Molly Gibbons

Becoming involved in student organizations has helped me feel connected and supported.

Molly Gibbons BA '24



Degree and Class Year

BA ’24


Missoula, Montana




Gender Studies and Hispanic Studies


Feminist Student Union, Student Alumni Association, LC Dance Company

Overseas study

Mérida, Mexico

What three words would you use to describe L&C?

Enthusiastic, Connected, Involved

What’s your favorite class? Why?

My favorite class has been Immigration and Asylum Law with Professor Elliott Young. In this class we not only learned about the history that has contextualized the current immigration and asylum legislation, but we also learned about real asylum cases and worked to write expert witness statements about those cases throughout the semester. This class was very impactful and one of my favorite classes I have ever taken because it broadened what we were learning beyond the classroom and beyond the L&C community.

What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?

I wanted to be close to Portland!

What do you like or find most interesting about your major?

As a history major, it is really interesting and fun to see all of the professors in different areas and time periods that they study. That being said, professors give students the space and support to research aspects of history that they are interested in rather than limiting students to their specific area of interest and study.

What do you like or find most interesting about your minor?

I have enjoyed having two minors in gender studies and Hispanic studies because these classes have helped inform what I want to study in my history major, and how I want to engage with different periods in history.

Tell us about your support systems and social outlets on campus: people, activities, clubs, res halls, etc.

Becoming involved in student organizations has helped me feel connected and supported. I have met such fantastic people through the Feminist Student Union and the LC Dance Company/DanceX!

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Although building community on campus is a beautiful and wonderful thing, don’t forget to engage with the greater Portland community!!

Have you been involved with one of our symposia, as an organizer or participant? What was the experience like? How did the event complement your academic experience?

This is my first time I have been involved in organizing one of the symposia as a cochair for the Gender Studies Symposium this spring. However, I have always looked forward to attending symposia events since my first semester here. I not only love learning from the keynote speakers but I also love being able to support my peers and learn about their work, which has been so valuable in supplementing what I learn in my classes.

History Gender Studies Hispanic Studies