Student and Alumni Features

What do Gender Studies students and alulmni say about our program?


Shelby Groen
Class of 2016

I am a Communication major and Gender Studies Minor.  I decided to minor in Gender Studies because I enjoy the classes and see the value and opportunity in the curriculum. In my Gender Studies classes I developed critical thinking and interpersonal skills. I learned how to work with others to resolve issues involving gender and sex. I feel that a minor in Gender Studies makes a person more aware of underlying pressures and attitudes in society.

I am interested in Human Resources and can apply my knowledge and skills from my Gender Studies foundation to a future career. Understanding the history of gender and the implications of stereotypes is important when working with a variety of people who have differing opinions and come from different cultures. My background in Gender Studies will help me to proactively handle of discrimination and harassment in the workplace.



Erica Skarohlid
Class of 2015
Northern Star Council of the Boys Scouts of America

I am a double major in Communication and Gender Studies.  I am currently working with the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America. 

I think studying gender is important because it helps open your eyes to the different realities of those around us. Everyone comes from a unique background and the gender studies courses help you gain perspective about those differences. It is often assumed that gender classes focus strictly on women or the relationship between men and women but there are a lot of other variables at play that help one to understand the diverse world around us. Plus it is really interesting, the topics covered in classes range from major historical events to how new age media plays a part and everything in between. You leave the classes feeling as if you learned something you can always take with you.





Kaitlyn Huntington
Class of 2014
Resource Development for Vista
Habitat for Humanity

Currently, I am a Resource Development VISTA for Habitat for Humanity in St. Paul. As a VISTA I have a yearlong service term where I will be helping with donor relations. I help reach out to donors and think of ways to build relationship others have with habitat. I have learned a lot about housing issues and poverty and this relates back to many of my gender classes. Housing affects everyone, but often Habitat works with single parent families and mothers trying to provide a stable home for their children.

Habitat has also done a fabulous job of breaking stereotypes around the construction industry. Several times a year a group of women host "Women Build" build sites and complete a house built entirely by women. Many of the women say they feel empowered to create a house from the ground up and I am happy to be a part of this organization! 




"It cannot be overstated, the impact my GWST background has assisted me in my professional life, particularly in combination with psychology. I have a distinct ability to evaluate, rather than personalize, the behaviors of other people, which leads to seeing individual people, groups and events. It has served me in every way, from the interview process to managing staff teams to being a direct service provider." - Recent CSB/SJU Gender Studies Alum