Louise Greene & Elizabeth Smith Spring 2013 Undergraduate Scholarship Winner
Julie Peterman, originally from Whitefish Montana, learned of the Women’s and Gender Studies program from her colleagues at the Student Assault Resource Center (SARC) at the University of Montana. She enrolled in Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies with Professor Beth Hubble and fell in love with WGS. WGS classes have opened her eyes to experiences and perspectives that she never would have been exposed to otherwise, changing the lens through which she views the world. “I hope that this will provide a basis for my work in activism with survivors of interpersonal violence and discrimination, as well as with community outreach and education.”
Julie plans to continue working with advocacy programs and studying at UM for the next two years. After graduation, she hopes to attend law school. Ultimately, she would like to work toward making the voices of women, people of color, and members of the LGBT community more prominent in politics and law. She is also heading to Mexico for six weeks this summer and traveling to Southeast Asia next winter, where she hopes to learn about cultural differences in feminism and activism in different parts of the world. When Julie is not working hard in the classroom, she enjoys hiking, swimming, rock climbing, cooking (and eating), hanging out with chickens and kittens, and reading.