What drew you to the minor?
I took my first gender course with JMAC and it opened me up to so the intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality and it left me wanting to learn more about gender and sexuality issues. I decided to declare because I think its so important to learn about ourselves and society through the lenses that I've been exposed. Also, the only way to change systems of oppression is to learn how it works which I am learning in my Minor. Also the faculty in the department are so welcoming and supportive.
What are some of the most important things you have learned so far?
One of the most important things that I've learned so far is how to be a transnational feminist. I took Transnational Feminism with Professor Mahrou Zhaf and learned that supporting other women in other countries can be easier to do than I thought. After that course I started looking for organizations that do fair trade to buy from and learned through a friend about Ten Thousand village, a store where the products come from mostly women from the so called "developing countries" and the profit goes directly to them. I've also learned a lot about myself and gender studies has taken me out of my comfort zone. I consider myself a feminist and an activist now and I want to get involved in more social and gender justice movements.
How will what you have learned help you once you graduate?
The education that I am receiving through Gender and Sexuality studies will help me in anything that I choose to do, I am sure of it. I have learned to become more intersectional and not just care about the issues that only affect me. I am now able to have conversations about different issues with people that I normally disagree with. This was something that I've struggled with in the past. I also want to work with organizations concerning social justice and minoring in GSS will help me tremendously when in action.