Evan White '18

Tell us a little bit about your background.

My name is Evan White & I’m a Junior WGSS Major at Wooster. I’m from the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia where I attended Eastern Mennonite High School.

When and why did you decide to become a WGSS major (or minor)?

I decided to become a WGSS major after taking an Intro course with Dr. Krutzsch. I wasn’t doing well in my courses I was taking for my intended major at the time. But studying, or at least learning to talk about gender & sexuality and how our consciousness of it affects us, was entirely compelling.

What is your favorite part about being a WGSS major (or minor) at the College of Wooster?

My favorite part about being a WGSS Major at Wooster is the intimate size of the department. I am able to stop by any of my professors’ offices at any time and chat with them and I know most of my peer WGSS majors. This creates an environment in which we are comfortable enough to really pick apart papers or theories without feeling threatened.

How do you plan on utilizing your WGSS degree after graduating?

I would absolutely love to teach Sex-Ed. I always cringe at remembering being taught about abstinence-only birth control… If I could do a better job of educating young people about the fluidity, freedom, and the agency they have of their sexuality and gender, it would be incredibly gratifying.

What is the most interesting/important thing that you have learned or discovered by being a WGSS major (or minor)?

Being a WGSS major has changed my life. I had never heard of they/them/their pronouns or gender fluidity or the AIDS epidemic before coming to Wooster. I suppose the most important thing I’ve discovered while studying WGSS is the ability to always question and analyze my and others’ actions, in every realm.

Who is your favorite feminist icon and why?

Alok Vaid-Menon is my favorite feminist icon right now. They are part of a nonbinary trans performance duo, “Darkmatter" and I highly recommend liking the page on Facebook. They are an incredible writer and poet and they never fail to inspire one’s love for their own gender performance.