President for a Day 2017

On Tuesday, May 9, 2017, President Harris will trade places with student Olivia Gonzalez for a day.

President for a Day, Tuesday, May 9


About Olivia

A graduate of Scotts Valley High School, the Northern California native will receive her bachelor of arts degree in Communications Studies on May 28. A very active Torero, Gonzalez is captain of the USD women’s cross-country and track teams, president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, a member of USD's Honors Program and the Athletics representative on Associated Students. She is also a member of Lambda Pi Eta Communication Studies Honor Society, and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She was recently elected to USD's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Upon graduating from USD, President-elect Gonzalez will continue her studies at the University of Southern California where this August she will join a five-year Ph.D. program at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Someday, she plans to become a university professor and study the media’s effects on adolescent development and minority audiences. She credits Dr. Susannah Stern, Communications Studies, for the enormous impact she has had on Olivia’s research as her advisor.

Schedule for "President for a Day," Tuesday, May 9

As 2017 President for A Day, Olivia‘s busy schedule will include myriad meetings and events. Her day will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. when she meets with the President’s staff. Immediately following, she will be escorted to City Hall by Director of Community and Government Relations Tom Cleary, for a presentation before the City Council. Upon returning to campus, Olivia will meet with USD Vice Presidents Terry Kalfayan, Tim O’Malley, Ky Snyder, and Carmen Vazquez. She will also meet with Minh-Ha Hoang, USD’s director of Admissions.

Highlighting the day will be hosting the Fireside Chat from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in front of the Torero Store, a meeting with student leaders, and a meeting with USD administrators to discuss food insecurity on campus and in the San Diego community. 

In his role as student, President Harris will begin the day by joining the Cross Country team for their 6 a.m. warm-up, and 8 – 10 mile run. He will also attend Olivia’s classes and student meetings. He will not take any of Olivia’s tests!

Follow Dr. Harris on Twitter at @USDpres.

Follow Olivia's takeover of the USD Twitter account on May 9 at @uofsandiego.

Olivia Gonzalez Olivia Gonzalez was selected as the 2017 President for a Day.