April 2019 Chapter Leader of the Month: Elizabeth WilsonUniversity of New Mexico
Each month, the AIAS highlights the outstanding dedication and accomplishments of one of its members. The Chapter Leader of the Month can be a Chapter President or any member who has shown tremendous leadership. Congratulations to the March 2019 Chapter Leader of the Month, Dallas Chavez.
Elizabeth Wilson is currently a fourth-year architecture student at the University of New Mexico and will be graduating with her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture in May. Elizabeth also serves as her school’s AIAS Chapter President and a member of the AIAS Equity and Diversity Task Force.
Elizabeth first fell in love with the community and camaraderie of AIAS her sophomore year. She admired how the organization tirelessly worked to improve education and strengthen her school’s culture and community. As a student, Elizabeth wanted to further strengthen her community and ensure fellow students felt welcomed, empowered, and supported. During her time with AIAS UNM, her team was able to double the chapter’s membership, surpass fundraising goals, work on reforming their studio culture policy, and increase the number of educational and professional opportunities for students. They have also reignited the fire in their installations committee, creating three art installations for the community and providing opportunities for students to gain hands-on, real-world building experience.
Dominic Armendariz West Quad Director seconds Elizabeth’s unwavering dedication to creating a chapter where all students feel welcomed. “Elizabeth’s hard work has brought a spark of energy to AIAS UNM, resulting in a 50% increase in membership. Watching Lizzy and her team grow over the course of their term has been incredible, and I am confident that they are well equipped for continual success,” said Dominic.
Nathan McNeilly AIAS UNM’s Social Events Managers tell us that Elizabeth is passionate about change and making the architectural education process the best it can be. She is currently re-writing their school’s studio policy to focus on the health and wellness of their students physical and mental health. Elizabeth has learned countless lessons from AIAS and believes it has been a truly amazing experience.
The Benjamin Moore color that best represents me is Creamy Peach. If there was a color that would spend 30 minutes talking to everyone it meets it would be Creamy Peach. It’s warm, friendly, and welcoming just like me.
This ‘Chapter Leader of the Month’ feature is sponsored by the Benjamin Moore.