David Corwin joined the WGST staff in November 2013. He is an MAIS student with a concentration in Women and Gender Studies. In his role in the center, David markets the courses to students across campus, organizes reading groups for students, puts on events for graduate students in order to encourage community between Women and Gender Studies and other departments on campus. His research interests are women’s literature, gender representation in popular culture, women in religion, women in leadership, and societal expectations of masculinity. David hopes to work in higher education in some capacity with his expertise in Women and Gender Studies.
Jessica is studying Global Community Health. She is fluent in Portuguese, and is planning to minor in Russian Studies. Her career goal is to find a job in which she can improve the lives of women and children in developing countries. She has spent time volunteering in Tam Ky, Vietnam and in Cusco, Peru. Feminism is important because in too many places at home and around the world, women’s rights are being violated and their voices are not being heard. She enjoys working at the center because she gets to work with a great group of people who are committed to equality for all.
Valeria Pareja joined the WGST staff in September, 2014. She is a first year, first-generation college student from Arlington, Virginia. She is currently undeclared but knows that she will minor in Women and Gender Studies. Valeria is the second person in her family to attend George Mason. She is fluent in spanish and knows some french. She has a passion for feminism, social justice, fashion, learning, and loves social media. Valeria wants to find a career where she can spread social justice ideologies and make a positive difference in the lives of marginalized people. She loves working in the center because she likes being in an environment that will help her reach her specific goals.