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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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 Alissa Shape

My name is Alissa Shape, and I'm from Andover, Minnesota. I graduated from MSU Mankato in May of 2016 with a bachelor's degree in Gender and Women's Studies. In my free time I enjoy cooking, watching Netflix, and hanging out with my family. My research interests include sexual violence on college campuses, LGBT History, and LGBT experiences. After completing this degree, I hope to work at a Women's Center, LGBT Center, or go on to get my doctorate.

Oreolua Dasylva


I am Oreoluwa Dasylva but people call me by Dasylva because it's easier to pronounce. I hail from Nigeria, West Africa. My first degree was in English a concentration in Literature, had a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology due to my love for helping people solve challenges. Presently, I am in Minnesota State University studying Gender and Women's Studies because of my love for activism and involvement in social justice. I have heard experiences with community services and participated in a number of non-profit organizations as well. My interest concentration is not limited to Gender Violence and social justice but also on intersectionality.

Ama Kushindana


S. Ama Kushindana is a first year graduate student pursuing Women and Gender Studies. She earned her B.A in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of New Orleans with a concentration in Child and Family Development in 2014. Ama is a native of Ghana, West Africa and has recently located from the State of Louisiana and South Carolina. She applied to Minnesota State University Gender and Women Studies because of the activism background of the professors and their rejection of the GRE as major requirement for graduate school. Her interest lies in African women, African American women and LGBTQ in Africa history. Ama plans to continue her work in serving mostly women in mental health. Her interest are reading and watching documentaries.

 Sephali Pokharel


My name is Sephali Pokharel and I am currently doing my master’s in Gender and Women’s studies program. My interests include human rights, modern day slavery, international law, and gender equality. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southwest Minnesota State University and was involved in a number of extracurricular and volunteer activities including being an ambassador for the Half the Sky movement, and a participant at the United Nations summer training program hosted by Seton Hall University in collaboration with the United Nations Association of the USA and the United Nations Foundation.