Shawn R. Cowls ’87 has been an activist for Princeton’s gay community since becoming president of the Gay Alliance of Princeton (GAP) during his junior year. After graduating, Cowls helped found the alumni support group Fund for Reunion, now known as FFR/Princeton BTGALA, which advocates for the LGBT community, and has served as its president for more than 20 years. He helped plan the 2013 “Every Voice” conference, which was attended by more than 600 LGBTQ alumni and friends.
When Kristin Alyea Epstein ’97 moved back to Princeton 10 years after her graduation, she discovered that the Princeton Area Alumni Association was inactive and decided to revitalize it. The group, known as “PA3,” now sponsors some 50 cultural, community-service, networking, and social events a year. Epstein also is vice chair of the Alumni Council Committee on Community Service, an Alumni Schools Committee interviewer, a P-rade marshal, and a former class treasurer.
Thomas F. Fleming Jr. ’69 has played key roles in improving and strengthening relationships between the eating clubs and the University. As a member of Cap and Gown’s graduate board, he co-chaired the club’s successful capital campaign. He has led the Graduate InterClub Council and encouraged undergraduate leaders of the eating clubs to improve the club experience for all students.
The volunteerism of Patricia L. Irvin ’76 reflects her career in the law and her personal experience facing racial discrimination. She has been on the board of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni, and has served on the national board of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations since its inception. In 1984, she founded PALS — Practicing Attorneys for Law Students — to mentor minority law students. Irvin also has served as a University trustee.