Alumni Spotlight


NAME:  Sam Buffington
Ethnic Studies & Spanish major (’04)
Current Position:
  Director of Organizing for Frogtown Neighborhood Association, Frogtown, Minnesota

“My major in Ethnic Studies has given me the ability to see the structural racism that is behind issues from housing to policing to education.  This has enabled me to build campaigns for real solutions not just band-aids.”


Name: Raisa Mathis
Major/Minor: Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies & Ethnic Studies (’12)
Current Position:  Administrative Assistant with Equality Ohio

“My time in the WS and ETHN programs have equipped me with the tools necessary to think critically about the world around me, and that has been invaluable to my work in nonprofits. Being able to see the ways in which my work impacts our company culture and society at large has been a tipping point when it comes to the positions I've held and the opportunities offered to me.”


Name: Sheltreese D. McCoy
Major/Minor: Ethnic Studies & Sociology (‘04)
Current Position: Social Justice Educator and Crossroads Coordinator and Ph.D. Student in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin Madison 

“Being an ethnic studies minor gave me an opportunity to study and understand people of color history, movement building, and identities in a way I never had before college. So, when I stepped into the world of politics and organizing, I had a strong foundation in community building, communal education, and social justice. This foundation allowed me to flourish in national organizing and as I build my career in higher education.”


Name: Lauren Schulman
Major/Minor: Women’s Studies minor & Political Science major (’13)
Current Position: Donor Relations Associate, ActBlue

My minor in Women's Studies made me think about the world in a completely different sense. It made me realize that we don't have to accept things the way they are, and that we can go out into the world and change things, just like the generations that came before us.”