Zaheer Bowen ‘23 and Irini Konstantinou ’23 have been elected by their peers to become voting members of the Board of Trustees.
Zaheer Bowen ’23 and Irini Konstantinou ’23 have been elected by their peers to serve as Junior Student Trustees. By senior year, Konstantinou and Bowen will become voting members of the Board of Trustees, representing student interests on issues related to the Colleges’ policies, financial health and overall welfare.
Bowen is a political science major with a double minor in economics and writing and rhetoric. A member of HWS Votes and a College Readiness Intern for the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, Bowen says service opportunities in the Geneva, N.Y. community helped him feel at home in Upstate N.Y., having grown up in Brooklyn, N.Y.
“In addition to the sense of community here, there’s also a student body full of potential just looking to be fulfilled,” Bowen says. As student trustee, he intends to be a voice for priorities surrounding the student experience including mental health services and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives.
Bowen is a member of the Teacher Education Program at the Colleges, in which students gain 40 hours of student teaching experience per semester, supplemented by additional education courses. Students in the program graduate having completed their student teaching practicum, an essential step in earning their certification to teach in New York State. With an interest in curriculum development, Bowen is looking forward to joining conversations about the DEI curriculum and the first-year student experience.
Bowen is also a Writing Colleague, a member of the HWS Leads Program, a volunteer for Big Brother Big Sister, a member of the HWS College Democrats Club and a member of the HWS Debate Team.
A writing and rhetoric and English double major with a minor in dance, Konstantinou ran for the position in order to give back to her peers and work toward the betterment of campus climate. From her leadership position, Konstantinou hopes “to be able to reach out to more areas within our HWS community and better engage with the matters that concern our students at large,” she says. As a junior trustee, Konstantinou’s priorities will be to “absorb new perspectives” and “establish lines of communication.”
As a Writing Colleague and member of the Writer’s Workshop Club, Konstantinou’s academic path at the Colleges has been focused on communication. As a student trustee, she hopes to introduce an interactive feedback platform for students to share their thoughts, opinions, needs and concerns. She is looking forward to conversations between students, staff, faculty and administration about contemporizing the coordinate system.
Konstantinou is the treasurer for William Smith Congress, and treasurer and choreographer for the Kinetic Dance Collective. She is also a member of the Diversity Fellows Program, a Salisbury Center and Intercultural Affairs program designed to increase exploration and preparedness for a post-graduate career. Konstantinou is also trilingual, speaking English, Spanish and Greek.