Welcome to the Gender and Women’s Studies and LGBTQ+ Studies celebration of 2022 graduates. You will find a few words from Judy Houck, the Department Chair, and from Pernille Ipsen, Director of Graduate Studies.
There are also loads of wonderful quotes and photos from graduates, faculty, and staff.
Find more celebration on the Spring Commencement 2022 page and remember to hashtag your social media with #UWGrad. Best wishes as you graduate. Stay in touch. We love to hear how you are doing and what you are doing in post-graduate life.
To All of Our Graduates –
Congratulations! Your years of discovery, struggle, and determination have brought you here! We celebrate your accomplishments in the classroom and beyond. We love that you’ve shared your journey with us.
Soon you’ll be on to the next thing. On your path, speak your truth, take things on, read fat books, try new food, and take your time. You’ve got this!
– Judy Houck, Evjue-Bascom Professor and Chair in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies and Professor in the Department of History
To Our Graduating MA Students –
We are so proud of the ways that you supported each other during the last two years. You have been so important to the work of our department as energetic scholars and teachers. Thank you! We are so impressed with your work and wish you everything good on your paths.
– Pernille Ipsen, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Gender and Women’s Studies and Professor and Director of the Program in Gender and Women’s History in the Department of History
GWS and/or LGBTQ+ Studies has taught me that there is constant unlearning to be done and we can always strive to understand and know more about people that hold different identities than we do!
With my LGBTQ+ Studies education, I will be a more inclusive therapist and have a positive impact on the field.
GWS has taught me that everything is a construct. Everyone is traumatized.
GWS has taught me that the world is so innately wonderful and tainted. There are so many misrepresented groups that care about people in safe ways, as well as the environment, but the white patriarchy and capitalism threatens and undermines so many. Horrors exist because of them, but the knowledge of indigenous, queer, and communities of color offer hope and resilience to whatever we deal with. GWS taught me to be confident in myself and engage with what is right and uncomfortable.
GWS has taught me that most straight white cis men suck!
GWS has taught me to question old beliefs and constructs to make a more welcoming and educational environment for everyone.
GWS has taught me that there is always a space for open conversation.
GWS has taught me to meet myself and my experiences on a deeper level while listening to and understanding the experiences I may not know!
GWS has taught me that we all need to be better listeners and more open-minded. Even if we don’t agree with someone we can learn a lot from them. I learned that advocacy is so important and that I have the ability to make a difference. Instead of simply not liking something, I should take action to make positive changes happen.
With my GWS education, I will go forth with an appreciation for my amazing experience learning from fantastic, talented faculty & have more hope for the future knowing my colleagues in GWS will change the world and make it a more inclusive, joyful, and empowering place!
GWS has taught me that knowledge, art, friendship and pleasure is empowering and healing. I learned for the first time that I am okay. I will go back to my home country - the home that scared and restricted me, turn it around and make it safer and kinder.
With my GWS education, I will begin a graduate program in Hispanic Language and Literatures at UC-Davis and examine how language, gender, and culture are interconnected in society and scholarly texts. I look forward to embracing the value of diverse perspectives grounded in different lived experiences concerning women's and gender issues as an instructor.
GWS has taught me to value my unique experiences and perspectives and how to apply those, and also how to understand the perspectives of others and build a community together! I will continue to build strong community ties, both with those like me and those not, and hope to make change at both individual and institutional levels.
GWS has taught me that it is important for every person to learn about their privileges, how to be a good ally/how to lift up the voices of others, and that using an intersectional approach is crucial. (also that capitalism is the root cause of all evil). I will go into a career in politics or policy knowing how to advocate for marginalized voices, an understanding of the errors of the systems I am a part of, and how I can work towards mitigating inequities.
GWS has taught me that there is always another perspective to consider. By including people of different backgrounds, you can have a better understanding of the world around you.
GWS has taught me that I can do whatever I put my mind to with a core of justice and equity at heart. I will continue to advocate for the oppressed and the unheard.
With my GWS and/or LGBTQ+ Studies education, I will pursue a PhD. So much research is produced and celebrated, but it is without the contribution and inclusion of marginalized voices. The feminist framework taught to me throughout my GWS journey has provided me with something invaluable and unshakeable. GWS was life-changing and I plan to apply what I've gained here everywhere I go!
With my GWS education, I will work in healthcare to promote and advocate for more inclusive experiences for LGBTQ+ patients, and those marginalized by gender in our society. Specifically, I aim to work within gender affirming surgeries to provide the best care, and aid those transitioning regardless of their decisions on how to do so.
With my GWS education, I will continue to expand my knowledge about the experiences of identities different from my own, while recognizing the areas in which I hold privilege.
You can't look at any situation without using an intersectional lens. Everyone has so many different identities and backgrounds and we have to acknowledge and understand this before we try to approach a problem. With my GWS education, I will do more to protect the rights of marginalized communities in whatever shape or form I can.
With my GWS education, I will continue to consider the multiple layers of gender, sexuality, race, class and even more variables when it comes to the people around me and how I interact with others in the world.
With my GWS and LGBTQ+ Studies education, I will expand my nursing practice in obstetrics and gynecology so that it can be the most inclusive it can be and encourage and educate my peers in the medical community to do the same.
With my GWS education, I will spend my days educating women about their bodies and bringing new life into the world as an OB/GYN. I want to be an agent for change in the way that our society looks at women's bodies and reproductive health. I have learned so much about the doctor that I want to be through my GWS classes, and I hope to be at the forefront of the movement toward a more intersectional and inclusive approach to healthcare.
GWS has taught me how to ask purposeful questions and make real change in building a more beautiful world. I will continue to learn and collaborate with my communities in personal growth and activism.
GWS has taught me that interdependency and community are key in subverting hegemonic systems of oppressions. Centering lived experience and lifting voices of historically marginalized communities is necessary in achieving liberation from white supremacy, patriarchy, heterosexism, and capitalism. I will use this knowledge alongside my Statistics major to draw attention to the results of our oppressive systems and lift the stories of our communities. I hope to work as a data analyst in health care so that I can inform future policy and programs that will protect and advocate for health equity and specifically center BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities.
GWS has taught me that asking critical questions, seeking a balance between beauty and suffering, and bringing love into all of my interactions with myself and others can truly change the world for the better. I have learned so much about my own place in the world, the caring person that I want to be, and the wonderful humans in my community that are likewise dedicated to doing the hard work to create lasting social change.
GWS has taught me the importance of amplifying marginalized voices. With my GWS education I will advocate for gender and sexual minorities, acknowledging the importance of intersectionality.
GWS has taught me to always keep an open mind, and that there is never enough learning to be done. I will be a better advocate as I pursue law school.
GWS has taught me that listening to peoples' experiences is the best way to learn, and I should be proud of who I am, and the GWS advocates of the past who worked to make the world a place where I can be myself.
With my GWS education, I will incorporate intersectionality in all the work I do!
GWS has taught me that the world is full of hidden secrets and that people in power will try to prevent us from lifting the curtain to the oppression that exists today. I have learned to keep asking questions, question norms and that learning is a on-going process that will never end. I have learned to that doing the right thing is not easy and requires courage and the energy to want to do better. I will be a better healthcare professional. I hope to attend medical school and through my GWS courses, have learned about the inequity and health disparities present in the field of medicine. By learning the history of medicine, it's easy to see that it was based on systems of power such as racism, sexism, homophobia and by exploiting marginalized identities. The inhumanity which which this field was founded in rears its ugly head in present day medicine - there is rampant oppression and inaccessibility of medicine to those who need it most. While I cannot change the whole institution of medicine, I can challenge the status quo by being intentional, exhibiting patience throughout my interactions with patients and taking the time to understand the social factors and intergenerational traumas that are not often addressed. As a physician, I hope not only to improve health but also to help people help themselves by having my own clinic.
With my GWS and/or LGBTQ+ Studies education, I will utilize my experience to work for and with organizations that are dedicated to securing women's rights and reproductive freedoms in the U.S and around the world.
Everyone needs and deserves a seat at the table. GWS taught me all about fat liberation, disability justice, sexuality, trans rights and so so much more. I have learned the importance of intersectionality, of lived embodiment and of centering and uplifting diverse experiences in the overall fight for gender and queer justice and equity. I will miss this department dearly.
With my GWS education, I will be able to apply a greater understanding of people's experiences to my everyday life. I am not going into a career field related to GWS, but I value having meaningful interactions with others and being able to discuss current events with a broader perspective.
With my GWS education, I will continue to break boundaries and create safe spaces within my own community through therapeutic work.
With my GWS education, I will bring the excellent feminist, queer, and trans activist education I have received to my work as a therapist to support my clients.
With my GWS education, I will apply what I've learned to help create an inclusive space wherever I am and use my knowledge to have conversations about the importance of diversity and equity.
With my GWS education, I will advocate for women and LGBTQ+ communities to ensure they have fair and adequate resources to be successful.
With my GWS education, I will continue to fight for gender equality and queer equality in my everyday life, including in further education, in professional settings, and in personal life. Having a background in GWS and LGBTQ+ studies has and will continue to provide me with academic arguments and scholarly writing to support my efforts to encourage gender and queer equality in every aspect of my life.
With my LGBTQ+ Studies education, I will be able to use a lens of equity and intersectionality in all of my public service work.
GWS has taught me how to be a better human. From taking various classes in the department I have gained insight into how to view issues from multiple different perspectives. I have also learned of the vast injustices that many individuals have / continue to experience---with a particular focus on health related injustices, as I have focused my GWS coursework on reproductive health. I will continue to use the knowledge I've gained from my time at Madison to fight for reproductive justice and health equity for all.
With my LGBTQ+ Studies education, I will provide LGBTQ+ affirming health care to queer people disproportionately affected by illness.
GWS has been invaluable to me. It has allowed me to take courses from life-changing professors and has shown me new lenses through which I can understand the world around me.
GWS has taught me that we all experience life differently! None of these experiences are right or wrong, but we owe it to everyone to be inclusive, representative, and accommodating. Listen to others, treat them graciously, advocate for yourself and others, and whenever you can try to help yourself and others live well.
GWS has taught me that any discipline can benefit from incorporating inclusivity and understanding into its framework and that these tenets should be interdisciplinary. The sciences are traditionally thought of as objective. Yet, scientists are human, and therefore unconsciously bring their biases with them when they conduct research. Because of this, science and GWS should not be thought of as mutually exclusive areas of study, but should instead work in tandem to eliminate discrimination in all facets of society. I have found ways to apply my GWS studies in my statistics and computer science courses here, and I am excited for a future where many others will do the same in their own fields of study.
GWS has taught me that the world around us is skewed in a way that is tailored to patriarchal notions which has thus created many of the ways in which we learn, socialize, and exist. It is our job to make this transparent to others in order to create a more just society in which we can all coexist on equal grounds. I will use my knowledge to create a life for myself that is empowering, one of which does not necessarily abide by current societal expectations but one of which allows me to be and become the best version of myself I can be.
Faculty and Staff Appreciations
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies - Pernille Ipsen
I can't believe you have made it all the way here, to this third pandemic spring. I am so tired, and I didn't have to graduate from college this year! You are amazing!
I hope you get to shape our society with all your kindness, resolve, and brilliance!
Lecturer - Kate Phelps
My students are leaders, great thinkers, writers, artists, and dreamers. They have big minds and big hearts and they know how to use them. They make me endlessly proud to be a GWS educator.
Continued resilience looks like laughter, levity, and the will to do good, mixed in with rage, sadness, and uncertainty. We have been there for each other as a learning community and it has been such good medicine.
Use your knowledge, make yourself heard, hear others, keep fighting the good fight, don't give up, and change the world.
MA Student and Teaching Assistant - Maddi Whaley
I hope you sleep for as long as you need to and find smiles in small things wherever possible.
Assistant Professor - Kelly Marie Ward
Find joy in figuring out how you want to be in the world!
Undergraduate Advisor - Susan Nelson
I wish joy, laughter, and rest (a nap even!) for our 2022 graduates.
I am proud of our students thoughtfulness, their kindness, their innovative spirit, and their totally amazing commitment to making change happen (even in very difficult moments like this one).
Assistant Professor - Ruth Goldstein
GWS and LGBTQ+ Studies students are inspiring and committed to social justice! May you be proud of your accomplishments!
Department Administrator - Jamie Gratrix
I am so proud of GWS Students & their commitment to social justice, learning, & working to create change.
Associate Professor - Sami Schalk
Students have continued to practice care for themselves and others by masking even when it was no longer required and thinking deeply together about how the pandemic impacts certain people more than others.
My students make me proud by showing up for political organizing and pushing for change inside and outside of the university.
I wish the class of 2022 pleasure, freedom and fulfillment in their next steps.
Associate Professor - Keisha Lindsay
Our students make me proud by being curious, questioning, and Kind
I hope you find continued resilience by creating and participating in support networks.
Explore new places and ideas beyond your comfort zone and have fun!
MA Students in GWS
Julia De Georgeo
LGBTQ+ Studies Certificates
GWS Certificates, continued
Kay Romanin, II
Kylie Ver Kuilen
Mai Chia Xiong