Simone Roby ’14, WGS and psychology, minor in anthropology; in Ph.D. program in counseling psychology at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
I chose Augustana because I felt like it would meet my academic, financial and extra-curricular needs. I knew this school would allow me to learn from different disciplines and get involved in a number of groups surrounding my interests. I was also drawn to the small class sizes and individual attention from professors. I didn’t realize I would have the academic, professional and personal experiences that allowed me to lead others (in multiple student groups) and develop/explore my interests. I also didn’t expect the growth in social awareness I experienced, or my aspirations to become a lifelong learner.
Kendra Mulcahy ’11, WGS and psychology; community residental case manager for the Handicapped Development Center, Davenport, Iowa; helped establish Dress for Success Quad Cities:
(At Augustana), I was given many more opportunities than I ever expected, including access to community involvement, several internships, assistance in maintaining a part-time job and aid in connecting to individuals who helped me build my future career. My peak experience was realizing what I want to do after graduation. After a very inspiring internship at Edgerton Women’s Health Center in Davenport and being the student coordinator for the Women in Leadership Symposium at Augustana, I realized I wanted to be a leader in an organization that assists underprivileged women find their true potential. As a result, I have been active in several organizations that do just that, and I hope to stay active in the Quad-Cities community.
Lindsey Dixon ’10, sociology, with WGS minor; completed master’s in social work program at George Williams College of Aurora (Ill.) University; currently an outpatient therapy intern at McHenry County Youth Service Bureau
"What I learned from my WGS classes has impacted me immensely in my master’s program as well as my various internships.... Being knowledgeable about gender and sexuality issues and being more understanding and empathetic towards others has enabled me to gain my clients’ trust and better connect with them on a personal level. On a daily basis, we each encounter others who are different than ourselves, which makes it so significant to learn as much as possible about others and the ways they identify themselves, their sexuality, gender, race, etc. Getting a better understanding of another person’s worldview and educating yourself as much as possible will help eliminate injustice and create a more peaceful world."
Courtney James ’08, WGS, English and sociology; assistant director of campus activities at the University of Central Oklahoma:
"My courses in WGS allowed me to gain a critical lens in the way I view the world and interact with different types of people. Prior to my classes in WGS, I essentially lived in a bubble, thinking that my way of life was shared with the majority of people around the country. Through my courses at Augustana, I learned about the different challenges that people face because of their differences in gender, sex, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, socioeconomic status and other factors. Because of this, I am comfortable and confident when I have conversations with the college students I work with to challenge their ways of thinking. My major in WGS benefits me every day in the work that I do and allows me to challenge and support the students I work with."