Taylor Leath graduated from the University of North Carolina with a degree in political science. While at UNC, she also completed numerous journalism courses, which brought her to the communications program here at Penn State. As a student-athlete, the intersection of athletics and specifically strategic communications is of great interest to Leath. Her background in political science and women’s studies has helped her to understand some of the social justice issues that are relevant today. In her research, she plans to delve into the communication of athletes around social issues to be able to construct a strategy that best works to both spur change, yet not alienate the athlete from their fan base. Beyond academics, Leath plays volleyball for the Penn State women’s volleyball team, which takes up the majority of her free time.