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Alumni Profiles

Nichole Aguiar (double major; Women's Studies & Psychology, 2007)

Nichole has been very busy since she left RIC. She recently received her M.A. in clinical social work from Boston University and currently is the Director of Program Services & NICU Family Support for the RI Chapter of the March of Dimes. Nichole is the current board President of the Women’s Health & Education Fund, an all-volunteer organization whose mission is to ensure that all women, regardless of income, have access to the reproductive healthcare of their choice.

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, etc.). 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 was empowered by WMST faculty.”

Kayla David (2012)

Kayla David is currently in the final year of the Master’s program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Antioch University New England. She can spends most of her time at her internship practicum, Family Service of RI, where she is a clinician in the Children’s Trauma and Loss Department. Kayla is also a writer for GET Magazine, the number one queer magazine in Rhode Island. She believes that the “most important things I got out of my Women’s 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.” Outside Link

Robin Dionne (2011)

Robin is the Communications Chair of the RI Chapter of the National Organization for Women, and was recently elected to the National Board of NOW. She reports that she is “currently working as Director of Outreach and Client Relations for the Outside LinkArcade Providence, where I have been for two years. I also own a consulting business, Outside LinkR.Dionne Consulting, where I work for small non-profits and political campaigns.”

Elizabeth Lee (double major; English, Women’s Studies, 2008)

Elizabeth Lee reports that she “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!”

Jennifer Magaw (double major with Political Science, 2008)

After RIC, Jennifer Magaw received her law degree from Roger Williams School of Law. She has since been “living her dream,” working as a public defender in New Bedford, Massachusetts representing indigent adults. Jennifer is proud to practice in an office that values client-centered, holistic representation, including the support of social workers to meet the needs of each client. In addition to her work as an attorney, Jennifer was recently elected to serve on the board of directors for the ACLU of Rhode Island.

She would describe her time spent in the RIC Women's Studies program as priceless. Academically, the critical thinking and writing skills that she cultivated at RIC would later come in handy while pursuing an advanced degree. Perhaps more importantly, though, RIC provided a community in which Jennifer forged enduring professional relationships and strong friendships with the people that have continued to mentor and support her in invaluable ways over the past few years.

Tiffany Moreau (triple major with Psychology and Chemical Dependency, 2009)

Tiffany Moreau 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.”

Kelsey Morris (with double minor in Philosophy and Sociology, 2014)

Kelsey Morris moved to San Diego, California and earned her Domestic Violence Counseling Certificate for the State of California. This certification taught her about vital aspects of teen dating violence, sexual assault, child abuse, empowerment and cycles of abuse. Kelsey is currently working at Home Start, Inc. as a Residential Supervisor where she manages pregnant and parenting homeless youth and their children in a residential setting. This agency provides various services to their clients such as support groups, therapy, parenting and life skills classes, community dinner nights, substance abuse and recovery education, and transportation. Home Start, Inc. has exposed Kelsey to many aspects from homelessness to foster care upbringings, Child Protective Services, family violence, transitional living and community resources. Kelsey has earned multiple Continuing Education certificates in areas such as Trauma Informed Care, Positive Youth Development, Sexual Exploitation and Prostitution, Mental Health Awareness, and Crisis Intervention. Kelsey loves working in the non-profit social work sector and hopes to move on to a Case Management position in her agency.

Yvonne Short, (double major with English, 2012)

“I graduated from RIC at the age of 51 and am currently employed as an Advocate for the Women's Resource Center of Newport and Bristol County where I work with survivors of domestic violence. I am considering a Master’s degree in Rehabilitative Counseling. I didn’t intend to major in Women’s Studies, however, it soon became apparent that my choice of electives fell under the Women’s Studies category: race, Gender and class, sociology, women in education, history, literature and politics. The subjects taught under the umbrella of Women’s Studies are as diverse as an inquiring mind would hope for and provide a solid foundation for anyone interested in a career where people, not profit, count. In the classroom, and during my internships, I gained strong research skills and public speaking experience as well as a deeper understanding of the value of community.

Chris Susi (2010)

Chris was awarded the Gender and Women's Studies Scholarship and Activism Award. He completed 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. ( 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 at Rhode Island College.

Katherine Wilson (2012)

“It has been two years since I graduated from RIC. Since then I have grown in my work at Community Action Partnership of Providence, moving from a case manager to a "supportive services" supervisor. My day ranges from working with teen parents to working with families in crisis. Most of my work centers around educational planning, work readiness, asset development, and crisis management.

I continue to work with Healthy Families Initiative toward the empowerment of Muslim women in Rhode Island experiencing interpersonal violence. Over the spring, we completed our first empowerment series and are building for more programs during our next grant year. Some of the work I have been doing with this organization and in the community I live in, has led me to begin to work on my master's degree in Islamic Studies through Al Rawiya College. I was first introduced to the work of Al Rawiya through a conference entitled Shaykha Fest which gathered over a dozen women scholars of varying Islamic traditions. Some women were academics that focused on social justice, some were historians, some focused on theory, and others focused on art and design. It was an amazing experience and I have since enrolled with the college.

I still work for that all natural and organic market where I receive all my health benefits, retirement, stocks, etc. Regardless of where I am working or what I am studying, I have that gender and women studies lens that I view the world through.”

Jeremy Rix (double major with Secondary Education, 2012)

Jeremy's Gender Studies 2010 internships, as campaign manager for RIC alum and now-State Representative David Bennett (D-20), helped prepare him to found the Warwick Progressive Democrats in 2013 and to manage Nick Denice's 2014 campaign for state representative.

Jeremy is currently pursuing his law degree at Roger Williams University where he had the privileges of working as a research assistant for Professor Walker and externing for Justice Indeglia of the Rhode Island Supreme Court in spring 2014. Currently Jeremy is working at Ursillo, Teitz & Ritch -- a Providence firm whose partners represent five Rhode Island towns as Town Solicitors – and with State Representative and Chair of House Committee on Labor Joseph Shekarchi. He is also the Head Student Representative for BARBRI, the nation's leading bar review course, at RWU Law. He has also taken the time to get involved on-campus, including with student organizations The Alliance and OWLS, as well as donating to and volunteering at RWU Law's annual Public Interest Auction.

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