Graduating Survivor Finds Peace in Advocacy

The Towson University Counseling Center is located on the second floor of the health center at Ward and West. The center offers free, short-term counseling therapy services for students, faculty and staff. (Photo by: Sarah Rowan/TU Student)
The Towson University Counseling Center is located on the second floor of the health center at Ward and West. The center offers free, short-term counseling therapy services for students, faculty and staff. (Photo by: Sarah Rowan/TU Student)

18-year-old high school senior Jenna Kahn sealed the fold on a white envelope and put it on her desk. She slowly reached for a black Sharpie marker, writing “Mom” in large letters on the front, before placing it in a pile with similarly marked envelopes.

Dressing for the day, Kahn opened her jewelry box, looking for her favorite earrings and necklace. They were not there – she had given her jewelry away, along with many other possessions.

Kahn was preparing to end her life.

“I didn’t want to die,” Kahn said. “No one who is suicidal wants to die. They just want the pain to stop.”

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Ruth Addisu and Towson’s Happy Medium

Ruth Addisu stands in the green by Stephens Hall during a break from her MCOM class. (Photo by: Sarah Rowan/TU Student)
Ruth Addisu stands in the green by Stephens Hall during a break from her MCOM class. (Photo by: Sarah Rowan/TU Student)

Ruth Addisu is a junior EMF major who works as a student ambassador and a videographer for Towson Athletics. She likes studying at Towson because she enjoys the small class sizes combined with the large student population. For Addisu, she hopes to take away a lot of skills for her future career and to create relationships with others that will last a lifetime.

Freedom School talks #BlackGirlMagic

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Towson Freedom School member Dymond Hamlin (right) discusses an Audre Lorde reading with another member. The Freedom School met Thursday to share ideas about the importance of a black perspective in feminism and to dismantle stereotypes of black women. (Photo by: Sarah Rowan/TU Student)

About 30 Towson Freedom School members discussed the importance of including a black perspective in feminist dialogue at their weekly meeting in the Lecture Hall on October 6.

Titled “The Movement and #BlackGirlMagic,” it was the group’s third meeting of the semester. The focus of the meeting was to recognize different identities within feminist movements and to further dismantle stereotypes toward black women, especially at Towson University.

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