Kira O'Brien

Program Coordinator
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Office Location: 
Frist Campus Center, 201M

I am a Program Coordinator here at the Pace Center, where I focus on how students think about connections between immersive service experiences, academics, and their future trajectories. I am the staff adviser for the John C. Bogle ’51 Fellows in Civic Service, Guggenheim Internships in Criminal Justice, and Davis Projects for Peace. I also work with Service Focus and manage our First-Year and Junior Fellow cohorts.

Before coming to the Pace Center, I received my bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and my master’s degree in social work with a focus in client-centered management from Fordham University. My background is in refugee resettlement, where I previously managed large scale programs supporting recently arrived youth and families as the Youth Program Supervisor at the International Rescue Commission (IRC).

Fun Fact
If you can’t find me on a Friday it’s because I’m a student, too! I’m a doctoral candidate in the Rutgers University School of Social Work. My research is looking at how immersive service experiences impact development and how we see ourselves and others, really delving into the idea of ‘empathic citizenship’.

Areas of Expertise

  • Internships, fellowships, immersive service experiences
  • Social work
  • Refugee resettlement
  • Youth development, curriculum development
  • Cats
  • Licensed MSW, SIFI certification

Office Hours

  • WASE and by appointment (preferably over coffee or ice cream!)