Sara Collina, Professional Lecturer

Sara Collina, J.D. (she/hers) teaches courses related to sex and gender public policy in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Georgetown University, where she recently received The Dorothy Brown Award, a university-wide award for Outstanding Teaching Achievement (May 2020). Students nominate and vote on the slate of nominees to select the award winner.

Sara has been involved in efforts to reform sexual harassment policies at universities and workplaces; in Spring 2018 she worked to improve sexual harassment policies for the Maryland Legislature, which resulted in dramatic policy changes. In Fall 2019 she collaborated with a group of Georgetown undergraduates to develop a first-of-its-kind inquiry-based course on Title IX. She has also worked for trans inclusive policies in Maryland, and in Spring 2019 helped to enact a law adding an x marker (unspecified) to the “M” and “F” required on official state documents such as driver’s licenses. 

Sara is the founder and director of Blueberry Hill Strategies (BHS), whose mission is to help gender justice and health care advocacy organizations thrive. She has been engaged in health care advocacy for more than twenty years and served as Research and Quality Care Director at the National Breast Cancer Coalition, where she spearheaded Project LEAD, a nationally recognized science education course for breast cancer survivors. Sara went on to design a comprehensive patient-stakeholder engagement program for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), which has since provided more than $800 million in research funding for patient-centered outcomes research. She currently develops educational programs for patient advocacy groups from around the country, covering a wide range of health conditions, including celiac disease, Sickle Cell Disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Most of all, Sara is a passionate teacher who believes that most of us dramatically underestimate our ability to learn. She loves to facilitate learning in all its forms.

She holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a law degree from Berkeley Law School. 

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