendous support that USG receives from the educational leaders, the legislative supporters and the business leaders in both the county and state sectors. To me, the Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (BSE) Education Facility Groundbreaking Ceremony on October 19, 2016 was more than just the beginning of a new building. The Groundbreaking Ceremony was an opportunity where I was able to physically witness and be part of the collaboration and enthusiasm that was shared among everyone in the room. I was able to verify the stories about the tremendous support that USG receives from across the state.

During the event, I was able to meet and share conversations with the Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford, State Senator Nancy King, County Executive Ike Leggett, Chancellor Robert Caret, and USG Board of Advisors Chairman Mike Knapp. I met delegates, business leaders, university presidents and the faculty and staff of various programs. Through conversations, I realized that everyone in that room was equally passionate and motivated about the success of USG.

My highlight of the groundbreaking was literally breaking ground alongside people who I believe are influential to our educational system. The literal groundbreaking moment of digging in the earth was a collaboration with the state, the county, the business community, the educational representative, the institutional representative and me, a student. This collaboration shows the groundbreaking platform of Unity. With teamwork and collaboration, I believe that many more things will be achieved.

Click here to view photographs from the event.
Click here for the BSE Groundbreaking news story.
Click here for the BSE video.


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