2008 Women's Studies Graduates

Morgan Berman with Cecile Richards, President of Planned ParenthoodMorgan Berman (Women's Studies/Anthropology minor): Family Advocate, Maternity Care Coalition of Philadelphia

After I graduated, starting in August 2008, I worked for Planned Parenthood Associate of Bucks County in various positions. I started as the Marketing and Development Coordinator, which had me supporting our Development director in fundraising endeavors and database managing. I also launched a marketing campaign that turned into a community outreach project for a new Pennsylvania health insurance program for low-income women. I identified various organizations that served the target population (such as domestic violence shelters and addiction recovery houses) and educated the women about our services. I received a grant from the Emerging Leaders Task Force, which funded my work. They also gave me a scholarship to attend the National Planned Parenthood Conference in Houston, TX where Secretary Clinton was the honored speaker! I loved the patient interaction I had doing this outreach work, so I was thrilled when I had the chance to work full time in our health centers as a family planning counselor.  Now I work as a Family Advocate at the Maternity Care Coalition in Philadelphia. Feel free to contact me to hear more about what I do!

Update 2012: I was just accepted into Philadelphia University's Sustainable Design MS program but am waiting to hear if I get the assistantship I need. Right now, I'm working at the University of Pennsylvania as a Research Assistant in the Surgery Department. I am also working at Apple, a new adventure that I am really enjoying. And best of all I am now growing delicious plants in two city gardens, one of which I helped start!

Update 2014: After completing my LEED GA credentials this summer, I am blazing through my second and final year at Philadelphia University where I am completing my MS in Sustainable Design. I have also recently started a new position at Metcalfe Architecture and Design, a local firm that does creative sustainable projects for educational spaces like museums and playgrounds as well as other projects. I’m also happy to report that I have found a way to connect my Women’s Studies background with a new extracurricular role that I’ve taken on with a local start-up called Philly Girls Do Good! We are an organization dedicated to promoting the work of local female designers whose work contributes to community development in Philadelphia. It all came together finally! And in other news, I just came back from celebrating fellow W&M GSWS alumna Danielle Garrett’s wedding to Mari Hernandez this past weekend in North Carolina. We all had a wonderful time reuniting with other WM alums and sharing their special day. So sorry I missed homecoming this year, but I am definitely coming next year, I miss you all!

Danielle Garrett (Women's Studies/Government): Policy Fellow for Health and Reproductive Rights at the National Women's Law Center

After graduating from William and Mary, I moved to Texas to pursue my masters degree in Public Affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at UT Austin. I concentrated in health and social policy and found my women's studies education especially useful. My theoretical understanding of issues of power and inequality as well as a practical knowledge of policy issues affecting women gave me a unique perspective in my graduate classes. Now I am putting both of my degrees to use at the National Women's Law Center in Washington, DC doing policy analysis and research for their health and reproductive rights division.

My women's studies degree was useful in graduate school and has proved useful in my new job, but more than that it provided me with a new way of looking at the world. The lessons you learn as a WMST major aren't just with you in the office- they are with you waiting for the bus, in line at the grocery store, reading a magazine, or watching a movie. Being a women's studies major allowed me to work with some of the brightest and most engaged students and faculty at William and Mary. I gained great friends and mentors through the program and loved being a part of the W&M feminist community!

Patti NelsonPatricia Nelson (Women's Studies/English): PhD student in English, University of Southern California

After graduation, I moved across the country to enter the master's program in Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.  In my two years at UT, I studied feminist, queer, and critical race theories with some amazing faculty, worked as a teaching assistant for the English Department, and served as a column editor for FlowTV.org, an online media studies journal.  My MA thesis considered the politics of gender, race, nationality, and religious affiliation in the production and reception of film adaptations.  In Fall 2010 I'll be moving to Los Angeles to start a PhD program in English at the University of Southern California, where certificates in Gender Studies and Visual Studies will allow me to continue interdisciplinary work on the intersections of film and contemporary literature from feminist and queer perspectives. 

It was my experiences with the Women's Studies program at William and Mary that inspired me to go to grad school.  The courses that I took in Women's Studies were not only the most intellectually engaging and challenging of my undergraduate experience, but also where I met incredibly supportive faculty and some of my best friends.  W&M Women's Studies continues to serve as my reference point for the kind of teaching that I want to do as I pursue a career in academia.

Caitlin TuffinCaitlin Tuffin (Women's Studies/Sociology): Elementary School Teacher, Teach for America
Caitlin was accepted into Teach for America, and started working at Percy L. Julian elementary school in Phoenix, Arizona, in Fall 2008. She is also pursuing a Master of Arts and Teaching from Arizona State University through the College of Teaching, Education, and Leadership, and plans to graduate in 2010. Caitlin was recently featured in the W&M Alumni News.

Sarah KlotzSarah Klotz (Women's Studies): PhD Student in English
Since I graduated from W&M, I have been working towards a PhD in English at the University of California, Davis. This past December, I passed my qualifying exam and began writing my dissertation. My work looks at representations of Native American literary practices in works by nineteenth-century writers such as James Fenimore Cooper, Lydia Sigourney, and Catharine Sedgwick. I am also an instructor of Composition and Literature at UC, Davis. (2102)