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AKOSUA JOHNSON, Graduated 2010

Ms. Johnson graduated from OU with a Bachelor's of arts in Women and Gender Studies and a minor in Sociology. She is currently in the Master’s of arts counseling program and she will be graduating in the winter of 2013.  Akosua is the Counseling Intern for the Center for Multicultural Initiatives at Oakland University.    Read more...

ALESHA BROWN, Graduated 2011
"Soon after graduation, I was made full-time and I've been doing shows in and out of town practically every week since then. There's nothing like doing what you love for a living, but you know that. I brag about you all the time  , after using my knowledge gained from Methods of Feminist Analysis. Hehe :-) Quite a few simple visits have turned into very intellectual debates, but it's fun!

Aside from my job, I have also been very busy with my first album which will release on April 12th. It is SO exciting seeing all of the hard work paying off. 

ANDREA ROSSI, Graduated 2010

"I am a 2010 O.U. graduate with a B.A. in Women and Gender Studies.  I will treasure my experiences in that program as some of my fondest memories.  I benefitted from the intimate class sizes and the supportive compassion of y WGS professors.  I felt at home in the WGS program and look back on it fondly and with great pride in my school and education. I am a 2010 O.U. graduate with a B.A. in Women and Gender Studies.  I will treasure my experiences in that program as some of my fondest memories.  I benefited from the intimate class sizes and the supportive compassion of my WGS professors.  I felt at home in the WGS program and look back on it fondly and with great pride in my school and my education.

I went on to Michigan State University College of Law where I am in my second of three years to acquire my Juris Doctor.  Law school is a great leap from the comforting sphere of my WGS undergraduate studies.  I am nonetheless prepared for the challenge and feel that I have an advantage over students who pursued traditional pre-law, political science, etc. type undergrad degrees.  I am able to look at legal concepts from more dimensions and with a more analytical eye for how solutions may create more problems than anticipated at first glance, and from more perspectives than just that of the privileged.

My WGS degree will be a big contributor in making me a great (if not humble), compassionate, and thoughtful attorney someday soon.  Because of this I owe a great debt to the WGS program and faculty, and I highly recommend the program.   Go Grizzlies!" -Andrea C. Rossi  


Samantha will be attending the University of South Florida fall 2012 to work on her master's in Women and Gender Studies.  Samantha was our 2009-2010 Mary Van Sell Scholarship awardee.  Samantha writes that she is "...very pleased with my choice and I cannot wait to get started"!


"I graduated in December 2010 with a major in Political Science and minor in Women and Gender Studies. In January of 2011 I got a job with Oakland County Circuit Court - Family Division as a juvenile probation officer.   My experience at OU has taught me to be a strong, confident, and independent career woman. The WGS program has assisted me in being a juvenile probation officer. Each day I work with parents, youths, and the community and take into account both the needs of the child and the protection of the community. WGS opened my eyes to the struggles that women, children, and men face everyday. These challenges are seen in my profession and I believe I have an insight on how to handle and help these families due to being a part of the WGS program.   Lastly, the biggest thing that the WGS program has personally given me is to embrace who I am. Being a WGS minor was a personal journey on discovering my strengths and what I can accomplish in the world."  

BRAELIN SETTLE - Graduated 2009

"I graduated from the WGS program in May of 2009.  I started at Wayne State the following fall and just completed all coursework for the M.A. in Sociology.  I'm in the process of writing my thesis titled "Social Experiences of Voluntarily Childless Women."  The study focuses on the experiences and stigma that voluntarily childless women face and comparing women who are still in their childbearing years and those beyond them.  I recently won first place in WSU's Sociology Research and Award Day's poster contest, which discussed my thesis.  After earning my MA I plan on pursuing my PhD (not sure where yet).  OU's WGS program really helped me prepare for grad school in making me a stronger writer, verbal communicator, and researcher.   I couldn't have asked for a better undergraduate education." 

LAURA HOEHNER - Graduated 2007

Women's Studies and History double major accepted at Eastern Michigan University for the fall of 2008.  Before starting at EMU she shadowed the community outreach and education coordinator at HAVEN Oakland County, AND,  attended the 160th Women's Rights Convention Anniversary at Seneca Falls, New York    

WENDI JOHNSON - Graduated 2006

Women's Studies and Sociology double major Graduated from Oakland.  In December 2006 as a double major in Sociology and Women's Studies and relocated to Seattle to join her fiance who had taken a job with Boeing.  Was accepted (with a full tuition grant) into the graduate program at Bowling Green State University and began working on her master's degree in the fall.  White studying she worked as an office assistant at a construction company.    To quote Wendi:  "I can't begin to say what an integral part women's studies played in my education.  While my graduate work will be in sociology (specializing in criminology and gender), I'm sure that the lessons learned from women's studies will be playing a central role as I continue my education.  Additionally, the friendships I made through women's studies remain.  There are people I am sure I will have contact with for the rest of my life.  I love them all"!   

DUANE A. HURT II - Graduated 2005

"Since graduation, I've been taking as much time to explore the world.  In August 2005, I left Michigan to live, study and work in Orleans, France.  While studying French and teaching English in Orleans, I met my partner, Alexis.  In July 2006, after finishing my studies in Orleans, we moved to Lille, a dynamic city in the far north of France.  I am currently teaching English and American Civilization as a special lecturer at University of Lille III, learning yoga and learning a lot about myself and this beautiful continent I live on (Europe).

I recently completed a teacher training program and I am teaching English as a Second Language.

Women's studies and gender studies are important because they bring empowerment to academia.  Far too often what we study seems so distant from our daily lives.  Women's studies changes this.  It gives attention to the issues that women and other vulnerable minorities experience on a daily basis.  It also provides the opportunity to challenge everything we've ever known.  There is nothing more powerful and beneficial than to question where you are and how yo got there.  In addition, women's studies provides community.  You will create many lasting connections.  It teaches respect for ourselves but also for others.  What more can you ask for?"

ELIZABETH COMER - Graduated 2005

Women’s Studies and Political Science double major "I graduated from Oakland’s Women Studies program in 2005. I initially was only a minor but as I became more involved on campus in various feminist activities I realized that studying feminist theory and fighting patriarchy were what I really wanted to focus my life on. I also really enjoyed the camaraderie of the program. Often times, as the program is smaller than some, you develop close bonds with other students in Women Studies. It was a great way to make lasting friendships with people who shared my interests and beliefs. After graduation I took a year off, and although I was no longer in the academic world of women studies the knowledge I gained I used in my everyday life. I knew that I wanted to continue in my learning and chose to begin my Masters in Women and Gender Studies in 2006 at Eastern Michigan University. The program there is awesome, and I find myself very excited about the next step, getting a Ph.D." 

KATIE LIVINGSTON - Graduated 2005

Women's Studies Major, Honors College student Occupation:  Coordinator at Affirmations "I'm a femme, feminist and writer, currently coordinating the crisis and referral Helpline at Affirmations, the community center for Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies.  I graduated in 2005 as an HOnors College student with a B.A., in Women's Studies.  I was involved in the Women's Issues Forum and encourage Women's Studies students to speak up in class, make space for folks of all gender identities and expressions and get invoved in their campus feminist organization!  I hope to return to school to pursue graduate studies in teaching writing."  

GINGER HOUGHTON - Graduated 2005

Women's Studies and Political Science double major Occupation: Camp Director and Entrepreneur "Currently, I'm a Camp Director at Camp Mirage in Plymouth and run my own business with my husband in Auburn Hills. I'm taking graduate classes in Youth and Family Services at Eastern Michigan University. Right now, I'm working towards starting my own business working with youth. I'm really passionate about creating exciting, engaging, and affordable alternatives to daycare programs that empower kids and support the needs of modern families. In the future, I hope to utilize all my education, work, and traveling experiences to improve the lives of women and children. Potential women's studies majors or minors should know in advance that an education in WS will change their lives. Without a doubt, WS provided me with a social network, incredible professional and peer mentors, and a wealth of opportunities inside and outside Oakland University. WS will inevitably serve you in your personal and professional life!"      

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