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What YOU can do With a Women's Studies Degree

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“We have students going into public health, international policy, journalism, politics, filmmaking, education— careers that allow them to effect change.”
—Beverly Guy-Sheftall                                




     SCSU Women's Studies alumni Transforming the World

Carol Ann Avery
is a Social Studies Teacher at Staples High School and Women's Studies/History Adjunct Professor at UCONN Stamford.

Allison Bass (2011) received her Graduate Certificate in 2011 and is currently a Grant Assistant at the SCSU Women's Center as well as an adjunct faculty member in the SCSU English Department.

Jill Bassett is currently working at the Connecticut Department of Education

Odessa Bates (2006) Graduated from SCSU in 2006. She currently lives in her hometown of Great Barrington, MA with her 2 year old son, Lucas Stone.  She is currently a substance abuse clinician at the Berkshire County House of Corrections for female inmates.  As an SCSU student, Odessa was Secretary for Triota.

Melinda Bronson is a Flamenco Artist and Educator  

Anne Bubriski (now Bubriski-McKenzie) (WMS MA '09) is teaching online in Women's Studies at University of Central Florida, where she got her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2013.

Starsheemar Byrum (2011) is the Director of the Women's Center at Eastern Connecticut State University

Tania Carrasquillo Hernandez (WMS Graduate Certificate 2008) will embark her tenure-track full-time teaching in Spanish at Linfield College, Oregan, this fall after two years of visiting professorship at University of Northern Iowa.  (Tania received her Ph.D. in Spanish from University of Iowa in 2013.)

Kelly Chapman (2005) is the Director of Membership Services for the Girl Scouts of Connecticut

Rafael Cordwell is a Hall Director at Western Connecticut State University

Cathy Christy (2003) is the Director of the Women's Center at SCSU 

Patricia Cruz (WMS MA 2014), is working full-time as an Education Coordinator for the Medical School at University California, San Francisco.  

Katie Cushman (2010) is a Domestic Violence Advocate and Yale Behavioral Health Social Work Intern

Karina Danvers (2005) is Director of the Connecticut AIDS Education and Training Center at the Yale School of Nursing 

Ines deAsis (2006) is pursuing a Doctorate in philosophy at St. Andrews University in Scotland

Melinda Fisher (Graduate Certificate 2011) earned an Advanced Graduate Women's Studies Certificate. She is currently working for a Master of Arts in Sociology and Education with a Policy Studies Concentration in the Education Policy and Social Analysis Department at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Jessica Kelly (2010) is currently Program Coordinator of the LGBT Resource Center at the George Washington University

Susan D'Onofrio (2003) is an Adjunct Professor of Women's Studies at SCSU and Director of ISOP Operations at News America Marketing (trying to make a difference by breaking through the glass ceiling!). In her daytime job Susan applies a feminist approach to everything she does from managing her staff of four to conducting meetings and training for a Sales team of several hundred.

Jillian Eagles-Woychowski (2009) Earned a B.S. in English/Secondary Education  and a M.A. in Women's Studies.  Jillian is the mother of a 4 year old boy, and has worked as a teacher in West Haven for 10 years.  She currently teaches 10th grade American literature and is the advisor to the Class of 2013.

Randa Eason is currently a teacher of Social Science at West Haven High School 

Cathy Gennert is an Adjunct faculty member of Women's Studies and Sociology at SCSU

Margaret Goralski (2004) Received her Ph.D. in International Management in 2009 from the International School of Management in Paris. She is currently an  adjunct faculty member of Women's Studies at SCSU and Quinnipiac.

Barbara Gurr (2003) Received her Ph.D. in Sociology from UConn, where she is currently a Visiting Professor of Sociology. 

Carol Huckaby has recently retired from her position as the Director of Programs at the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies. 

Jennifer A. Hudson (Graduate Certificate 2002) is the operations and grants manager for Faculty Development at Southern, and also teaches Women's Studies and English part-time. Her papers, articles, fiction and poetry have appeared in several international and national journals and literary magazines.  Ms. Hudson's research interests include women writers and women's writing, feminist theory, utopian fiction, sexualities and genders, women and spirituality, popular culture, composition, and eLearning and multiliteracies. She has presented her research in these areas at several regional, national, and international conferences. She also serves as editorial assistant to Goddess Theology: An International Journal for the Study of Feminism and Religion.

Leah Knowles (2011) is currently working as a faculty assistant in the Belfer Center for International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Her goal is to become more involved with the Carr Center for Human Rights as they are establishing an anti-trafficking research initiative. Human trafficking was the theme of the graduate conference Leah helped plan at SCSU and the topic of her thesis. 

Katja Koehnlein (Graduate Certificate 2012) is continuing her work with girls and young women in Seattle, Washington. 

Mike Kwet (WMS MA 2011) is well in progress for his doctoral work in Sociology at Rhodes University, South Africa.

Maura Jo Lynch, RMT, MA, CD, CBE, CCCE has worked for several positive youth development nonprofit and for-profit programs part-time; has been given the challenging opportunity to raise two young women, daughters, with as little gender bias as possible; and has worked for several years as a  Certified Doula (Professional Labor and Birth Assistant) and Certified Childbirth Educator, working with expectant families of diverse backgrounds and situations as they birth in hospital, birth center and at home with Certified Professional Midwives (CPM).  She is a Parent Leadership Training Institute graduate, and since graduating from that program, has served as a Board Member for Meriden Children First, Birth Network National and United Families for Midwifery Care, bringing awareness to birth options and health care choices around maternity and infant care, and working to improve the local community and the lives of people who live there.  

Tiffani McCoy (2012) is currently pursuing her second Master's Degree in International Affairs at the New School in New York City and serving as an adjunct faculty member in the SCSU Anthropology Department. 

Katherine (Stephenson) McDonald (2008) is an Adjunct Professor at Mitchell College, Three Rivers Community College and SCSU. She teaches Intro to Women's Studies, Intro to College Writing, Writing & Research, Intro to Sociology and Freshman Seminar.

Kim McKeage (2012) is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Christan Moran (2008) received her J.D. from UConn in 2013.  She now has her own practice, dedicated to women's rights issues.  

Rebekah Ohlsen (2010) is currently the Coordinator of Permanent Supportive Housing at Columbus House in New Haven. The mission of Columbia House is to serve individuals who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless by providing shelter and housing and by fostering their personal growth and independence. As Coordinator, Rebekah is responsible for case managing clients as well as supervising several other case managers/sites.

Bogyean Ok is a PhD student of Gender and Women's Studies as well as a researcher and instructor at National Seoul University

Kristen Pavlik (2006) is the Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Ashiah Richeme is Residence Director at Westfield State University, and a new adjunct professor in the Ethnic & Gender Studies Program. 

Anne Rizza (2005) is an English teacher at Trumbull High School (CT) 

Noralis Rodriguez-Coss (2008) is currently a doctoral candidate in Feminist Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. 

Sarah Saiano (2008) has taught in the Women's Studies Program at Quinnipiac  since spring 2011. She is also employed as a research assistant in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University where she is on the Executive Board of the Union of Clerical and Technical Workers at Yale - Local 34 of Unite HERE International Union.
In summer 2011, Sarah ran for alderman of her ward in New Haven (Ward 18) in the Democratic Primary Election in the city of New Haven.
Although she did not prevail in that election, she intends to stay politically active.

Lynn Westling (2008) is a Visiting Associate Professor of Physics at Wesleyan University  

Tiara Willie (WMS MA 2012) is current the doctoral program  in Public Health at Yale. 

Katherine Wiltshire (2003) is the Executive Director of the Women's Hall of Fame located at Southern Connecticut State University

Jessica York is the Academic Program Manager at Post University.

Ellen Zitani is completing her Doctoral degree in History at City University in New York, and is working as an Adjunct Faculty at Hunter College, City Universityof New York. 


The status of SCSU Women's Studies alumni was last updated September 2014.