Student Spotlight

Emma Wansley stands next to her poster on "Trap Feminism and Black Female Empowerment" during scholars week.

Congratulations to Emma Wansley on being selected as the 2022 Outstanding Graduate

Emma was named the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Outstanding Graduate for 2022 because of her stellar academic record and commitment to putting women of color feminist perspectives to work towards social justice. Emma is a double major in WGSS and Psychology who never backs down from an intellectual challenge. The selection committee was impressed by many of Emma's accomplishments but was particularly excited about her Scholars Week poster session on trap feminism and Black female empowerment. We have been so lucky to have Emma in the program over the past few years and can't wait to see the amazing things she will do with her WGSS education after graduation. 

Congratulations to Skylar Tibbets on being selected as the 2021 Outstanding Graduate! 

Skylar is the 2021 WGSS Outstanding Graduate because of her intellect, her passion for learning, and her talent at working with others. Skylar is a double-major with English and an Honors student, too. She seems to have impressed just about every faculty member who had the privilege of working with her. Her GPA is phenomenal and everything she does suggests great promise for the future. As the faculty member who nominated her wrote "Skylar is an outstanding WGSS student [who] wrote excellent papers and presentations on the importance of intersectionality and LGBTQ+ rights." We are very proud to have Skylar Tibbetts as the WGSS Outstanding Graduate.

Congratulations to Emma Toth on being selected as the 2020 Outstanding Graduate! 

Emma Toth of Seattle graduated in March 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with two majors, political science and also women, gender, and sexuality studies. Toth was active on campus as a member of the Professional Women's Association, Western Feminists Club and the Community Ambassador Network. Her academic pursuits included an independent study project on "The Politics of Listening", which hat fused feminist and political theories of listening and storytelling with legal studies and case law to illustrate how the justice system can delegitimize sexual assault allegations. In the Bellingham community, Toth served on the board of the York Neighborhood Association and also campaigned and canvassed for local candidates. Now Toth is studying for LSATs, as she plans to apply to law schools soon. A graduate of John F Kennedy Catholic Memorial High School, she is the daughter of Erik Toth and Jennifer Toth.

Learn more about additional 2019/20 CHSS Outstanding Graduates in Western Today