Board of Regents

Djelli Berisha

Djelli Berisha

Djelli Berisha is a senior at the University of Washington Bothell, where he is currently majoring in Biology with minors in Chemistry, and Diversity.  He was also recently appointed as the Student Regent.

Since arriving at UW Bothell, Djelli partnered with the Office of Diversity and Equity to launch a Campus Climate Survey and has provided input to UW Bothell administration to construct a new 5-year institution strategic plan. As a second-generation son of Albanian parents, Djelli understands the perspective and challenges students face navigating higher education. In his sophomore year, Djelli co-created avenues to academic student success through a robust degree mapping initiative that brought guidance to students for all 48 UW Bothell majors including a co-curricular portion for potential avenues post-graduation. Djelli develops meaningful connections with on/off campus partners to extend opportunities to students regarding career development and personal growth with the intention of ensuring accessibility and success for all UW Bothell students.

As the immediate past President of ASUW Bothell, Djelli was committed to creating an equitable environment for all students that ensures successful transition into remote learning with resources that remove barriers to better student outcomes. Djelli and his team advocated for resources that prioritized mental health, student safety, and student learning in a remote setting. Djelli served on the UW Bothell Chancellor Search committee that recruited and evaluated applicants for the new chancellor of UW Bothell, and served on other search committees for other members of the chancellor’s senior leadership team.

Djelli is actively engaged in clinical research at the Institute of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, working to understand underlying mechanisms for heart muscle regeneration. Djelli is a pre-medicine student, and plans to pursue a career as a physician-scientist post-graduation.

  • Appointed by Governor Jay Inslee
  • Awaiting Senate Confirmation
  • Term: July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022