|Alyssa Antun is planning on taking a year off from school to work as an intern in Washington D.C. surrounding public health issues. After that she plans on going to graduate school to get her master’s degree in maternal and child healthcare. Women and gender studies has been a great tool for Alyssa to study her passion of women’s health and the disparities healthcare is plagued with.
Adriana Barsan would like to thank her family, friends, classmates and professors, specifically the women and gender studies faculty and staff, Professor Roland and those she traveled with in Cuba, for all the support, inspiration, and opportunities they have provided over the years. In the future, she intends to go on to medical school. In the meantime, she will continue to work at Attention Homes, a non-profit in Boulder, and pursue her doula training.
Caitlin Gabriella Carranza is excited to be graduating with a double degree in women and gender studies and anthropology. She would like to thank her family for everything they’ve done over the years. She would not be here or have made it through the difficult times without their continued support and love guiding her.
Cece Clarridge majored in political science for three years before discovering that she could major in women and gender studies in her last year. These majors have been complementary for her, with political science allowing her the opportunity to do research on school boards with a professor and gaining a UROP grant, while women and gender studies has increased her involvement in student groups and political activism, particularly within the Gender Justice League. She hopes to pursue a life filled with feminist activism, and to continue her favorite hobby: climbing. She wants to thank her family: Bob, Ursula, and Kay for being there for her when things got rough. She also wants to thank her favorite belayer: Steely, for always catching her when she falls. And a thanks to Lucy for being such a wonderful mentor. She would also like to thank every women and gender studies professor she’s had here at CU for tirelessly teaching her the language of self-empowerment.
Cassy Gonzalez is graduating magna cum laude in sociology with a thesis on the need for intersectional preventative measures to combat domestic human trafficking. She will be heading to San Francisco State University for a master’s program in women and gender studies and will be expanding on her undergraduate thesis work. Cassy would like to thank her friends and family, “particularly Mama and Daddy, for supporting and encouraging me to pursue my dreams and passions”.
Meagan Maddock has spent her time at CU as an activist, leading student groups like Amnesty International CU and Advocates for Choice, and volunteering with the Women’s Resource Center and the Student Worker Alliance Program. She studied abroad in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, where she interned for local feminist organizations, and she plans to return after graduation. She is the recipient of the 2011 Jean Dubofsky Scholarship and the 2013 Van Ek Award. She wants to thank her family for all of their love, support, and laughter.
Crystal Marshall is graduating with a double major in women and gender studies and political science, with a certificate in peace and conflict studies. She is preparing to take the LSAT and plans on attending law school in the fall of 2014. She would like to thank her mom, Maggie, for everything she’s done these past four years, for always being there, and making sure her experience at CU was nothing short of amazing!
Candice Mashburn came to WGST from engineering two years ago. She was recently nominated for volunteer of the month at the Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN) and will become a team captain for their domestic abuse response team (DART) this summer. She is pretty expert at nail art, riding bikes, and being positive. She also asserts that unicorns are real.
Elise Matatall is graduating with a degree in psychology and women and gender studies and was awarded magna cum laude for her honors thesis in women and gender studies entitled “Taking the Pulse: Feminist Activists in Belgrade,” which included research from a semester abroad in the Balkans. In 2012 she was awarded the Susannah Chase Memorial Scholarship, she participated in the Kittredge Honors Program, and shouted at big, tall men as a coxswain for the University of Colorado men’s rowing team for her first two years at CU. Elise plans to satisfy her wanderlust by traveling to Manizales, Colombia in July for 7 weeks after which she will begin working for Friends of the Children in Seattle through a yearlong service program. Elise would like to wholeheartedly thank everyone from her extensive “family” for their support during this long journey; biological (or not), professional, academic, and everyone in between.
|Renee Roberts is graduating magna cum laude with degrees in ethnic studies and gender studies, a certificate in the study and practice of leadership from INVST Community Leadership program and a certificate in peace and conflict studies. She worked in the Hallett Diversity Program as a resident advisor and as co-outreach coordinator for the Women’s Resource Center. She served as co-chair of Queer People of Color and president of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority. She was also honored to receive the 2013 Undergraduate Equality and Excellence Award from the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE). She would like to thank all of the incredible staff, faculty, friends, and family that have supported her along the way!
Mariela Ruiz is a Xicana native from Boulder, graduating with a double major in ethnic studies and women and gender studies. She was honored as a woman of her generation at the 90th anniversary of the YWCA of Boulder County last year. Mariela will continue working at Women’s Health and spend time with her beautiful 6 month old baby.
Kylie Spivak is graduating with a triple major in psychology, sociology, and women and gender studies. She would like to thank her amazing father, Randy Spivak, for all of this support and financial contributions that have helped make her college career so successful. Woohoo! She did it!
Lindsey Tagen is graduating with honors and triple majors in economics, political science, and women and gender studies. Her honor’s thesis focus is the application of international relations and security theories to a feminist construction of the US emergency management sector. Her future plans include ruling the world with her twin sister. She is blessed to have the unconditional support and love of her family and friends, and she could not be the person she is today without them.
Elise Toutant says “don’t live down to expectations, go and do something remarkable. Graduation is not the end its the beginning.” Elyse also thanks the two most amazing women in her life for leading the way, she adores you both.
Emily Wesley has absolutely loved her last four years at CU-Boulder. She would like to thank her Grandpa, for inspiring her toward social change through all of those Monopoly games, Grandma Sharon for instilling a love of reading, Grandma Glenda for her love of music and singing, Frank for being her Atticus Finch, Kenny for teaching her how to put on that poker face, and her mom and dad for birthing her into this beautiful world. “That’s the best mother in the world sitting up there.” Emily never could have done this without the support and love from all of you.
Tessa Williams proudly served as this year’s co-president of Triota, the women and gender studies honors society. She sought adventure in her junior year through a study abroad program in Regensburg, Germany, where she participated in an international intensive language program. She also contributed to activist projects on campus, such as Denim Days, through her allegiance to the Gender Justice League, the women and gender studies leadership practicum. Tessa would like to give a big thanks to her Moral Support Squad, Champions of Personal Growth, Guardians of Sanity, Defenders of Morality and Crusaders of Levity!
Mira Winograd is graduating with a double major in women’s studies and sociology. She is graduating summa cum laude for her thesis in sociology that explored college aged students understanding of race through the lens of racial humor. She wants to thank her parents for all of the love and support they have given her throughout her college career.
Betsey Yadon is graduating with a double major in history and women and gender studies. She studied abroad in England during the spring 2012 semester and it served to increase her desire to see the world. Whatever the future may hold for her, she hopes it will happen in as many different countries as possible.
Kelsey Young is graduating with honors and a B.A. in women & gender studies and psychology, She has had an incredible college experience, in which she learned some really important things from school, but a lot more about herself. Fortunate enough to have already found a full-time job, she will be sticking around in Boulder to work and apply to grad school, while making sure to get in a fair share of relaxation and hiking. Uncertain of what exactly is to come, Kelsey does know that all she wants to really do is help others in some way. She is so thankful for her family and friends, their support and love has been invaluable. Specifically, she would like to thank her parents for how much they have sacrificed for her!