Sarah Sullivan

Major: Health Education/Women’s Studies
Hometown: Woodland, CA
Class: Junior
Program Position: Women’s Program Coordinator | GSEC

How did you first get connected with the Gender and Sexuality Equity Center (GSEC)?
I heard about the Women’s Center and put my name on a mailing list at the end of my freshman year. They contacted me, and I went in at the beginning of my sophomore year to attend an information meeting to learn about becoming an intern. I became part of the first group of interns at the newly named Gender and Sexuality Equity Center. After a year of interning with the Women’s Program, I was hired to become its coordinator.

How would you describe your position as the Women’s Program Coordinator at GSEC?
I provide support for four interns who develop events to raise awareness about women’s issues. Our big event this semester was Take Back the Night. Next semester we’ll be hosting a Women’s Conference, and the Maggie and Milk Awards. As the program coordinator I take part in panel interviews for hiring interns; host activist training and Safe Zone training for them; develop timelines for events; and facilitate weekly meetings. I emphasize that the interns OWN their events. My job is to offer them support to insure the events turn out as they envision them.

What does working at GSEC do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
This is my personal passion – fighting for marginalized groups. It’s awesome to get paid for something I’d be doing anyway. I’m building great professional relationships with faculty through our Advisory Board. The collaboration and networking are invaluable.

Academically, it’s nice to put theory into practice. I can use what I’m learning in the classroom to implement my ideas as an activist in a non-profit student-run organization. Both my majors have given me the tools to be effective in my position to create an inviting environment for the GSEC interns.

What do YOU bring to the table in your position at GSEC?
I am extremely passionate about our mission statement and I think that shows in everything I do here at the GSEC. I am determined to put in the effort it takes to make our events successful, whether that means staying late or coming early. I appreciate my interns, and I love to see them grow throughout the semester not only as interns, but as activists! I consider myself an approachable person because I am enthusiastic and positive. Come stop by the office (BMU 005) and say “hi.” I would love to help you find the information you are looking for!

What are your career plans and how does your job with GSEC better prepare you for that path?
I will probably go to graduate school, but I would also like to study abroad. I’m interested in the Peace Corps, too. Wherever I end up, I want to make the most of my community health education using feminist ideologies. My experience at GSEC is a perfect stepping stone for that path.