Alumni Update: Dawn Walsh, Class of 2000
I am happy to report I have been able to apply, in a variety of capacities, the skills and knowledge I acquired as a student in the Women’s and Gender Studies program at the University of Montana.
Upon graduating in 2000, I worked as Program Coordinator for the Women’s and Gender Studies program at UM. I also worked for the Montana Feminist History Project, conducting oral histories with women from around the state who were instrumental in advancing the rights and improving the lives of other Montana women.
In 2002, I left Missoula for New York to pursue an MA in Women’s History at Sarah Lawrence College, where I wrote an oral history-based thesis on the Lesbian Avengers. While at SLC, I worked in the College Archives, processing women-focused collections, such as papers related to the founding of Women’s History Month. Also while at SLC, I served as Programming Coordinator for the LGBTQ Studies program and in that capacity established an annual Queer Film Festival.
Since 2006, I have been living in Philadelphia, where I worked for several years as Program Manager for Soroptimist International, an international women’s rights organization. As Program Manager, I helped administer and develop programs in pursuit of the organization’s mission to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.
While earning my MFA at Rutgers University-Camden, I put my Women’s and Gender Studies degrees to work by teaching Women’s and Gender Studies courses at the Community College of Philadelphia and at Rutgers University-Camden. Now that I have completed my degree, I am especially excited about teaching a new course at Rutgers University-Camden, Introduction to LGBTQ History, with thirty students who are all very excited about learning the material.
Class of 2000