When Dr. Yensen began her undergraduate career at Michigan State University, she never dreamt that one day she would earn a Ph.D. while studying with some of the world's most respected urban theorists and policy makers. The educational opportunities afforded to her have helped her grow from a concerned young woman into an effective community leader with a mature vision for the future.
Her high energy and dedication to community activism drew the attention of leading faculty at Michigan State, who recruited her to take part in several ground-breaking studies of urban development during her graduate program. Dr. Yensen is still intensely interested in the dynamics of public and private intervention in local and regional economies, affordable housing policy, and fostering new employment opportunities in economically challenged communities.
Her study of family structure and mechanisms led to an interest in domestic violence and sexual assault prevention. Her interest was far more than academic: she became the executive director at a shelter for battered women. She also helped develop the rape evidence collection protocol ("rape kit") later adopted by the Michigan State Police and law enforcement nation-wide.
- Ph.D., Michigan State University
Major: Adult Education, Urban Affairs Programs and Family and Child Sciences.
- M.A., Michigan State University
Major: Adult Education. Minor: Family and Child Sciences.
- B.S., Michigan State University
Major: Consumer-Community Services. Minor: Sociology.