Alumni Features

 

What have past Gender Studies students said about the program?

 

Erica Skarohlid, Class of 2015

Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America

I am a double major in Communication and Gender Studies. I will be working with the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

I think studying gender is important because it helps open your eyes to the different realities of those around us. Everyone comes from a unique background and the gender studies courses help you gain perspective about those differences. It is often assumed that gender classes focus strictly on women or the relationship between men and women but there are a lot of other variables at play that help one to understand the diverse world around us. Plus it is really interesting, the topics covered in classes range from major historical events to how new age media plays a part and everything in between. You leave the classes feeling as if you learned something you can always take with you. 

 

 

Kaitlyn Huntington, Class of 2014

Resource Development VISTA
Habitat for Humanity

Currently, I am a Resource Development VISTA for Habitat for Humanity in St. Paul. As a VISTA I have a yearlong service term where I will be helping with donor relations. I help reach out to donors and think of ways to build relationship others have with habitat. I have learned a lot about housing issues and poverty and this relates back to many of my gender classes. Housing affects everyone, but often Habitat works with single parent families and mothers trying to provide a stable home for their children.

Habitat has also done a fabulous job of breaking stereotypes around the construction industry. Several times a year a group of women host "Women Build" build sites and complete a house built entirely by women. Many of the women say they feel empowered to create a house from the ground up and I am happy to be a part of this organization!