The Connecticut College Community is mourning the loss of Anique Ashraf, a member of the Class of 2017. Ashraf, of Lahore, Pakistan, died Dec. 18 after being struck by a vehicle on Mohegan Avenue in New London.
Ashraf was a scholar in the College's Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts, a double major in art and history, and a film studies minor. He was a leader in the LGBTQ community on campus, a member of the N20 improv comedy group and a gifted writer with a compelling voice who captured many colorful and poignant aspects of life at Connecticut College in his pieces for the blog "The Experience." He also helped many students in his work as a tutor in the College’s Roth Writing Center. An artist who worked in several different media, Ashraf spent this past summer as an intern at the Leslie Lohman Gallery of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City.
"Anique was a person with deeply held convictions who lived life to its fullest. We mourn the loss of this gifted young life, and send our deepest condolences to Anique’s family and to his many close friends in our community," President Katherine Bergeron said in a statement to the campus community. "This is a devastating loss to his family, his many friends, and to the entire Connecticut College community."
Counselors, chaplains and staff members in the College’s Office of Student Life are available for students who need support. Counseling is also available for staff and faculty.