Student Trustees Elected – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Student Trustees Elected

Thomas “Gib” Shea ’22 and Nuzhat Wahid ‘22 have been elected by their peers to serve as Junior Student Trustees. In their roles, Shea and Wahid will become voting members of the HWS Board of Trustees by their senior year and represent student interests on issues relating to the Colleges’ policies, financial health and overall welfare.

An environmental studies major who has taken interdisciplinary course work in public policy, Shea is an intern in the Office of the President and has served as the president of the Hobart Class of 2022. He is a member of the Orange Key Honor Society, previously tutored for America Reads, worked in the Sports Medicine Department and served on the Hobart Dean’s Council. Shea is also a volunteer firefighter and EMT.

“I am so excited to be elected to serve in this position of leadership. Working together to promote transparency, academic excellence, financial stability and enhancing the student experience are my top priorities,” says Shea, noting his parents, Thomas G. Shea ’90 and Caroline Zacavish Shea ’88, are alums and his sister Lilly Shea ’20 is graduating this year. “My family has deep roots to the HWS community. I look forward to working with our entire community in supporting the Colleges’ goals and mission.”

Wahid is an international relations and religious studies double major. As a first year, she served as the vice president of William Smith Congress. She is a member of the HWS Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Taskforce, secretary of the South Asian Student Association and a Writing Colleague. On campus, she also launched the Free Menstrual Hygiene Product Initiative and has sustained the effort by creating the Realizing Equitable Decisions Committee.

“Over the past few years, I have been working on moving forward with student equity on this campus. I feel that this position will allow me to further that goal. Furthermore, I plan to continue working alongside my peers to continue our pursuit of promoting and improving transparency, academic and intellectual growth, and student wellness on our campus,” Wahid says. “Through my tenure in student government, I have worked with several student organizations, the administration, and alumnae and alumni, and have had to bridge gaps between all groups. I plan to continue doing so in this position.”

Throughout the 2020-2012 academic year, Shea and Wahid will learn from their predecessors Audrey Platt ’21 and Albright Dwarka ’21 as they carry out their duties on the Board of Trustees.