Miriam Olsen

Miriam Olsen

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Program of Liberal Studies Major, Gender Studies Minor


With a generous grant from the Boehnen Fund for Excellence in Gender Studies, I spent the summer between my junior and senior year rewriting the College HAS Issues program for first year students, educating them about the realities of sexual assault on our campus, how they can protect themselves, and how they can prevent this kind of violence from occurring within our community.  Using the background and vocabulary I had learned in my Gender Studies courses, I challenged myself to communicate about issues of sexual violence in a way the first year students could understand and wrote a program that was interesting, accessible, and 100% focused on this gender issue.  Almost 2,000 first year students saw my program in the first week of the Fall 2010 semester, and Notre Dame will be using my program again at the start of every new academic year.