Kathleen is currently finishing her degree in English at the University of Calgary. She is interested in how literature can promote understanding and acceptance in society, leading to a greater sense of community in order to work towards common goals. She plans to pursue a career in journalism through which she hopes to inform, educate, and promote equality. She believes in the significance of peoples’ stories, and finds it important that we carry these stories with us.
Kathleen is an active member of her community; she has shaved her head for cancer, participated in tree planting, was a member of STAND, a student group pushing the Canadian government to take action to end the conflict and humanitarian crisis in Darfur, and volunteered at the Brenda Strafford Centre, a second-stage shelter for women and their children who have fled domestic violence. She also organized a sponsored silence to raise money for and bring awareness to the spread of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently she is the Vice President of Events for Oxfam and Director of Communications for Students for a Free Tibet at the University of Calgary. She is also an active member of the Somali Students’ Association and Journalists for Human Rights. Kathleen is committed to raising awareness about the impact oil exploration in the Amazon has on indigenous groups.
Kathleen is deeply concerned about the environment and human rights, and hopes that she can bring awareness and hope to these issues and more. She believes in accepting no limitations for one’s life, and thinks that following your bliss is the key to success. When she is not researching, learning, and working on issues of social justice, Kathleen enjoys reading anything from Hemingway to Stan Lee, writing, and practicing guitar. She is inspired by art, conversation, and unreserved kindness