Previously, she served in other capacities as University Minister at DU, and Director of Student Life and Co-Curricular Education, Adjunct Faculty, and Director of Campus Ministry, Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA. She honed her passion for justice during 17 years as a high school teacher in Chicago’s African-American community. She has also engaged in service with Mexican migrant populations and has had additional international service experiences in Belize, El Salvador, South Africa, Mexico and Venezuela.
As program director, Thelen is the only dedicated faculty member for the Social Justice and Civic Engagement minor.
Director of Community-based Learning - RCAS; Director Social Justice and Civic Engagement; Adjunct Faculty - LAS Seminars