UC Berkeley student Sadia Saifuddin is congratulated by her family after she was appointed as the new UC Student Regent on Wednesday. (Ana Tintocalis/KQED)
UC Berkeley student Sadia Saifuddin is congratulated by her family after she was appointed as the new UC student regent-designate on Wednesday. (Ana Tintocalis/KQED)

The UC Board of Regents voted to appoint UC Berkeley’s Sadia Saifuddin as the first Muslim student regent-designate ever yesterday, despite some controversy over her support of attempts to divest UC funds from companies working with the Israeli military.

The vote for Saifuddin’s appointment was unanimous among the regents except for Richard Blum, who abstained, stating, “If you’re going to be the student representative, you have to represent all students. You don’t want to alienate them. … So I’ve got a problem with this.”

In the spring, Saifuddin co-sponsored a UC Berkeley student government bill that aimed to divest funds from companies that sell to the Israeli military, citing evidence of Israel’s human rights violations in the region.

At a press conference after her appointment, Saifuddin stated, “(B)eing on the receiving end of these attacks is difficult, but it’s not something that’s unexpected or unforeseen, and it’s something that I’ll learn to deal with better every day.”

During the meeting, she stressed her conciliatory skills.

“I think that the UC is standing at a critical juncture right now, and it’s really important for us to come together,” Saifuddin stated.


  • Why am I not surprised that Berkeley has some prominent Jew haters?

    • ni

      stfu u Nazi

      • Um, no. Why do you have a problem with me calling attention to Jew haters? Are you one too?

        • Sorry, I had to delete a comment. You’re not allowed to swear or attack other people.

  • Guest

    Mr. Blum wants the new student trustee to “represent all students” and has a problem with her position on investments. The worldwide pressure of divestment of investments from South Africa helped in the eventual abolition of Apartheid in that country. Why not use similar strategies to eliminate the state terrorism imposed by Israel on the region?

    I wonder whether financier Blum applies the same standards for his wife, Senator Dianne Feinstein! Does she represent the views of ALL Californians, Mr. Blum? I am sure there are many who do not agree with her politics. Many progressive Democrats do not like her because of her right wing views, and of course the Republicans while comfortable with her would love to replace her with someone who has a clearly printed “R” next to their name, instead of the “fuzzy R that looks like a D” after Feinstein’s name! Mr. Blum, those who live in glass houses should not throw stones at others!

    • Only someone left of The Nation thinks Dianne Feinstein is a right-winger. #extreme

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