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August 2, 2017 at 7:00 am

Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies | Homecoming Panels Feature 11 Alumni, Oct. 6

WGSS alumni reunion graphic with rainbow colors in dot pattern

Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies hosts its annual Reunion & Roundtables at Homecoming 2017 on Friday, Oct. 6, from 1-6 p.m. in Schoonover Center.

Alumni, students, faculty and the campus community are invited to the Reunion & Roundtable.

Keynote: ‘Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Our Current Media Moment’

At 1 p.m. the keynote is “The Public and the Press: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Our Current Media Moment” with Ohio University alum Dr. Molly Yanity ’11 M.S., ’13 Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Journalism at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CN.

Dr. Molly Yanity

Dr. Molly Yanity

Originally from Athens, Yanity attended college in San Diego and spent 14 years as a sports journalist in Seattle and Southern California. She returned to Athens in 2009 to earn a master’s degree in Journalism and a doctorate in Mass Communication–Journalism from the College of Communication. Her research focuses on women’s experiences in sports media professions. Follow Yanity on Twitter. Read Yanity’s blog. Connect with her on LinkedIn.


Roundtable leaders and participants will range from academics to advocates, from young professionals to seasoned veterans in a wide variety of fields. From 2 to 5 p.m., alumni panels will discuss:

  • 2 p.m.: Genders, Sexuality and Healthcare
    • Julia Applegate ’92—Equitas Health, Columbus. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from the College of Arts & Sciences.
    • Lacey Rogers ’11, ’14MED, ’16MPA—Hopewell, Athens, OH. Her OHIO degrees include a B.A. in Women’s & Gender Studies from the College of Arts & Sciences, a BSVC from the School of Visual Communication, as well as master’s degrees from the College of Education and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs
    • Erin Taylor ’98—Professor, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL. She graduated with a B.S. in Journalism from Scripps, along with a certificate in Women’s Studies from Arts & Sciences.
  • 3 p.m.: Gender, Sexuality and Education at Home and Abroad
    • Jennifer Seifert ’11—K-12 Outreach Coordinator, Survivor Advocacy Outreach Program, Athens OH. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Scripps, plus a Women’s & Gender Studies Certificate from Arts & Sciences.
    • Allie Erwin ’14—Teach For America, Los Angeles. She studied Political Science and graduated from the Honors Tutorial College.
    • Fanta Diamanka ’07M.A, ’13 Ph.D.—Nour International Academy School for Girls, Dakar Senegal, (via Skype). She earned an M.A. in African Studies, then jointly offered by the College of Arts & Sciences and the Center for International Studies, followed by a Ph.D. from the College of Education.
    • Ashley Doria ’15M.A.—School to School International, Washington, D.C. She earned an M.A. in Geography from the College of Arts & Sciences.
  • 4 p.m.: Gender, Sexuality and Immigration

    • Madison Koenig ’15—Cabrini Immigrant Services New York. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the Honors Tutorial College and a Women’s & Gender Studies Certificate from Arts & Sciences.
    • Emily Dunlap ’10—J.D. Advocating Opportunity, Cleveland. She double majored in Sociology and Women’s & Gender Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences.
    • Marina Islas ’10M.A.—Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin, TX. She earned an M.A. in Geography and a Women’s & Gender Studies Certificate from Arts & Sciences.


A reception follows at 5 p.m. for alumni, friends and students of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program to meet, discuss leadership strategies, foster mentorships, and encourage student development.

Please RSVP for WGSS planning purposes at

For more information, contact Dr. Julie White at or 740-593-4686.

Donuts After Parade

After Saturday’s Homecoming parade: Enjoy the WGSS tradition of doughnuts and coffee at 31 S. Court St. Friends and families are welcome!

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