My name is Brandi Button and I am a native Kentuckian born, raised and residing in a small town in south central Kentucky. I started my undergraduate education at Belmont University in 2003 with the goal of studying Music Business. Rather quickly I learned that it was not for me and transferred to Western Kentucky University where I developed a passion for Sociology and Women's Studies. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2008 from WKU. After a break from academia I returned to WKU in the fall of 2011 to pursue a Master of Arts in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities alongside a graduate certificate in Gender and Women's Studies. I graduated from the program in May 2013 and presented my thesis "Plain and Simple: The Will to Live Sustainably in an Unsustainable World" in July 2013. I live on a small piece of land with my boyfriend, two pigs, nine hens, one rooster and two dogs where we garden naturally and sustainably. I teach a section of GWS 200: Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies. I am excited about all of the new opportunities I have to learn from the faculty, staff and students in the program and look forward to doing what I can to make WKU a sustaining, nurturing environment.