Inspire – Women of Dartmouth Stories

Real Talk about Gender and Sexuality

The most recent graduate in the series, Olivia Goodwin came to Dartmouth as a pole vaulter, joined the women’s track and field team, and majored in sociology. Goodwin, who uses they-them pronouns, found many ways to help other students feel affirmed and accepted as they explored their gender and sexuality. Serving in leadership roles in the Office of Pluralism and Leadership, the Student Wellness Center, the Dartmouth Outing Club, and the Pride Committee, Goodwin wrote a thesis about how LGBTQ students navigated social issues during the pandemic.

Sexuality, Goodwin tells host Jennifer Avellino ’89, “is one of those issues a lot of people don’t feel equipped to navigate. The fear of messing up prevents people from trying or getting started with growing their knowledge about it, so I wanted to give students something to make that journey just a little bit more straightforward.”

They’re currently earning an MPH from the Yale School of Public Health, studying transgender population health with a focus on non-binary individuals.

Click below to listen to Olivia’s episode.

Shared with permission of Dartmouth and Jennifer Avellino, host of the 50 for 50 Storytelling Project. Click here to learn more about the Project and to listen to all of the episodes.

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