Digvijay Mehra (Artsci '14)

One of the many distinguished traits that sets Digvijay apart from his peers is his innate ability to see potential in areas that are often missed by others. Proud of his heritage, and with a deep desire to share his cultural experiences derived from living in India, Kenya, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Ghana, Digvijay was compelled to spearhead the inaugural Holi Colourfest. This inclusive event was created through the Queen’s South Asian Association, which Digvijay served as a member and as an executive for four years. Each of the many clubs with which he has been associated has benefited greatly from his dedication and leadership. During his first year of studies, Digvijay became involved with the Queen’s International Affairs Association (QIAA) and the Queen's Model United Nations Team. His devotion to these longstanding pillars of the student experience led to a significant increase in its membership. Those who joined during his year as the director of the Model United Nations Team stayed involved and later went on to hold leadership positions in the club – a true testament to his ability to instill confidence in his peers and to motivate and encourage them to get involved. Digvijay served as president of QIAA in his third and fourth year and was responsible for transforming the club into the leading campus group for international affairs. As president, Digvijay established the Right of Reply radio show on CFRC, created the Queen’s Model United Nations Invitational conference, and built numerous partnerships between QIAA and other clubs and organizations on campus extending even to the International Study Centre in Herstmonceux Castle. Thanks to his proclivity for innovation, engaging personality and consistently collegial approach, Digvijay successfully identified opportunities to cross-promote and collaborate with over 40 different clubs through multi-club events. He is rightfully recognized as a genuine community builder within the clubs community. Digvijay’s enthusiasm for enhancing campus club life and his dedication to cultivating relationships between them and individual students has dramatically enhanced the Queen’s extracurricular experience for innumerable current and future students. He has truly had a profound and lasting impact on Queen’s.