Zoi Burns, a sophomore majoring in political science and minoring in leadership and civic engagement, and urban studies, has distinguished herself as an activist, leader, and scholar. She is an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion and serves on numerous committees from the chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Government Committee to leading the Voter Coalition that increased student voting rates. She understands the power of her voice and utilizes it to make a difference on campus and in the community. We look forward to what the future holds for Zoi as she continues to inspire others through her servant leadership.
“Stemming from family and personal values of caring about your neighbor, I have always wanted to live a life that involved serving and helping others. I have always had a niche for leading others even when I did not expect it from myself and I have taken many steps to grow personally to use these skills for social movements and initiatives currently, and in the future. On campus, as a Senate for my class of 2024 and the chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Government Committee, I am a student leader that focuses on equity, inclusion, and student engagement. I have also taken part in the Vote Coalition, encouraging students to register to vote, our Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality, and many positions with a focus on improving the inclusive atmosphere of our community. Continuing my studies of Political Science, Urban Studies, and Leadership and Civic Engagement, I look forward to using my knowledge to work for and within less fortunate communities in the future. The attributes I gain from my studies and experience working within diverse communities will propel me into the path of social activism and leadership that is meant for me.”