Elm College

Olivia Dure

Hello! My name is Olivia and I’m a Dean’s Fellow in Elm this year! I’m originally from the USA, Birmingham, Alabama. I went to Pomona College for undergrad, where I majored in Religious Studies with a focus on Gender and Women’s studies. During my time in college I was involved in an organisation dedicated to strengthening dialogue on campus and bringing voices and perspectives not centred in the classroom for discussions and speaker events as well as student government, where I worked on overseeing clubs and student organisations, budgeting for student-run businesses, and on revising campus policies regarding demonstrations and academic accommodations. My academic interests centre around women’s activism in religious space and mobilisation against enforced disappearances. I love watching TV, knitting, swimming, playing tennis, and reading. The book at the top of my to-read list is The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy.

Advice for Students

Remember to be kind and generous with yourself during your time here! Being at college is definitely a wonderful time to put yourself out there, and it is an incredible opportunity to step out of what feels familiar and be involved with groups and people and courses that challenge you. But don’t forget to take care of yourself and recognise your own capacity—it’s ok to step back or take time for yourself.

Why Yale-NUS?

I’m really interested in working in higher education—I’ve spent the last year working for an American study abroad program based in Kandy, Sri Lanka, and I’ve loved the opportunity to work with college students and facilitate conversations around identity and dynamics of power. Yale-NUS seems like an incredible community that cares about emotional labor and puts in to practice ideas around inclusive spaces, and I’m so excited to be able to work within such an environment this next year!

Travel Bucket List

Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Australia

Fun Fact

I enjoy eating frozen waffles directly from the freezer


Alabama, USA
Pomona College
Religious Studies