October 1, 2018 at 7:30 pm

WGSS Reunion, Roundtables on #metoo, Reproductive Justice, Gender and Development, Oct. 19

WGSS alumni reunion graphic with rainbow colors in dot pattern

Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies hosts its fourth annual Reunion & Roundtables at Homecoming 2018 on Friday, Oct. 19, from 1-6 p.m. at the Galbreath Chapel.

Alumni, students, faculty and the campus community are invited to the plenary session following by three panels and a reception.

The audience for the panels includes students, faculty and alumni, with a focus on helping current students to think about life after college.

Keynote: Alum Ashley Senary Dahlberg

1 p.m.

Ashley Senary Dahlberg , portrait

Ashley Senary Dahlberg

At 1 p.m., the keynote speaker is alum Ashley Senary Dahlberg ’07, a senior associate with the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. Dahlberg is a mother and a lawyer who earned a B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies from the Honors Tutorial College, followed by an M.A. in Political Science from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University. She earned a JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Dahlberg’s thesis, Deconstructing the Tszuj: Metrosexuality in Relation to Gender and Sexual Binaries, is an homage to the original Queer Eye and the power of pop culture to shape identity.  She practices commercial litigation at one of the largest law firms in the world. She serves on the Board of Directors of Clarity Child Guidance Center, a mental health treatment center for children, and the LEAD Academy, an organization that aids women attorneys in attaining personal and professional success. Dahlberg represented a pro bono client in a complex asylum trial, resulting in asylum for her client, a woman fleeing female genital mutilation in northern Africa (Burkina Faso). At OHIO, she was a member of the women’s a cappella group Title IX.

Panels: #metoo, Reproductive Justice, Gender and Development

2 p.m., Reproductive Justice

Facilitator: Dr. Patty Stokes


  • Jessica Ensley ’15 BSJ and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Certificate, with Reproaction, Washington, D.C.
  • Anushka Gole’16M and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Certificate, with the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta
  • Alyssa Ensminger ’17 HTC and Women’s and Gender Studies Certificate, a medical student at Des Moines University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Bobby Walker ’17, Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association

3 p.m., Working for Transnational Gender Justice


  • Catherine Cutcher ’14 Women’s and Gender Studies Certificate, ’00M and ’13P.D.,  Assistant Director, Global Studies, Ohio University
  • Pronoy Rai ’13M, LGBTQ Activist and Assistant Professor, Portland State University
  • Bobby Walker ’17, Planned Parenthood International

4 p.m., “Me Too” – Moment or Movement?: Women in Law Reflect


  • Anika Holland ’17 HTC and Law, Justice & Culture Certificate, a law student at the University of California-Berkeley
  • Madison Koenig, NYU Law
  • Caroline Nagy JD ’16M Political Science and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Certificate
  • Liz Herron ’11 HTC, JD William and Mary

5 p.m. Reception

A reception will be held at 5 p.m. All friends of WGSS welcome for food, drink and connection!

WGSS also will be giving out donuts at its Court Street offices again this year during the Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Oct. 20. Everyone is welcome to stop by.

For more information, contact Dr. Cynthia AndersonProfessor of Sociology and Director of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, or Lisa S. Cohen, College of Arts & Sciences Director of External Relations.

About the Speakers

Dr. Catherine Cutcher – Assistant Director, Global Studies, Ohio University

Cutcher is the Assistant Director for Global Studies Programs in the Center for International Studies at Ohio University. She teaches and advises undergraduate majors and certificate students in Global Studies. She received a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology and International Studies from Kalamazoo College (1996), an M.A. in International Affairs (African Studies) from Ohio University (2000), a Ph.D. in Education (Cultural Studies) and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies from Ohio University (2013).

Cutcher has lived and conducted research in Kenya, Tanzania and Swaziland. She received a Fulbright Fellowship and an American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women for her dissertation research in Kenya. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of qualitative research methodologies, comparative and international education, gender and development, women’s organizations, service learning and social movements.

Anushka Gole – Feminist Women’s Health Center, Atlanta

In her communications career spanning over eight years, Gole has worn many hats: writer, digital activist, graphic designer, photographer, researcher, fundraiser and project manager. Regardless of which hat she’s wearing when, she is strongly driven by one guiding light: her commitment to helping create a just and equitable society.

Gole currently works as Communications Manager at Feminist Women’s Health Center, a reproductive health, rights and justice organization in Atlanta, where she has the privilege of amplifying the work of fierce, compassionate and talented reproductive justice activists.

Prior to joining Feminist Center, Gole completed an M.A. in Communications and Development Studies with a focus on Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) from Ohio University in 2016. Her master’s research project explored how the fear of sexual violence impacted women’s engagement with public spaces in urban India.

Anika Holland – Berkeley Law

Holland graduated with an A.B. in English from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University in 2017 and earned a certificate in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Law, Justice & Culture. She is currently a law student at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where she is focusing on feminist jurisprudence and employment law. She currently co-leads the Survivor Advocacy Project, a pro bono program that conducts research for ongoing Title IX cases, requests the publication of sexual harassment and sexual violence cases in order to set binding precedent, and provides direct services to the campus community. Her goal is to represent women and queer workers fighting for justice in the workplace.

Caroline Nagy – JD New York University

Nagy is an advocate for inclusive communities and affordable housing with a background in law, policy, and coalition building. She currently serves as the Deputy Director for Policy and Research at the Center for NYC Neighborhoods, where her research and advocacy work at is focused on consumer financial protection, affordable homeownership, and sea level rise.

Her research has been cited in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, and she regularly provides expert testimony on housing policy issues to the New York City Council and New York State Legislature. She also has organized several coalitions, including United to End Homelessness, a coalition of more than 100 organizations created to highlight New York City’s homelessness crisis during the 2013 Mayoral election, and the Coalition for Affordable Homes, which works to prevent displacement in New York City’s working-class neighborhoods. Prior to joining the Center, Nagy served as a policy associate at Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York. has also worked at the Center for Collaborative Change and the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. She earned a JD from NYU School of Law in 2010, and graduated from Ohio University with a B.A. and an M.A. in Political Science in 2004.

Dr. Pronoy Rai – LGBTQ Activist and Assistant Professor, Portland State University

Rai is a Bobcat (M.A. in International Development Studies, ’13) and an Illini (Ph. D. in Geography, ’18, and Graduate Minor in Gender Relations in International Development, ’15.) At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Rai founded one of the first student organizations in the United States dedicated to LGBT international students. Further, he contributed to university-wide dialogues on citizenship, gender, race, and sexuality at various avenues, including the Asian American Cultural Center and Women’s Resource Center, by representing international LGBT voices on campus.

Rai has written on contemporary debates in gender and sexuality in South Asia in Indian and Pakistani newspapers and blogs. He is currently a tenure-track assistant professor of International and Global Studies at Portland State University in Oregon, where he is involved in research and teaching in the broad areas of gender and masculinities, development and labor migration, and agrarian studies, with a regional focus on South Asia.

Bobby Walker: Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association

Bobby Walker graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and African American Studies in 2017. After graduating, she moved to Columbus, OH, to work as a patient advocate and healthcare assistant at one of the city’s two abortion clinics.

In her free time she volunteers as a clinic escort, helping patients get into clinics without harassment and scrutiny. She also works for Ohio’s abortion fund, Women Have Options, coordinating financial assistance and transportation for patients who cannot afford their abortions or have to travel out of state for their appointment.





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