College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Humanities and Communication

Kristen La Follette

Kristen La Follette graduated with a concentration in Creative Writing and Social Action and a minor in Global Studies in 2006. Following graduation, she developed employment and education opportunities for developmentally disabled adults as a transition specialist. After four years in that position, she returned to school to attend the Oral History Master of Arts program at Columbia University. For her thesis, she conducted a series of interviews to create and direct the play “A Glimpse Through the Curtain: Monologues of American Catholic Sisters.” Kristen currently works at the Columbia Center for Oral History and recently began a new theater project interviewing residents of Manhattanville, a neighborhood in West Harlem affected by Columbia University’s campus expansion. "More than any other experience, HCOM offered me the motivation and confidence to make change in my community, " Kristen recalls her experience in the major. "As a student, the combination of critical thinking courses, service learning, and supportive professors proved to be invaluable. I became especially interested in power dynamics that create inequity in access to education."

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