Student Speaker

Aria Austin is a senior at William & Mary majoring in Government with a minor in English on the pre-law track. In 2015, she started the platform "Pretty Is As Pretty Does" - #PIAPD which aims to alter conventional beauty standards through highlighting inner beauty and using "pretty" as an action word rather than viewing beauty strictly in a physical manner. Aria strives to empower others to love the skin that they are in, whether that is through public speaking, her poetry, through songwriting and performing, or serving as the current Miss Greater Richmond. On campus, Aria has the honor of serving as Class of 2021 President, as a Diversity & Inclusion Fellow in the Government Department, and as a Co-Chair of the Academic Diversity Project. She is also a proud member of Cleftomaniacs a Cappella, Syndicate Hip-Hop dance Team, and works as a Writing Consultant in the Writing Resources Center.