University of Virginia International Residential College
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IRC Council

Kate Highnam

Prime Minister

I am a third year engineering student majoring in Computer Science with interests in finance and mathematics.  Previously I served as the Minister of Finance and ensure to feed you as your Prime Minister.  I also serve as a member of the Executive Board of the Peer Advising Family Network for Asian students and in my spare time I enjoy participating in dragon boat competitions along the east coast, playing violin and piano, cooking/baking, volunteering at various locations to promote clean environments and improving self-sufficiency, traveling, throwing pots, and weaving random articles of clothing.  I come from a multicultural background and have enjoyed the international experience my first year at UVa. I look forward to seeing you around the IRC; the community provides for a unique experience you can find nowhere else.  Please do not hesitate to approach Council with any ideas you have to offer!

Nick Lim

Minister of Finance                                              



Lauren Denham

Minister of Community Operations                             

Hello IRCers!!  My name is Lauren Denham and I am a fourth year studying African-American and African studies.  I will be serving you as the Minister of Community Operations this year.  This is my secondyear living in the IRC and I was the chair of the community service committee last year.  Under my ministry will be three committees:  Arts, Sustainability and Community Serivce (ASC); Interior Design; and Acadsemic Excellence.  I am also a serial Netflix-watcher.  So feel free to hit me up for some movies!  I cannot wait to see what this year has in store for all of us here at the IRC and I look forward to working with/for you all to ensure that we continue to foster our sense of community!  Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or suggestions at lnd5nf@virginia.


Shrina Patel                                                                          

Minister of Interior

Hello, wonderful residents of the IRC! My name is Shrina Patel, and I am a fourth year student majoring in Cognitive Science and Foreign Affairs.  Last year, I was Co-Chair of the Cooking Coalition, and now, I am thrilled to serve as your Minister of the Interior for this school year.  I hope you will come to feel, as I do, that the IRC is your home.  Arounds Grounds and outside, I am involved in the IRC Peer Mentoring Program, serve as the Alumni-Relations Coordinator for the Society for Cognitive Science, work as a research assistant and intern at the Neurocognitive Assessment Lab, and am on the National Presentation Writing committee for BAPS.  In my spare time, I like to cook (and feast), eat my Nutella and ice-cream, dance (terribly) to Bollywood songs, twirl my dandiya, and 'troll' people from time to time.  Welcome to the IRC, and get ready for a fantastic year!

Kelly Hart                                                                        

Minister of External Relations

Hey, IRC! My name is Kelly Hart, and I am a second year majoring in Classical Studies, tentatively applying to the Curry School.  Last year I served as the IRC's Public Relations Chair, and I am really excited to continue contributing and becoming more involved as your Minister of External Relations. I hope to foster our community and make your experience at UVA the best!  In my spare time I enjoy playing the cello, singing, hanging out with friends, and drinking bubble tea.  Around Grounds I am an adviser in the Asian Student Union's Peer Advising Family Network, Culture Chair for Japan Club, and Assistant Director for Hoos in the Stairwell a cappella.  I hope that we will get to know each other very well over the next year.  See you around!




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