Shauna Aminath, The Maldives
While a student at Westminster, Shauna Aminath was a leader in our International Club and a strong advocate for international students and integration on campus. She was also instrumental in the International Student Show each year and the Tsunami Relief International Show. Shauna was also one of the first students to participate in our Take-A-Friend-Home program, hosting a domestic student from Missouri in her Maldives home for several weeks.
Shauna’s campus leadership activities included holding the Presidency of ECOS, our Environmentally Concerned Student Council, working as a residence hall advisor on campus and serving as a Student Ambassador. Shauna received a Projects for Peace grant that took her team to Columbia to work with refugees one summer.
During her Westminster College experience, she participated in a number of internships, including the Banyan Tree Marine Lab in the Maldives and Humanity in Action in New York. She was selected to attend the Annual Student Conference on U.S. Affairs at the United States Military Academy at West Point and attended the Development Project Management Institute at the Monterey Institute for International Studies.
Upon graduation, she returned to The Maldives and eventually assumed the position of Deputy Undersecretary for the new administration of President Mohamed Nasheed until he was forced to resign Feb. 7, 2012, in a coup d’etat orchestrated by an alliance of his political opponents. Recently, Shauna was elected as President of the Youth Wing of her political party, the Maldivian Democratic Party, and has been active in promoting democracy, respect for human rights, and environmental sustainability.