Anne Radspinner, GWS Adjunct Faculty
Earning my graduate certificate in gender and women’s studies has been life-changing. The course of study demanded that I apply myself not to the history or literature of women as I had done for my bachelor’s and master’s degrees, but to the application of that study to current world affairs. The study required that I search the immediate relationship of my own personhood to present day social, economic, ecological and political events.
The writing requirements were intense and required that I research works by authors previously unknown to me. The application of the material to today’s world—to my own life and teaching career—demanded a new level of critical thinking. Such intensity opens doors that had been hidden from view and expands understanding to a new level.
I will be forever grateful to the graduate certificate program and the interdisciplinary study that helped me find my passion and my voice.