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April 16, 2018 at 11:39 am

Aissatou Boye Selected as Presidential Leader, Studies in Northern Ireland

Aissatou Boye, portrait

Aissatou Boye

Aissatou Boye ’20 was selected as a Presidential Leader by Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis.

The Presidential Leaders are an elite society of student volunteers who give their time and talents to advance the priorities and initiatives of President Nellis. These premiere students are loyal Bobcats and role models who represent the very best Ohio University has to offer. Students apply to serve for one-year terms and must re-apply at the end of each term for consideration.

A native of Maryland, Boye is majoring in Sociology-Criminology and African American Studies while pursuing a certificate in Law, Justice & Culture. In addition to her curricular pursuits, Aissatou is actively engaged in the pre-law community at Ohio University. She is the New Member Liaison of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity and the Secretary for the Undergraduate Black Law Student Association. Additionally, she serves as Secretary of Athens Black Contemporary Dancers.

Some of her favorite courses so far have been the team taught Making and Breaking the Law course as well as The History of Injustice in the United States through the African American Studies Department. She particularly enjoyed taking SOC 2600: Criminal Justice with Professor Rebecca Collins in pursuance of the Law, Justice & Culture Certificate.

“We learned about the history and methods of the criminal justice system and related it to events we see in our current society. I enjoyed how she incorporated Condemned by Keith LaMar and then consequently gave us the experience to actually speak with him and hear his story,” Boye said.

Freshman Year: Learning Community and Northern Ireland

During her freshman year, Boye enrolled in Dr. Haley Duschinski’s Spring Break Northern Ireland study abroad trip, which examines human rights, law, and justice in the context of “The Troubles.” Students travel to Dublin, Belfast, Omagh, and Derry during the nine day program. Boye enjoyed being able to gain firsthand accounts from political prisoners to get their perspectives. She also enjoyed hearing from both sides of the conflict.

Also during her freshman year, Boye participated in Larry Hayman’s Pre-Law Learning Community Seminar, with  current OHIO senior Taryn Osborne as the Learning Community Leader.

“I had a wonderful experience with my Pre-Law Learning Community because of the people. Larry Hayman and Taryn Osborne were great leaders who aided my freshman experience,” Boye said. “We (students in the learning community) constantly studied together, and it was great having that solid group coming in first semester. I also meet a lot of good people who I even find in my current classes, organizations, and study abroad trips. Many of my classmates are still some of my good friends, and I’m not sure I would have ever made those relationships without this learning community.”

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