Students Perspective

Our Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies majors and minor come from many different backgrounds and have many different stories about what drew them to WGSS. One thing that they share is a commitment to the feminist principle of creating a more just world for all. Demonstrating that commitment, many are involved in groups across campus and in the community, such as:

  • The Black Women’s Organization (BWO) and Black Students Association (BSA), which WGSS worked with to bring activists like Bree Newsome, who removed the Confederate Flag from the South Carolina State House grounds in 2015, and Cherrell Brown, the Community Engagement Director for Kimberlé Crenshaw’s African American Policy Forum
  • The Queer Student Union (QSU) and Queer People of Color (QPOC), whose members worked with WGSS students and the College Administration to establish All Gender Bathrooms across campus
  • k(NO)w, a group that works against sexual violence and to foster sexual respect on campus, which has many WGSS students among its leadership
  • Off-campus volunteering, internships, and practicums (which offer academic credit) for Planned Parenthood,the LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland, the AIDS Health Foundation of Cleveland, and OneEighty (formerly Every Woman’s House and STEPS), which provides a local shelter for domestic violence and sexual assault support and substance abuse treatment, education, and prevention efforts
  • And writing articles for the student-run newspaper, The Voice, to promote initiative lies: anti-racist efforts on campus, working as a community against sexual violence, and articulating a feminist perspective on bringing Meatless Monday to campus

Read some of their stories …

Vrinda Trivedi '18
Majors: WGSS & Political Science
From: Strongsville, OH

Evan White '18
Major: WGSS
From: Shenandoah Valley, VA

Hailey Malzeke '19
Majors: WGSS & Sociology
From: Mayfield Heights, OH

Marina Adams '18
Major: WGSS & History
From: Brasilia, Brazil

Sarah “Onyx” Marosi '17
Majors: WGSS & Psychology
From: Bay Village, OH