Maria Vetter '19

Author: Andrea Martinez Dominguez

Maria Vetter

Graduation year: 2019

Majors/Minors: Psychology Major, Gender Studies Minor

Because of my coursework in Gender Studies, I have been taught to see the world in a different way. I find myself constantly assessing how not only gender, but also race, religion, age, ability and status affect the ways people function in society. My coursework has been amazing, but I feel that the biggest takeaways I am getting from my Minor are the way to think systematically, how to better respect the experiences of others different from myself, and the passion to act in a way that calls for change to address the many types of inequality in the world today.I took Introduction to Gender Studies my Sophomore year to fulfill a Social Science requirement and promptly signed up for a Gender Studies Minor when the class was over. I absolutely loved the class and wanted to take more courses within the department. Over the next 2 years, I was able to take many interesting and interdisciplinary courses, in subjects like philosophy, history, French, etc. Not only have I been able to learn a lot about gender theory, but I also feel well-versed in how gender studies interacts with other disciplines too.

Though I was only able to fulfill the Minor requirements, my job as an assistant in the Gender Studies office and my participation in the Triota Honors Society have allowed me to take a more active role in the department than I normally would have, and I am really grateful for that. I truly believe that the Gender Studies Department has the most amazing and interesting faculty and students on campus. The passion, creativity and interdisciplinary study that happens within Gender studies is remarkable, and I'm really grateful to have been a part of it!