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Trustee: Elizabeth Gowans, C'2023

Elizabeth GowansSophomore History Major, Curatorial Studies Minor
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2020
City of Residence: Atlanta, Georgia

Elizabeth Gowans is a sophomore at Spelman pursuing a degree in history with a minor in curatorial studies. She was recently selected to serve a three-year team as the student trustee on the College's Board of Trustees.

A presidential scholar and an active member of the Honors Program, Gowans is also a member of the History Club, Spelman Chapter of National Council of Negro Women, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the AUC Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective, and the Spelman Social Justice Program/Unlocked Minds book club.

Very passionate about Spelman and its connections -- from faculty, staff, students and alumnae, Gowans desires to us her role as student trustee to help Spelman succeed. She also enjoys cooking, baking, reading, watching movies, learning about historical figures and events, ancient civilizations and women leaders (namely Cleopatra and Empress Wu).

Her plans for the future include becoming a professor, historian, archivist and collegiate administrator. She also wants to aid in the diversification of the art world.

Why I Serve on the Spelman College Board of Trustees

I want to serve on the Board as a first step to becoming a college administrator so that I can help students like myself learn the value of attending HBCUs, loving their Blackness, and succeeding in whatever they do.