May 02, 2013

Emily Wilson, ’10

MSW grad student
  • Emily Wilson

I transferred to Lewis & Clark College my Sophomore year from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, and graduated from LC in 2010 with a Psychology Major and Gender Studies Minor. At Lewis and Clark, I focused my writing and research around the intersection of phenomenology and social construction theory in order to analyze and critique the social treatment of aging women and young women with mental illness. At the 2010 Gender Studies Symposium I presented my Senior Capstone Thesis entitled, “The Social Construction of Anorexia Nervosa and Pro-Anorexic Communities.”

After graduating in 2010, I moved back to my hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska and worked briefly at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln at a research center for social policy and child advocacy. I am now in my second year as a full-time Americorps volunteer at an outreach center for young adults where I teach GED and employment classes for clients facing barriers such as severe poverty, incarceration, and teenage pregnancy.

In the Fall of 2013 I will be returning to school for my Master’s Degree in Social Work. I’ve been accepted into the University of Michigan and offered a part-time Graduate Student Instructor position in the UM Women’s Studies Department where I will be teaching feminist and gender theory to undergraduate nursing students. I am so excited to continue carrying the Gender Studies torch all the way through and beyond my Graduate education. It’s hard to believe that not that long ago I was 17 years old, reading Simone de Beauvoir for the first time and continually misspelling the word “feminist” as in my high school essays. But here I am!