This semester, SASV became an official organization recognized by the university. Kimm, who is in charge of organization development, handles SASV’s logistics, such as scheduling, agendas, and recruitment.
SASV works to improve how university administration responds to sexual misconduct and also hosts events and workshops relating to education and prevention. They work with OSARP, Title IX, student affairs and other offices to advocate for policy changes.
Kimm’s timeline, which will be hosted online, now has over 220 events that span over 400 years.
Carah Ong Whaley, the associate director for the Center for Civic Engagement, said Kimm’s timeline has been picked up by professors at other universities who are using it in their curriculum.
Kimm also assists with the center’s website and with events like their constitution day and voter registration. Before becoming a democracy fellow, Kimm helped to plan a letter writing party last year where students could submit their thoughts on the proposed changes to Title IX.
Kimm said the university should “take notes” from the work the center does and its efforts to encourage students to voice their beliefs.
“Propell students to do what they want to do and give the power back to them instead of trying to keep things how they are,” Kimm said “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it, but it is broken.”
Whaley sees Kimm as an example of someone who lives by deliberative action, meaning that her activism looks at creating structural changes and the root causes of issues.
“She has not been afraid to push for change where change is needed,” Whaley said. “Where others may have been hesitant she has not because she has seen injustice.”
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