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Kayla David (2012) is “working for GET Magazine as a contributor. GET magazine is an amazing group of people and is the number 1 queer mag in RI.” Kayla is also applying to graduate programs in marriage and family psychology, in sexuality education, and in public policy. She believes that the “most important things I got out of my women studies degree are my writing skills - my ability to write in multiple styles and voices, and my ability to critically examine and interpret knowledge for discourses that may create inequality based on issues of gender, sexual orientations and desires, age, ability, class, ethnicity, race, religion, or national origin.” See her profile at GET magazine http://get-ri.com/magazine/2012/11/youth-highlight-kayla-david/
Tiffany Moreau (triple major; Psychology, Women’s Studies, Chemical Dependency, 2009) currently works as a Service Coordinator in a transitional housing facility for Community Access, Inc. in New York and is pursuing her MSW at Hunter College. Tiffany reports that the Women’s Studies Program “helped me to better understand poverty, diversity, class, culture, and how they are all intertwined, and how systematic they are, and it helped me better relate to my clients, better serve them, better empathize with their struggles, the oppressions they face, and therefore better help empower them to rise above. The program taught me how to listen to people with more perspective……there are values and beliefs that people hold, and though initially we may be quick to judge, after listening, we come to appreciate those differences for what they mean to that person, and see them as just that...differences….that are no better or worse than our own. The Women's Studies Program is invaluable at RIC.”
Katherine Wilson (2012) reports that “Before I had left RIC, I was volunteering about ten hours per week for a grassroots, faith-based organization that advocates for ending family, domestic, and sexual violence. I now work with Providence Community Action Program as a case manager for the Adult Basic Education program. My job is to assist clients/students with their educational goals and to make sure they have access to community programs and social services. All clients are middle school/high school drop outs, teen moms, and women who have face multiple forms of oppression as well as life challenges.
I am also a certified rape crisis counselor, am learning how to work on my car and facilitating healing programs for Muslim women who are the victims of violence with alternative methods of empowerment like journaling, beading and meditation. Did I mention I work full time for a certain all-natural and sometimes organic grocery for the health insurance, 401k, and stocks? The Gender and Women’s Studies program at RIC made me want to get involved in my community to facilitate change on both the micro and macro scale. Now, I am doin’ just that!”
Nichole L. Aguiar (double major; Women's Studies & Psychology, 2007) has been very busy since she left RIC. She currently is Director of Program Services for the RI Chapter of the March of Dimes whose mission is to improve the health of women of childbearing age, infants and children. She is also pursuing her MSW at Boston University and will graduate in May 2013 (“woohoo” says Nichole) and is a clinical social work intern at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in the Teen Tot Pediatric Outpatient Clinic & Eating Disorder program. Nichole has also served for many years as a volunteer Board Member of the Women’s Health & Education Fund, a volunteer organization whose mission is to ensure that all women, regardless of income, have access to reproductive healthcare.
Nichole reports that her WMST degree “increased her awareness of the inequities women face and the multitude of ways one can make a difference to positively impact the lives of women and girls (one-on-one clinical work, public health & education, advocacy & public policy). The program helped me to become an activist and provided me with the knowledge and tools to become a leader and get involved in the larger feminist community. I received support, encouragement and felt empowered by WMST faculty.”
Chris Susi (2010) was awarded the Gender and Women's Studies Scholarship and Activism Award. He is now completing an Individualized M.A. on the intersections of oppression and methods of collective resistance for underrepresented communities including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender people, People of Color, Women, Differently Able People, and Working Class communities. In his not-so-spare time he is strengthening his Boston-based non-profit Inn Motion Inc. (innmotioninc.webs.com) a soon-to-be overnight safe-space for homeless LGBT youth. He also dedicates time to the campus's Learning for Life Initiative as student "navigator" - helping students from marginalized populations conquer obstacles to their education at RIC. He dreams of being a Gender and Women's Studies professor right here at Rhode Island College.
Elizabeth Lee (double major; English, Women’s Studies, 2008) just “graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a MA in Professional Writing. My concentration was in writing for new media and nonprofits. I'm not sure what's next. I do volunteer work here in Pittsburgh for a nonprofit that provides counseling and other resources to survivors of domestic violence, particular communications. I'd like to find (paid) work doing something in a related field. We'll see!”