Tunisia L.Riley, MA (Women's Studies/English): Editorial/communications
Since graduating from William and Mary's Women's Studies program in 2000 (I also double majored in English) my path has taken some interesting courses. I moved to the DC Metropolitan area, along with many other fellow Tribers. 2000 was a big election year and at the time of graduation I still wasn't sure what I wanted to do so I worked for a media buying firm for a few month buying radio and television spots for politicians. It was a great experience but ended after the elections. After media buying I serendipitously ended up working at the place I would work for 6 years, AAAS's Science magazine. At Science I began as a temp then a editorial assistant, publications assistant, communications associate and ultimately a senior communications associate. My jobs consisted of working closely with the editors, and the authors through the submission process of a peer reviewed, international weekly science magazine. The latter years of my time at AAAS I promoted Science to reporters, the public, and press officers. It was a great place to work and to learn more about science. During my years of working at Science and while living in the DC Metropolitan area I volunteered with the National Council of Negro Women and mentored with the Community Bridges program. After six great years at AAAS I moved to Tampa, FL, to obtain an MA in Women's Studies from the University of South Florida. I continued to volunteer with an organization that promoted healthy self-esteem and empowerment for girls, the Ophelia Project. As a graduate student I worked on grant-funded research looking at how women in the Tampa Bay community know what they know about cardiovascular disease. In May 2009 I graduated from USF after successfully defending my thesis "From the Academy to the Streets: Documenting the Healing Power of Black Feminist Creative Expression" which I presented at the National Women's Studies Conference, November 2009. Currently Tunisia is the Web Editor for Under the Microscope, the online component of the Women Writing Science project at The Feminist Press. The site encourages and promotes women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Tunisia also periodically blogs for the National Council for Research on Women.