Loyola University Chicago

Gannon Center for Women and Leadership


Audrey Harris

Audrey Harris
Psychology, Women’s Studies & Gender Studies
Denver, CO

How have you benefited from the Gannon Scholars program?

The Gannon Scholars Program has fostered growth in every aspect of my life at Loyola. My fellow Gannon scholars have broadened my perspectives on countless social justice issues, and helped me become a more knowledge, confident, and empathetic female leader and activist. I am so thankful for the supportive, passionate, and incredibly loving family I have found through Gannon.

What are you interested in researching? Why?

With the help of the Gannon Center, my fellow Gannon Scholars, and faculty advisors, I would like to research sexual assault and the effectiveness of assault prevention and consent education programs being used on college campuses today. As a psychology student, I am fascinated by human behavior and how people come to their actions. I find it deeply disturbing that I already know friends, peers, and family who have been sexually assaulted. The lasting impact of that trauma and violation is truly devastating and often is not even discussed in prevention and consent education programs. I specifically want to research whether modifying existing programs to include an element of trauma awareness might increase the positive impact these programs can have.