Kira O'Brien

Program Coordinator
Phone: 
609.258.3276
Email Address: 
kirao@princeton.edu
Office Location: 
Frist Campus Center, 201M

 

Role:
I am the Staff Advisor for the Bogle Fellowship; a year-long program for first year students to design and develop their own service projects that they implement during the summer. My focus, both through Bogle and beyond, is looking at how students learn from service. I take that to mean how do students develop a reciprocal relationship with service; where they are gaining meaningful experience and developing a more comprehensive lens through which they see the world, while also creating a real impact in communities.

Background:
I am a licensed social worker; I received my Masters from Fordham in 'Client Centered Management'- which really means understanding and designing programs that support marginalized communities. I also had a focus on international social work, which is how I started my career at the International Rescue Committee, where I was the Youth Program Supervisor at the New York Resettlement office. There I worked with hundreds of newly arrived youth as they transitioned from life in a war-zone to life in an NYC public school; I ran a summer program, individualized client work and leadership programs. I transitioned to the Pace Center because I'm passionate about empowering others to support and engage with their communities, and wanted to bring some of this understanding to the Princeton campus.  

Fun Fact!
I rode an ostrich once. It was the most awkward 15 seconds of my life.