Hometown: Bethel, Connecticut
Major: Justice and Law Administration
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Science in Justice and Law Administration
Internships: Interned for the Connecticut General Assembly through the Legislative Internship Program, analyzing and tracking bills, conducting in-depth research, liaison work and constituent
casework. Assisted Representative Rebimbas by writing letters, testimony, speeches and
attending public meetings in her place. Also interned for Bridgeport Police Department
with the Crime Analysis Unit, Detective Unit, Narcotics Division, Burglary Unit and Patrol.
This helped me gain experience that will help me when I start my career as a law enforcement
Activities: President of Alpha Phi Sigma and the Justice and Law Administration Club, senator for the Student Government association, volunteer at the Danbury Animal Welfare Shelter and as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician. Graduated from Newtown’s Citizens Police Academy and also took part in the R.A.D. class offered by WCSU Police Department. Part-time jobs at WCSU, Danbury Orthopedics Association, Dr. Rogers Dentistry, Michaels II, Club 24 and La Fortuna.
Honors and Awards: Member of Western Connecticut State University Honors Program; member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars and The National Society of Leadership and Success; Dean’s List for multiple semesters; recipient of the Sodexo
Scholarship, the Eric Wellman Scholarship and the West Redding Fire Department Scholarship.
Won America’s Next Top Leader and named in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Iris Will was born and raised in Bethel, Connecticut. "I knew I wanted to go to Western Connecticut State University before I even entered high school," she says. "I love the atmosphere at Western, all the great teachers, and all the resources that are offered to students."
Will decided to major in Justice and Law Administration because it is her goal to become a law enforcement officer. "I have been pursuing this dream since the very young age of four and I am excited to finally start my career as an officer," she says.
Will says she became close to many of her teachers and would not have been as active on campus without them. "Associate Professor of Justice and Law Administration Terrence Dwyer and Director of Facilities Scheduling & Promotions John Murphy are two members of the university who have become mentors to me," she says. "Both have helped me substantially and helped me get to where I am today. They were both there for me whenever I needed assistance or someone to talk to."
Asked what she will remember most about her Western experience, Will says, "Whenever I worked with the Student Government Association; I loved to represent the students and help them enjoy their time at Western. During my time with the SGA, we hosted many fantastic events like Kevin Hart, the bonfire, and two great homecomings!"
After graduation, Will plans to apply for a position at an area police department.
Will’s advice to new students entering WCSU is: "Take advantage of all the opportunities that Western Connecticut State University has to offer. It is highly unlikely that you will ever have more opportunities than you have right now. Because of WCSU, I have interned at a police department and at our state’s Capitol. These are opportunities that you should not let pass you by."