Jacqueline Adams (2014) Education and Training Coordinator, LGBT Resource Center at Bowling Green State University
2nd Year Doctoral Student in American Culture Studies and the Performance Studies Graduate Certificate Program at Bowling Green State University
The GWS Certificate I completed at WKU has shaped how I define my utopic views of the academy! I entered my graduate program in hopes of finding a place of belonging. My lesbian, survivor, and class intersectional identities often shaped my experiences in professional and classroom settings, but I did not share my identities prior to entering a GWS course. The professors in the GWS program created space for me to feel at home while completing my graduate program. I was able to come out to my community and family through the course of the program. I came to better understand socially constructed spaces and identities so I was prepared and competitive when entering the job market. I worked for local government serving 10 counties in Kentucky for one year after completing the Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities M.A. program and the GWS graduate certificate. I finished both of these degrees within two years and I graduated with distinction which made me competitive for Ph.D. programs.
The diverse opportunities afforded to me while completing these degrees were unique to these two graduate programs. Since graduating I often reflect on my graduate time with a nostalgic hope that I will find a place in the academy like GWS & SRSC again! The cohort, professors, and staff in the SRSC and GWS graduate programs build a beautiful, challenging, and deeply caring space for graduate work. I would make the decision to attend these two programs over and over again!