University Honors Program

Jamil S. ScottJamil S. Scott
Legislator, Advocate
Class of 2013
Major: Government and Politics; Psychology
Minor: Spanish
Living-Learning Program: University Honors
Hometown: Columbia, MD
High School: Long Reach High School

Favorite thing about Honors at Maryland:
My favorite thing about the Honors College is that I am not just one face in sea of faces. The Honors College emphasizes getting to know students personally. I chose to attend UMD because I felt that I would be able to have the large university experience, but also have the small college feel at the same time. When I came to UMD for my Banneker/Key interview, everyone in the Honors office was so welcoming and friendly. They took the time to get to know me and I really appreciated that. For me, the Honors College is like a home.

Favorite UMD Experience:
My favorite UMD experience was my exposé (coming out show). This was an opportunity for me and my line sisters to reveal ourselves as the newest members of Alpha Theta Gamma Multicultural Sorority, Inc. It was a culmination of our hard work during the pledging process.

Being a member of Black Honors Caucus has had a major influence on my time at the University of Maryland. Taking on the presidency of the organization during my sophomore year taught me maturity and helped me learn to better utilize time management skills. This organization has shaped my level of consciousness as an African American and as a woman. I have learned so much about my leadership style and the most effective means of working with others.

I have also been a part of the Student Government Association since my first year at the University of Maryland. I was part of the Student Groups Committee and held the position of Deputy Chair. During my sophomore year, I was the Denton Community Legislator. My service initiative pertained to collaborating with other student groups to collect supplies for the disaster victims in Haiti. Currently, I serve as the Vice President of Academic Affairs for the SGA. I created the minority recruitment and retention coalition, a group that encompasses the Black Student Union, Latino Student Union, and Asian American Student Union. We visited Bladensburg High School to talk to minority students about the University of Maryland experience. On the University level, we have been putting together a resource list for minority students to help them become acclimated at the University of Maryland. My committee and I managed a campaign drive to emphasize the importance of completing course evaluations-our effort led to the second highest response rate since course evaluations initially became available. Along with MaryPIRG, I helped create the Textbook Coalition, which spearheaded efforts to promote affordable textbook options for students. This coalition gave presentations to professors, incorporated student groups, and held a book fair to showcase affordable learning material options.