Gavin R. Gross ’19 and Caitlin E. Lasher ’19 have been elected by their peers to serve as Junior Student Trustees. When they become seniors, the two will be voting members of the HWS Board of Trustees, which governs the Colleges’ policies, financial health and overall welfare.
Every spring semester, students vote to select one rising junior from each college to serve as a non-voting member of the Board of Trustees for one academic year. In their senior year, Student Trustees become voting members of the board. Gross and Lasher will succeed Tyler Fuller ’18 and Brianna Moore ’18 at the end of the spring semester when Fuller and Moore become Senior Student Trustees.
Gross, an economics and Asian studies double major, intends to focus on expanding the partnership between clubs. “One of my goals is to make a more inclusive campus, primarily through an increase in collaboration between different clubs and organizations.”
Gross is a member of club soccer, the Mandarin Language Exchange, Finance Society and the Kappa Alpha fraternity. He is also a volunteer for America Counts and Days of Service, and served as an Orientation Mentor for the Classes of 2020. The recipient of the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship from the Taiwan Ministry of Education, he spent last summer in Taipei participating in the International Chinese Language Program.
“I hope to be a voice to represent the entire Hobart and William Smith community,” he says.
Lasher, a double major in political science and philosophy, hopes to empower her peers to lead. “I am extremely passionate about voicing the concerns of the student body to the Board of Trustees,” she says. “I want to help others feel comfortable speaking up for the issues they feel are the most pressing to the Colleges.”
On campus, Lasher serves as the president of the HWS College Democrats, secretary for William Smith Congress, a member of the Women’s Collective and a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club of Geneva. She studied abroad in Auckland, New Zealand last fall.