Major: MCGS-Women’s Studies Option
Hometown: Antioch, 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)?
My first contact with the GSEC occurred while I was touring the campus, highly skeptical of enrolling for fear of LGBTQ+ exclusion. I was so pleasantly surprised to see a flyer for Queer Week! I knew I would feel confident and safe accepting my admission offer, and hoped to eventually work as a GSEC staff member. I attended many GSEC events my first semester, and had the opportunity to intern in the spring semester of 2013 and 2014; I now hold the Women’s Program Coordinator position.
How would you describe your role as Women’s Program Coordinator at GSEC?
As Women’s Program Coordinator, I work with a team of interns to help plan events that will bring awareness to “women’s issues.” I help to foster a safe-space for personal growth and empowerment, as it is my goal to help my interns identify themselves as powerful agents of change. This year we revamped our programming, resulting in our “Consent: It’s Required” video series and “Feminist Friday” semester-long campaign. We also hosted our 16th annual Women’s Conference and are in the process of planning our week-long extension of Take Back the Night.
What does working for GSEC do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
The GSEC has allowed me to carry forward all of my personal ideals into the professional sphere. I feel more confident about my degree by putting my studies into practice. I find it much easier to understand oppression when surrounding myself with oppressed groups on a daily basis. While the GSEC has visibly molded me into a more confident professional employee, it has also allowed me to flourish into a person I am proud of and an all-around more conscious human.
What do YOU bring to the table in your role at GSEC?
I have always been willing to provide a voice for the voiceless, and promote inclusivity at all levels. I am strong, confident, highly organized, and always finish tasks with 100% commitment. All that aside, I really think my best skill is my passion: I never back down when people’s lives and identities are on the line. I have no hesitations about standing up for what is right.
What are your career plans and how does your job with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
Currently, my goal is to become a professor in a branch of gender and sexuality studies. Due to my work with the Associated Students, I have been allowed a space to both educate and be educated. I have improved my public speaking skills, formed countless professional connections, and planned large-scale events that have helped me on immeasurable levels. I am so unbelievably excited to be continuing my education as a student at Oregon State University next fall. I will be pursuing my MA in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Though I am not sure where I will end up after that next step, I am confident that my future is bright.