Celina Chumacero I really enjoyed the different classes that Women’s Studies offers. Like Intro to Women’s Studies and Child Trafficking. I learned more about human trafficking and women’s rights as well. I want to work with that to bring social change. I got this minor my second semester of freshman year, it’s a great minor to have! It ties in with sociology. It really helped me learn a lot about myself and what I want to do in the future. I recommend students to take Women’s Studies because it gives you a different perspective to how women are being treated and empowering a new generation of men to step up.
Hannah Quezada Joining Women’s Studies has given me more experience on conference exposure. I love the Women’s ministry, it brings beauty and identity. Women’s Studies help you understand other cultures to connect with them. I recommend students to take Women’s Studies courses because it’s good to understand others even if you don’t want to go into Women’s Studies!
Alvaro Salgado Since I’ve started taking Women’s Studies, I have exposed to issues that I didn’t know were there or that I just didn’t want to see, like trafficking. I just turned a blind eye, but now I am confronting these issues, and I love it! I appreciate the tools that I am being equipped with and sharing it with others. I definitely recommend students to take Women’s Studies, especially males. It opens your eyes to what is out there, and for Christians in general, we should know more about what is happening to others, especially about women and others out of the country.
Abigail Silvas-Sheffield What I have enjoyed most about Women’s Studies is the exposure to the people who are employed in these issues. It opens your eyes to how broad these issues are and how much help is needed. It expands your knowledge about trafficking and human rights issues. It fuels my passion towards helping these issues. It’s been an amazing experience, it’s not just working with theories because you have the opportunity to be put into volunteer positions and delve into the problems and find ways you can make a difference. I love working with the Global Center for Women and Justice and with Sandie. I recommend other students to take this course even if they don’t want to pursue the minor. Just take one class to be aware. As Christians we need to stand up for the injustices in our community, everyone should be aware. If everyone in the community took a stand, we can all help these issues.
Kristen Vega I enjoy the classes, I’ve been taking a CSEC class, Ensure Justice, and I plan to take more. I transferred here from Illinois and the Global Center for Women and Justice is the reason I am here. When I heard Sandie’s story, I knew I wanted to do this as a career: Working with survivors, CSEC children who are exploited, making prevention strategies, and I’m looking forward to meeting educated speakers and to learn from them and the leaders around the world. I am also a part of the Live2Free club here on campus. It has been a great experience, we will go to schools, churches and educate others on these issues and bring awareness, so that they will be able to protect those in need. I definitely encourage students to take these courses. I learned so much more on trafficking by taking the classes and working with Sandie. It’s a big issue in the world, and you can always use this with your own career and to be aware of it is very important. Natalie Ness Becoming a Women’s Studies Minor has given me a direction on future professions. I have been interested in it and then took the class with a friend, and I want to go into law, into the criminal field. I’ve met so many people and working with Sandie, Women’s Studies pushed me into the criminal field. It’s been a great experience, to see how compassionate everyone is, how it connects with my major, and the ability Sandie has to raise awareness and educate people. Now it feels like I need to educate people. I’ve been to high schools and the issue of trafficking wasn’t well known, but Sandie changes that. She helps people realize that it’s happening in our own backyard. I definitely recommend students to take these courses. It’s something seen as a great accomplishment, people think highly of it. You meet a lot of great people who share the same desire, and you see the love people have. The classes are really informative.
Barbara Isaac Women’s Studies have been very beneficial. I am very passionate about it, and personally learning from a biblical and unique perspective makes it a well-informed approach on these issues. It’s important to take the opportunity to take these classes on campus and become aware about these gender issues on campus. I do recommend students to take these courses because it’s important to inform yourself, to help you grow into a well-rounded individual, and that includes learning about these issues.
Marissa Murrell I’ve taken Intro to Women’s Studies, Class, Race, Ethnicity and Gender, and Marriage and the Family and so far they have really opened my eyes to the issues of women in the world and how they impact women in their daily lives here in the United States and overseas, and in every kind of relationship from friendships, to brother and sister relationships, to parent relationships, to boyfriend and girlfriend, and family and marriages. We have a responsibility to study the issues and take that knowledge out into the world and with whatever we do, we need to make sure that we are impacting others in a positive way and shifting society from objectifying women and using them as objects and not treating them as humans and then turning that tide in the other direction. Dr. Sandie Morgan’s work really has inspired me. I came to Vanguard not knowing exactly what I wanted to do, I just knew I wanted to be a teacher, and I also knew about these major global issues but I didn’t know how the two would coincide, and I didn’t know how I would help fight these issues, and her work in fighting human trafficking, which is one of the biggest issues that faces our community, she was able to show me how I can use my math skills and my teaching skills in order to take that overseas and empower women who are stuck in these issues and bring their whole society up to uplift these women using my own gifts so it’s not so overwhelming where I don’t have to have two separate lives, I can put them together and make a difference. I recommend other students to take these courses because it gives you an idea as you’re studying your own major, wherever you take that knowledge and whatever field you go into, you’re going to encounter women’s issues whether it’s here in the United States or abroad, it’ll help you deal with that and as a women it’ll help you to know what’s going on and how you can stop it and from a man’s perspective, you can show your fellow brothers that this is not the right way to treat women and help them really make that shift in change. It gives you a broader perspective of how the world works and it doesn’t matter what field you’re going into, it can be useful in any of them.
Samantha Pena I’ve taken the anti-human trafficking conference class and it has impacted me a lot because I’ve been called to become a missionary and taking these classes, I really feel that God is calling me to be a missionary in India to work with Human Trafficking victims that are children, and by doing the conference it amazes me how much human trafficking is a big issue in the world but how little we are doing to combat this issue. I truly believe that my eyes have been open and my heart is hurting to see how big this problem is, but I truly believe that God has blessed me in this position to be surrounded by leaders and professors that are going to help guide me on this path. Beth Grant impacted me the most when she spoke at Compassion Night, it was so powerful. If you have a passion for women in ministry, for anti-human trafficking, or if you just want to learn more about the issue and see what are the possibilities you can do to help out, I definitely recommend this minor. It’ll change the way you view the issue and it’ll be very impactful, and who knows, it might end up being what you want to do for the rest of your life. You never know until you find out.