Here is what the selection committee presented to Dr. Hrabowski:
Asif Majid is a wonderful example of UMBC’s commitment to “produce socially engaged
citizens who graduate with the commitment and experience to serve responsibly in their communities, state, and nation.”
An interdisciplinary studies major in Global Peace Building and Conflict Management, Asif’s ongoing inquiry into the nature of human conflict and his search for creative solutions have been a consistent driving force for him both in and out of the classroom. His search to understand and make a difference led him to such diverse experiences as: leading an international summer peace camp for Arab, American and Israeli teenagers in Maine, teaching history and script-writing to middle school students in Minneapolis, leading UMBC students on a an Alternative Spring Break trip focused on homelessness services in Baltimore City, participating in the Model UN Conference at Johns Hopkins, and a year-long study abroad in Morocco.
Asif is an enthusiastic champion of UMBC and an active contributor to the UMBC community. He has been a tour guide since 2010, a member of the INDS council of majors, a student representative to the Patapsco Hall Addition design team, a member of the UMBC orchestra and leader of the percussion section, and an active volunteer in the INDS Department (for which he will receive this year’s Mary Jo Kleiner Award for Outstanding Service to Interdisciplinary Studies). As Dr. Brigid Starkey from Political Science stated in her letter of support, Asif “has loved his time at UMBC and will be an international ambassador for this campus for the rest of his life.” Asif will pursue a Masters degree in Conflict Resolution at Georgetown University in the fall.