Institute of Contemporary Art
Shaina Zafar is an 18-year-old rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in International Relations with a minor in Computer Science. She is passionate about Asian American issues, gender equality, and emotional intelligence, highlighting the intersectionality of the way the world works.
While in high school, she founded Code for a Cause. This was a program that allowed young girls that were typically underrepresented in the fields of STEM and political science, the ability to learn about both areas in an interdisciplinary manner. Partnering with Girl Scouts and Microsoft, participants in the program used MIT Scratch to create games and presentations about the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.
As a first-generation, low-income college student, Shaina serves on the board for Penn’s Muslim Students Association, Penn Association for Gender Equity, and Asian Pacific American Heritage Week. As a lover of global affairs, she’s also a member of Intercol, Penn's collegiate Model UN team.
Being cognizant of her voice and the power of Generation Z, she is the Chief of Staff at JÜV Consulting. She manages the company's administrative tasks, conducts outreach, and supervises the company's consultancy teams.
Shaina has been recognized as a Coca-Cola Scholar and Ronald McDonald Scholar. She was the youngest speaker at the United Nations and World Bank for the International Young Leaders Assembly and received the President's Volunteer Service Award. She has been a part of the Bank of America Student Leaders Program, AOL's #BUILTBYGIRLS WAVE Program, Cold Spring Harbor Partners for the Future Program, and Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, serving as a Channel Kindness Reporter.
Currently, she is planning an emotional intelligence conference across college campuses. Her goal is to actively bring greater awareness about emotional intelligence, grit, and empathy within businesses and universities.