Ray Barney is a senior at the University of Minnesota double-majoring in gender, women & sexuality studies (GWSS) and Asian languages and literatures (ALL) with a minor in art. They are already doing work informed by feminist, Black, trans, and queer praxis. With the tools and opportunities they’ve gained during their time at the University of Minnesota, Barney hopes to be a part of the shared fight for shared liberation.
Professor Rose Brewer from the Department of African-American & African Studies examines issues of race, class, and gender. According to Brewer, America is still engaged in “an ongoing struggle for what I would call real democracy.”
Feminist Studies doctoral candidate Beaudelaine Pierre was awarded the 2019 Documentary Essay Prize for her essay, “You May Have the Suitcase Now,” from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
The Minnesota Youth Story Squad, a team of undergrad students formed by GWSS's Kari Smalkoski and Jigna Desai, uses group discussions, skits, writing, and art to teach subjects such as identity, micro-aggressions and social inequality to Minneapolis middle school students.