What Our Students are Doing
Samm Worthing (Women's Studies Undergraduate Student)
Samm (WMNST ’16) has accepted a position with Planned Parenthood Keystone as a campus/community outreach organizer, starting in December 2015. She will be hosting and creating events around the central Pennsylvania area in order build support from both community members and students for the Planned Parenthood organization. As an activist organizer, a primary focus of the position will be making the public more aware of challenges to the exercise of reproductive rights, and barriers to reproductive justice.
Samm began at Penn State unsure of what her direction would be. “I’ve always wanted to help people and the world in some way. Through WMNST I have discovered that reproductive justice is a passion of mine. People whose reproductive rights are in jeopardy are people who I’m most committed to helping.”
Her new position is an early start to a career devoted to activism. Samm plans to graduate with a WMNST major and two minors (Sociology and Religious Studies) in May, 2016.
Sarah Abu Bakr (Dual PhD candidate in Art Education and Women's Studies)
Sarah is currently a graduate assistant at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities as the Graphic Designer. Sarah will also be presenting a paper titled "Becoming An(n)a: Body, Sexuality, and Abjection in Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina" at the LGBTQ: Sexuality and Gender Studies conference at Penn State.
Madeline Chandler (Women's Studies Undergraduate Student)
Madeline is a fifth year Women's Studies major who will be graduating in May. During the autumn semester she studied abroad at the University of Limerick in Ireland where she volunteered at the Midwest Rape Crisis Centre. She was also a member of the Student Welfare Committee and planned Sexual Health Days. Currently, Madeline is a TA for the Sexual and Domestic Violence class, on the executive board for Triota, and helping to plan Sexual Violence Prevention and Awareness Month in April.
Rebecca A. Guldin (Women's Studies Undergraduate Student)
Rebecca A. Guldin is a senior earning dual degrees in Public Relations and Women’s Studies with a minor in Sociology at Penn State. She has dedicated her fall semesters to the Penn State Blue Band as a trumpet player, guide, and squad leader. Becky is serving her second term as the Vice President of the Blue Band. She passionately works for gender equality through Triota, the activist-academic women’s studies honor society at Penn State of which she is the President. Becky worked as a Shelter Advocate Intern at Domestic Violence Intervention in Lebanon County, Penn. She spent the summer of 2013 as the President’s Assistant Intern for the National Organization for Women in Washington, DC. Currently, Guldin works with the Department of Public Information at Penn State as the Communications Intern. In the future, Becky hopes to work in the non-profit sector in Washington, D.C. to further women's rights.
Lili Hadsell (Women's Studies Undergraduate Student)
This past semester I was studying abroad in Vienna, Austria where I took two Women's Studies courses; Austrian Women's Literature after World War Two, and Prejudice and Discrimination. Through these courses I gained a deeper appreciation of the Austrian culture and women's contributions to Austrian society today. The courses enhanced my knowledge of the types of feminism and activism around the world.