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Awards: Dean's List: Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019 

Priyanshu will be starting the Master's in Public Policy and WGS at the George Washington University in August. 


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Parting Thoughts: Thank you WGS for an incredible undergraduate experience. Through my WGS courses I met amazing students and faculty that changed my life. This department is truly the best one at UVA and for that I am eternally grateful. Go Hoos! 

Quote:  "The first person you are ever an activist for is yourself. If I wasn't gonna fight for me, who else was?" from All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson 



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In the fall Kendra will attend the University of Chicago in pursuit of a Masters in Social Sciences.

Parting Message: The work being done by the WGS Department is incredibly important. Thank you for an amazing four years.


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Awards: Dean's List every semester from Fall 2016 to Fall 2019, International Studies Office Scholarship for Fall 2017 SIT Jordan: Geopolitics Program, College of Arts and Sciences Education Abroad Scholarship for Fall 2017 SIT Jordan: Geopolitics Program, 2020 Winner of the Madison Lane and Rugby Road Charitable Trust Visual Arts Prize

After graduation Emmaline plans to get a policy research or analyst position at an organization such as the ACLU, the Center for American Progress, the Center for Reproductive Rights or something similar.


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Awards: Phi Beta Kappa, Academic Distinction

Favorite WGS Class: Feminist Theory with Denise Walsh. It opened my eyes to all the different ways one can think about gender, and how deeply connected feminist theory is to both everyday life and other academic subjects. 



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Parting Thoughts: I took Queer Theory this semester and absolutely loved it! I was pretty intimidated coming in (after being pretty confused by Butler/Foucault in Fem Theory), but I learned a ton and really enjoyed our class discussions.


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Awards: 2 time Chemistry Department Undergraduate Teaching Award, Dean's List

Jeyda will be attending University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in the fall.


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Awards: Rush Family Scholar (2019-2020)

Quote: "When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.” Toni Morrison



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Favorite WGS Class: Intro to WGS with Bonnie Hagerman because it introduced me to the department and my passion!

Quote: "If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman." -Margaret Thatcher



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Parting Thoughts: I remember on one of the first days of Issues in LGBTQ Studies with Doug Meyer, he said something along the lines of "Profound change doesn't make people comfortable."  That class made me think much more critically about the world and made me want to declare my major in WGS.


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Congratulations Professor Hagerman... for your contract with UVa Press!

"Skimpy Coverage: Sports Illustrated and the Construction of the Female Athlete" coming next spring!

Led by WGS affiliates David Getsy and Cole Rizki, the working group will “have two main foci: first, to discuss the role of global history within transgender studies and, second, to encourage development of curricular and research activities in transgender studies at the University of Virginia.