Brianne O'Donoghue ’17
Albright Fellow 2016

Brianne O'Donoghue
Brianne is a junior majoring in Peace & Justice Studies with a minor in English.

She plans to concentrate in reconciliation studies and restorative justice, but is also passionate about achieving social justice through education. She spent the summer of 2015 in Dorchester developing curriculum with an emphasis on peacebuilding, and teaching a class of underserved seven-year-olds through Harvard’s Summer Urban Program. During the academic semester she is an active counselor with the Mission Hill After School Program, which allows her to mentor elementary-aged girls from the Alice Taylor housing projects in Mission Hill. In addition to MHASP, she is a member of Society Alpha Kappa Chi and Christian fellowships at both Wellesley and Harvard. Heavily influenced by her bicultural background, Brianne is fluent in Spanish and passionate about global affairs. She is particularly interested in the Rwandan genocide and has presented research on the possibility of forgiveness and restoration following mass trauma, and will spend the spring semester of 2016 abroad in Kigali, Rwanda studying post-genocide restoration and peacebuilding. After Wellesley she hopes to attend graduate school to advance her knowledge of peace and justice and, ultimately, pursue a career where she can empower people to create meaningful social change.