Women’s Studies graduates have been hugely successful in furthering the College’s goals of civic engagement and social justice through their graduate work in MA and PhD programs (including law, women’s studies, African American studies, social work, public policy, public health, medicine, and education), and their employment and leadership in education, public health, non profits and other social justice related jobs and organizations. Here are but a few examples of Women’s Studies alumni who have not only been successful in finding employment, but who demonstrate a commitment to gender and racial justice through their work:
- Maria Cabral ’12 is excited about starting her new job with the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.
- Jeri Essagof ’12 just started law school and is already involved with the legal association for women and law students for reproductive justice. On election day she plans to join other law students and lawyers doing voter protection at the polls.
- Emilia Lewin-Karras ‘12 is preparing to begin her work as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Azerbaijan.
- Katie MacDonald ’12 is working hard as the campaign manager on Cynthia Dill’s US Senate political campaign. Katie says that her political work has caused her to reflect on and “appreciate every moment of my time as a Women’s Studies major at Wheaton.”
- Alyssa Colby ‘11 teaches at Central High School and East Corinth Academy (Maine).
- Roxanne Azari ’10 won a prestigious Watson Fellowship and has recently been accepted into graduate programs in Women’s Studies at NYU and London School of Economics.
- Caitlin Libby ’10 works for Teach for America (Oakland, CA) (she was the only student from Wheaton College to be selected for TFA in 2010).
- Annisha Romney ’10 worked for Women Empowered through Cape Area Networking before entering the Master’s Program for Women in Politics and Policy at UMass Boston. She also works as a legislative intern for the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.
- Melanie Sosinski ’10 worked for the National Organization of Women and taught at the Auxiliares de Conversacion (Spain) before starting her current job with the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.
- Romel Antoine ’08 works as the Whole School Whole Child Manager at City Year (San Jose, CA)
- Cassandra Baxter ‘07 went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Women and Public Policy and now works as a Project Coordinator for Thrive in 5 (Boston), and early childhood initiative at the United Way, Boston – works as a Program Associate for Mathematica Policy Research, a social policy research organization specializing in health and human service program evaluation and data collection . Has interned with the Crittenton Women’s Union, the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus, and the Wheelock College’s Office of Government Affairs. Has volunteered at the Boston Women’s Fund and the Committee to Elect Sonia Chang-Diaz.
- Monique Wright ’07 is Prevention Services Coordinator at the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center.
- Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz ’94 worked at the National Organization of Women and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force before founding her own social justice organization, Intersections/Intersecciones Consulting (note: Weiner-Mahfuz declared Women’s Studies as an independent major, before our major was institutionalized in 1997).
Our alumni claim that their work in Women’s Studies fundamentally transformed the way in which they understood the world, and had a direct impact on their ability to secure employment and/or acceptance in graduate programs. Roxanne Azari ’10 states:
“I always knew the world was unjust, but being a Women’s Studies major aided me with the knowledge to understand social inequalities, the language to describe injustices, and the tools to be apart of political, economical, and social change. Being a Women’s Studies major inspired my Watson Fellowship and influenced my passion to learn about and engage within women’s activism globally.”
And Lisa Weiner-Mahfuz ‘94, one of the very first students to major in Women’s Studies says:
“My work has been heavily influenced by my time at Wheaton, and in particular, my work as a Women’s Studies major. Much of my commitment to racial justice work started at Wheaton, was fueled by the invisibility of the work of women of color in our classes and now carries through to my work and lives beyond Wheaton.”
Women’s Studies graduates have formed an active group of alumni who remain connected to Wheaton through Women’s Studies. A core group return to Wheaton annually to meet with, mentor, and offer career advice to current majors either in the context of the Women’s Studies senior seminar, or through co-curricular programming such as our very successful “Feminist Futures” event which included alumni and other professional women.