How did your education prepare you for what you are doing today?
My B.A. in English/Psychology/Women’s and Gender Studies prepared me well for my current position as a Program Coordinator for the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Eastern Washington University. I use my Women’s and Gender Studies background to understand the concepts, my English background to write and edit marketing pieces, and my psychology background to advise and recruit students. In addition, I use skills I learned as a Student Programming Specialist at the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women to plan events. I also use experience that I obtained with Alpha Chi Omega as Vice President of Finance to create, manage, and maintain various state and foundation budgets.
What is your greatest professional accomplishment or recent professional accomplishment of note?
I was the chair of the 2017 Spokane International Women’s Day planning committee, which consisted of 15 committee members from different community organizations (Planned Parenthood, YWCA, Gonzaga, Whitworth, Lutheran Community Services, etc). We had 3 events and brought in artist and activist Favianna Rodriguez. We raised over $10,000 in sponsorships and the main event had 200+ attendees.
What programs do you support at CWRU and why?
I will always support organizations like the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and Alpha Chi Omega, both of which made a huge impact on my life and gave me vital skills for my career. I am also indebted to the English, Psychology, and Women’s and Gender Studies programs; in my classes I learned things that I still use on a daily basis, and probably always will.
Do you have advice for current students?
I matriculated with a plan to be an English/Political Science double major and go to law school. As my plans changed, I decided to explore some classes that interested me. It was the best thing that I did. I discovered Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies and found subjects that I was extremely passionate about and that informed my career. Be open to your plans changing and taking classes that interest you; you might be surprised at what you discover.
What is your favorite memory and/or spot on campus?
It’s hard to choose with so many wonderful memories and spots. My favorite memory is probably freshman orientation. I felt so excited and hopeful for the future, and that was before I even realized how wonderful the next 4 years would be. Guilford House is probably my favorite spot – I took many, many classes there, and the history of the building (first women’s dormitory) and feel of it is very cool.
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