GWS Student Spotlight – Jamie Goldin

Jamie Goldin is double-majoring in Gender & Women’s Studies and Social Work.

1.Why did you choose GWS?

I chose GWS because I am passionate about social justice issues and learning about the intersections between various systems of privilege and oppression. Specifically, I am interested in learning how to deconstruct and dismantle oppressive systems and ideas. As a queer and trans person myself, I am also interested in exploring issues that relate to my own identity and communities that I am a part of.

2. Has GWS changed your approach to your involvement (on or off campus) during college? If so, how?

I feel that GWS has increased my involvement in campus organizations relating to gender and sexuality. For example, I attend GSCC (Gender and Sexuality Campus Center) events. In addition, I was in Open House my freshman year of college which is a learning community for members of the LGBTQ+ community. Through GWS, I have been able to extend my involvement on campus to communities that I identify with and feel accepted by.

3. How has GWS shaped your future plans?

GWS has influenced by future plans in terms of the field of social work that I want to pursue. I am interested in gender equity and securing rights for transgender people. Particularly, I want to work to legally protect gender-affirming care for trans youth and adults among other rights. I believe that GWS is an important subject to focus on in social work since the field works with various marginalized groups.