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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. 

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