Brandi Button Acting Executive Director, Sustainable Glasgow Inc. and Adjunct Instructor of Gender and Women's Studies Western Kentucky University
The GWS Certificate and SRSC program prepared me to critically analyze the world in which I live. With the education I received I am able to not "take for granted" that things are "the way they have always been and are the way they are always going to be." I question injustices on a daily basis, I feel more confident in conversations with co-workers, family and friends when it comes to these injustices and the systematic ways that all of the -isms affect our daily lives. Obviously, I use the knowledge in teaching GWS 200 on WKU's campus, but I feel it is so much more than that. I am an individual who was raised working poor class in south central Kentucky by hardworking Baptist parents that did not have a college education. The education I gained in GWS and the SRSC program taught me to question what I had always thought to be right and examine my place in society and what it means to be a responsible citizen and encourage others to do the same. It taught me an ethic of care that translates into the very fiber of my being, because of this I am able to see and interpret my world differently.