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Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Favorite WGS Class: Gender Based Violence... Lisa was a great teacher!!

Favorite Books: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah



Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Awards: Dean's List 

After graduation Emily will be interning with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville, and completing a Master of Public Policy at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy next May. 


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Awards: Kishore Scholarship Nominee 

Quote: "Come, my friends, 'T is not too late to seek a newer world. Push off, and sitting well in order smite The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths Of all the western stars, until I die." 


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Favorite WGS Class: Human Sexuality with Professor Lisa Spiedel was my favorite WGS class because it really pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me consider my ideals.

Favorite Book: My favorite book in WGS was Living a Feminist Life by Sarah Ahmed. 



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Awards: Dean's List

Favorite WGS Class: Feminist theory was one of my favorite WGS classes. It made me question my pre-existing notions of what feminism is and can be.  

After graduation Claire will be working as an executive assistant for TTR Sotheby’s in Georgetown, DC



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Quote: “If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.” -Maya Angelou

Parting Thoughts: Thank you to all my professors, advisors, friends and family for supporting me so I could graduate and move on to the next chapter of my life. 


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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

Parting Thoughts: Thank you to Professor Hagerman for being such a great professor and advisor! 

Favorite Book: "An Invisible Thread," by Laura Schroff. It is about how one person can come into your life and be the thread that changes you, pulls you to another version of yourself and allows you to connect.



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Awards: Dean's List for 8 consecutive semesters, Jewish student of the class of 2020 most engaged with the Brody Jewish Center

After graduation Clara will be working with Avodah in Washington DC.

Quote: "Fear can mean two things: forget everything and run or face everything and rise" - Zig Ziglar



Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Awards: SABLE’s Elizabeth Johnson’s Legacy honor

Favorite WGS Class: My favorite class was LGBTQ in the media because I was able to learn and physically see the history of sexuality in magazine, movies, shows and more. I could see the the fight for recognition through the various representations of the LGBTQ community over time.


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The Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality affirms the importance of respecting and supporting all students, faculty, and staff at the University of Virginia, including those of us who are transgender, nonbinary, or gender questioning.  We believe that maintaining the excellence of the Univer