Major: Multicultural and Gender Studies – Women’s Studies Option
Hometown: San Marcos, CA
Program Position: Women’s Program Coordinator, Gender and Sexuality Equity Center (GSEC)
How did you first get connected with the Gender & Sexuality Equity Center (GSEC)?
I’m a transfer student, and I attended a few GSEC events during my first semester here. I was very impressed by the Trans Conference especially, and I really wanted to get involved with the organization that put on those types of events. I was an intern in the LGBTQ+ program during the fall 2014 semester, and I am now on staff as the Women’s Program Coordinator.
How would you describe your role as Women’s Program Coordinator?
I help provide guidance to my interns who are in charge of putting on various events throughout the semester. These events include Feminist Fridays, which are a series of semester-long events that serve to empower, support, and create solidarity between activists and aspiring activists of all genders on campus; and the annual Women’s Conference, an event that will focus on different cultural perspectives on feminism and women’s rights. I also work with my interns to promote growth and learning in various areas such as activism, empowerment, and self-care.
What does working at GSEC do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
One of the great advantages of working at the GSEC is the opportunity to put theory into practice; being able to take what I am learning in the classroom and make it applicable to the work we are doing at the center. Working at the GSEC has allowed me to flourish and become more confident as a leader, and it’s a really effective way to prepare for potential careers in social justice post-graduation.
What do YOU hope to bring to the table in your role as the Women’s Program Coordinator?
I really try to focus on the concept of intersectionality in all of the work we do at the GSEC, and I am passionate about emphasizing inclusivity. I am organized and positive, but I think one of my greatest strengths is my compassion and genuine empathy for people. That’s what drives my work at the GSEC and the way I act towards people in my personal life.
What are your career plans and how does your job with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
I would love to work at a non-profit organization that focuses on human rights and social justice, although I’m not entirely sure about the specifics of what that will look like. My job at the GSEC allows me to explore that potential path and prepares me for a variety of professional settings. I have gained a tremendous amount of experience in areas such as public speaking, planning large-scale events, and forming professional connections, all of which will help me greatly in whatever career path I choose.