Lorena Olvera: Fulbright Scholar
Widener's Center for Human Sexuality Studies welcomes Lorena Olvera into the PhD program.
Olvera, who comes to Widener from Puebla, Mexico, hopes to tackle sexuality education in schools after she completes her degree program. "I think that I can have a greater impact on the community if I reach students through their teachers and parents," she said. olvera In addition, she'd also like to have a voice in government discussions about countrywide standards for sexuality education in schools and be able to institute nationwide programs.
"There is a substantial lack of proper sex education in my country, and as a result, teen pregnancy and STI rates are high," she said. "I believe sexuality education is part of the solution to effectively address these issues."
Olvera hopes to continue engaging the general public in sexuality-related issues through the media. Prior to becoming a fulltime Ph.D. student, she hosted a radio show and an Internet program called Sexprésate about sexuality, which today has about 1,400 followers throughout Mexico.
Olvera lives with fellow Fulbright Scholar Onika Henry, who is pursuing a master's degree in human sexuality at the Center who both began their education at Widener at the same time, and settled into housing just off campus in Chester, where they live as roommates and occasional study partners. Both women hope that their Widener education prepares them to tackle various human sexuality issues in their native countries.