2011 Women's Studies Graduates

Justine Di GiovanniJustine Di Giovanni (Women's Studies/English): Law School

I am attending Columbia Law School in New York City, and am interning for the ACLU's Program for Freedom of Religion and Belief in Washington, D.C. this summer.  After law school, I plan to join a firm in New York. (2012)

Emily McMillen (Women's Studies/Elementary Education): Teach for America
Emily McMillen with one of her students, Marvin MullI'm a 2011 Women's Studies graduate of the College of William and Mary. I just finished up my first year of teaching 3rd grade at Peabody Elementary in Memphis, TN with Teach For America, and I'll continue to teach 3rd grade in the 2012-2013 school year. This has been a year full of more challenges than I could ever imagine. Peabody's a Title I elementary school located in the heart of Memphis, my kiddos were all low-income, 75% male, and all African-American. My kids came in years behind grade level, with LOTS of personality--to make quite an adventure for everyone in that classroom. But we endured, made some phenomenal growth, and I'm even more prepared for the challenges ahead. (2012)

Elizabeth Fox MillerElizabeth Fox Miller (Women's Studies/Sociology): Co-ordinator for student and community engagement
Where am I now? Still at William and Mary now as an Americorps VISTA and Coordinator for Student & Community Engagement. I’m working on combining my feminist and active citizen identities into one while addressing poverty in Williamsburg. If you’re on-campus and want to talk feminism, community action or Americorps, feel free to stop by Blow 323 or email me at efmiller@wm.edu. Proud to say I miss Morton and all the incredible things I learned there that I am doing my best to put into action in the ‘grown-up world.’ Still sending my thesis advisor articles about marriage education (Sorry Jenny) and finally starting to consider a Women’s Studies PhD. (2012)

Update 2014: I work full-time at The College as the Coordinator of Community Engagement, focusing on local engagement with William & Mary and community partners for positive community-driven social change. I advise student groups, build relationships with local non-profits, and create programming around diverse social and community issues. I also oversee our community engagement grant program which provides $35,000 of funding to students completing community projects throughout the year.

I have also had the opportunity to co-teach the Women in Leadership course in the GSWS Program (This is the new credit-bearing iteration of the Women’s Leadership Program). The class focuses on increased self-awareness, critical reflection on identities, and an examination of the social structures which influence female leadership. I also sit on the steering committee of the William & Mary Women’s Mentoring Program which I co-founded in 2012.  Only in its second year, the mentoring program has paired 100 women at The College in mentor relationships focused on personal and professional flourishing and also provides education opportunities around issues of women’s empowerment. If there are conversations to be had about community, social justice, equality, power and privilege, women’s empowerment, and feminism, I would love to join them, so feel free to contact me at efmiller@wm.edu.

Casey SearsCasey Sears (Women's Studies/Neuroscience)
I’m in my first year of Teach for America stationed in Indianapolis. Right now I teach at a charter school that primarily serves low-income students who have histories of difficulty in educational settings for one reason or another. My content areas include chemistry and anatomy, but honestly I find myself trying to teach empowerment and agency along with the sciences. It’s incredibly difficult having just transitioned out of W&M, but it’s an experience that has let me put my leadership skills to the test in a way that the ivory tower couldn’t on its own. I feel like WMST led me to this experience and prepared me for how to think. However few things could have prepared me for the reality of shaping the futures of young minds. In short this new adventure is crazy and real, and I’m going to survive it. (2012)