Colleen Osborne, Class of 2009

Colleen shared how the many core values emphasized and instilled in her while at Louisville—social justice and social responsibility, leadership, and service to others— helped to shape her college and graduate school experiences, and have guided her life’s purpose and choices ever since. During a graduate fellowship which was inspired by her time at Louisville, Colleen taught classes about human rights and sexual education at an all-girls Catholic high school located in the tiny South African country of Lesotho. A country of nearly two million people, 40% of which live below the international poverty line, Colleen tackled tough subjects such as domestic violence, abuse, teenage pregnancy, and HIV/AIDS—all daily threats in the lives of her young female students at the St. Rodrigue Catholic High School in Lesotho.

“Louisville instilled in me a sense of confidence, community, and the importance of serving something greater than myself. Whether you want to be astronauts, ambassadors, doctors or accountants, girls need to know deep down that nothing can stand in their way. And Louisville sent that message to me every single day. Louisville shows us that there is enormous potential and power in being a young woman. Find out what your causes are. Find out what you love to do. By doing that, discover what DRIVES YOU. Once you figure that out, you can be a greater asset to society. And don’t ever give up. Remember that nothing can stand in your way.”
"Girls need to know deep down that nothing can stand in their way. And Louisville sent that message to me every single day. Louisville shows us that there is enormous potential and power in being a young woman."