O’Brien ’12 Joins Title IX Office – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

O’Brien ’12 Joins Title IX Office

Kaylyn O’Brien ’12, coordinator of leadership programs for the Centennial Center for Leadership (CCL), has taken on a new role as coordinator of Title IX programming. In her new position, O’Brien will assist the Title IX Office in implementing programs, outreach and other activities that support education and prevention efforts. She will continue to maintain some duties at CCL in support of the HWS Leads Leadership Certificate Program and will return to CCL full time at the end of the semester. 

“I look forward to working closely with students, faculty and staff to support the Title IX Office’s sexual and relationship violence education and prevention initiatives,” O’Brien says. “These issues affect every student not only on the HWS campus, but on campuses nationwide, and it’s critical that we go above and beyond as a community to continue to spread awareness and foster prevention.”

In collaboration with Title IX Coordinator Susan Lee, O’Brien will facilitate compliance training efforts as she also works directly with campus organizations to increase awareness and create new programming.

“Kaylyn’s role is instrumental in spreading awareness of the key messages promoted at Hobart and William Smith Colleges,” Lee says. “Her familiarity with the Colleges through her experience as both a student and a staff member at HWS, and her work in the field of leadership make her a valuable addition to the Office.”

A member of the CCL staff for the past three years, O’Brien coordinates, instructs and mentors students within the HWS Leads Leadership Certificate Program, regularly teaches Readers College courses on public speaking and leadership theory, and manages the annual Leadership Institute. 

In the HWS community, O’Brien is a part of the HWS Impact planning committee, a member of the Young Professionals Network, and a facilitator for “Bringing in the Bystander” training. She has served on the Curriculum Review Committee, the Title IX Working Group, and teaches seminar sessions at HWS Summer Academy.

As a student, O’Brien was a double major in critical social studies and public policy with a minor in philosophy. She studied abroad in Ireland, Hungary and Romania, was inducted into Hai Timiai, and served as president for William Smith Congress. She was a student writer for the Office of Communications and a summer intern for CCL. She received the Hai Timiai Alumnae Award and the William Smith Alumnae Association Award, and was a Faculty Scholar.

O’Brien earned her M.A. in philosophy and public affairs from University College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland.