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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Alum

Page address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/women/alum.html

Attention graduates: please send us your news and contact information. We want to showcase the ways you make a difference in the world!

Jennifer Pritchett

M.S. in Women's Studies, 2003

Co-Founder & CEO of The Smitten Kitten
Co-Founder & President of the nonprofit Coalition Against Toxic Toys, an adult industry education and consumer advocacy organization

most memorable class: Women and Aging
most memorable activist moment:
helping the effort to have the word "transgender" officially added to the LGBT Center's title.

Email: Jennifer@smittenkittenonline.com



Jenn Melby

Owner The Coffee Hag

Email: jenn@thecoffeehag.com



Josh Cruz

Josh Cruz

M.S. in Women's Studies, 2004

Child, Adolescent, and Family Therapist for the Child Guidance Clinic of Waterbury, Connecticut

most memorable class: Feminist Theory
most memorable activist moment:
When Women's Studies graduate students joined the MSU GLBTQ group SAGE for a peaceful demonstration when a large group of right-wing fundamentalists began waging hate on campus. We started singing "Yes Jesus Loves Me" and we garnered the support of not only feminists and gay rights activists but also of fraternities, athletes, Christian groups, and hundreds of students.
proudest accomplishment at Minnesota State Mankato: finding the best parts of myself . . .
other highlights: My M.A. in Child and Family Therapy (University of San Diego) and M.S. in Women's Studies both contribute to my current work as an advocate and therapist for child victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence.

Email: star_crost@yahoo.com


Adriane Brown

Adriane Brown

M.S. in Women's Studies, 2006

Women's Studies doctoral student and university fellow at Ohio State University

most memorable class: Global Feminisms
most memorable activist moment:
compiling a directory of women-owned or operated businesses in the Mankato area for my Collective Action class project. I enjoyed getting involved with the community outside the university, and collaborating with my cohort was an incredibly valuable experience.
proudest accomplishments at Minnesota State Mankato: my master's thesis, my book review published in Feminist Teacher, and my admission to a doctoral program.

Email: brown.2997@osu.edu


Laura Schultz

Laura Schultz

Master of Arts, 2012

Current occupation or position: Violence Awareness & Response Coordinator

Most memorable class: Collective Action

Most memorable activist moment: Compiling our very first issue of “making waves: a feminist collective” – a zine that included anti-oppressive poetry, artwork, and culminated in a large event with spoken word poetry, musical artists, and folks reading the pieces that they had submitted.

Proudest accomplishments at Minnesota State Mankato: Connecting with such a strong group of feminist activists – helping each other learn and grow as a community.

Other highlights: My professors and other staff members on campus were my biggest allies. I felt challenged in the best way and supported tremendously by faculty, staff and my cohort. Additionally, working as a Graduate Assistant in the LGBT Center during my second semester of graduate school was one of the best experiences of my education, and really helped to synthesize the material that we were studying in the classroom and the research that we were embarking on into action.

Email: laura.schultz-1@mnsu.edu

 


Julia Keleher

Julia Keleher

Master of Science, 2010

Coordinator, LGBTQA Office and Programs at the University of Idaho

Most memorable class: It’s a three-way tie: Feminist Pedagogy, Feminist Theory, and Global Feminism

Most memorable activist moment Being a teaching assistant for the Introduction to LGBT Studies and working with South Central Minnesota Pride

Proudest accomplishments at Minnesota State Mankato: Working in the LGBT Center, graduating with my M.S. in Gender and Women’s Studies

Email: jkeleher@uidaho.edu

 


Sara Stoltenburg

Sara Stoltenburg

M.S. in Women's Studies, 2006

director of Women's Center and Women's Programs at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina

most memorable class: Collective Action
most memorable activist moment:
working in the campus Women's Center, which allowed me to be a daily activist: planning programs, raising awareness about gender/women's issues, and just talking and meeting new people/students.
proudest accomplishment at Minnesota State Mankato: working with the Chicana/o Latina/o Affairs office to raise awareness about women being killed on the Mexico/U.S. border. We worked with a women's shelter/organization in Mexico to raise money and awareness on campus.
other highlights: participating in an anti-war protest on the eve of the U.S. war against Iraq

Email: stolty@juno.com