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MARCOS GONZALEZ

CLASS OF 2015

Currently Studying:

QUEER STUDIES MINOR

Marcos Gonsalez
"Queer Studies, for me, has been a home away from home..."

-MARCOS GONSALEZ '15

Queer Studies, for me, has been a home away from home, where I have encountered a community of fellow students and faculty who support, challenge, and inspire each other to evaluate and understand LGBTQ existence. Due to enrollment in my Queer Theory course and with assistance from my Queer Studies advisor, Dr. Stephanie Hsu, I  was able to obtain my first internship at HIAS, a nonprofit organization that assists refugees and asylum seekers as they resettle in NYC.  My role entailed conducting research, translating Arabic, and writing on behalf of queer refugees and asylum seekers coming from Africa and the Middle East. My goal upon graduation is to pursue a PhD in English. As I leave Pace, I will take the lessons I learned from my Queer Studies courses and Dyson family on the importance of pushing the boundaries of what we know, of celebrating our differences, and uplifting one another in academia as well as in our professions.

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JAMIE POPOVICS

CLASS OF 2015

Currently Studying:

WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES & ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

Jamie Popovics
" I feel the courses I have taken have challenged my beliefs and made me consider things in new ways..."

-JAMIE POPOVICS '14

I started at Pace as an English major, taking women and gender studies classes as electives. After each one I wanted to take more and more, and finally decided to double major. It was one of the best decisions I have made. I've always been interested in the topics we discuss in women's studies classes and the course offerings offer a wide platform for discourse. I feel the courses I have taken have challenged my beliefs and made me consider things in new ways that have had a tremendous impact on my everyday life.

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TARA HITESHAW

CLASS OF 2016

Currently Studying:

WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES

Tara Hiteshaw
"...Pace is a platform of writing-intensive and politically-charged classes that fuel my passions..."

-TARA HITESHAW '16

The Women’s and Gender Studies curriculum at Pace is a platform of writing-intensive and politically-charged classes that fuel my passions for gender equality and activism. The program has provided me the tools to combine my passion for writing and politics into one degree.

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MELODY ESTEVEZ

CLASS OF 2017

Currently Studying:

WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES & PSYCHOLOGY

Melody Estevez
"To be taught in a straight forward, unflinching manner is what sets the Women and Gender Studies apart..."

-MELODY ESTEVEZ '17

I love being a part of the Women’s and Gender Studies department because of the inclusivity and loving community in each class I have taken. To be taught in a straight forward, unflinching manner is what sets the Women and Gender Studies apart from the rest. I am constantly exploring the history, issues, and rhetoric of gender around the world and what it means to be a woman in the 21st century. More importantly, sharing a safe space with people from different walks of life has given me the opportunity to become a better ally to all.

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LESLIE ALSTON

CLASS OF 2014

Currently Studying:

WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES & COMMUNICATION STUDIES

Leslie Alston
"I have been awarded the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the best professors..."

-LESLIE ALSTON '14

Choosing to be a part of the Women's and Gender Studies major has shaped so many aspects of my life. I have been awarded the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the best professors, who have helped me and furthered my career and involvement in the Pace community, whether it be from writing a recommendation to enhancing my knowledge in the field.

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