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Undergraduate Profiles

Maggie Centercenter

What is/are your current major(s), minor(s) and/or graduate program? Maggie Center is a fourth year student of Human Development and Family Studies with a focus in Adolescent Development, as well as a minor in Women's Studies.

What are some of your biggest passions in life? She is passionate about working with middle school aged children, particularly young ladies, working towards individual empowerment and personal successes. Additionally, she is engaged in studies of power, dominance and privilege, how these traits relate to intersectionality, and how to use the findings towards education.

After you graduate from CSU, what do you envision for yourself? What do you want to do or see yourself doing? Combining her major and her minor, Maggie hopes that, after commencement, that she is able to work in a school setting as a counselor so that she may work with students on creative ways to solve and deal with problems, as well as educate them on the importance of acceptance of difference and diversity. Outside of school, Maggie enjoys hiking the breathtaking Colorado landscapes, writing poetry and reading a extensive variety of literature.

What is your favorite quote and why? Her favourite quote was said by Audre Lorde, and reads, "When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in service of my vision, then it becomes less important whether I am afraid." She lives her life with this philosophy in mind.

She is excited, honoured and humbled to participate in this program and is eager to travel to Ghana!

Elizabeth Comptoncompton

What is/are your current major(s), minor(s) and/or graduate program? I'm majoring in Animal Science with a pre-vet emphasis while following my deep passions into gender with my minor in Women's Studies.

What are some of your biggest passions in life? I'm in the CSU marching band playing flute and performing in football games every fall. I fall into the vast pit of 'Nerd-dom' enjoying things ranging from classical literature, to science fiction movies and television, as well as being a giant fan of everything Marvel Comic's touches.

After you graduate from CSU, what do you envision for yourself? What do you want to do or see yourself doing? All in all, I'm an extremely passionate person who dreams big and works hard to reach those dreams.

Katherine Lythgoelythgoe

What is/are your current major(s), minor(s) and/or graduate program? Katherine is majoring in Human Development and Family Studies and has a minor in Women's Studies.

What are some of your biggest passions in life? In my free time I enjoy reading and being outside, whether that is hiking, camping, biking.

Ryann Peatspeats

What is/are your current major(s), minor(s) and/or graduate program? I am currently a senior and my major is English with a concentration in Creative Writing. I also am pursuing a minor in Women's Studies.

What are some of your biggest passions in life? My biggest passions in life are writing poetry, reading any and all kinds of literature, cultivating an understanding of gender issues and how those issues effect people's lives, watercolor painting, health and fitness, living a gluten-free lifestyle, and discovering a way to create my own minion (aka one of the cute, yellow, marshmallow-shaped creatures from the movie Despicable Me)!

After you graduate from CSU, what do you envision for yourself? What do you want to do or see yourself doing? Being a student is the biggest joy of my life so I would very much like to continue on in my education. After graduating from CSU I will be applying to graduate school to work towards my MA in Creative Writing with an emphasis on poetry. In the future, I see myself teaching and staying within the academic realm. I envision the work I have put into my Women's Studies minor as also informing what my future holds. I love the way literature, poetry, and gender studies have coalesced throughout my coursework at CSU and would like to continue developing the intersectionality I see woven in those specific fields of study.

What is your favorite quote and why? Right now, my favorite quote is by Cate Marvin and it's from her book Fragment of the Head of a Queen:

"I am like a table that eats its own legs off because it's fallen in love with the floor."

I love this quote because the words remind me to practice self-love above all other kinds of love. This quote also prompts me to practice romance or affection in a way, which does not require a debasing of oneself or another person.

Katie Schmidtschmidt

What is/are your current major(s), minor(s) and/or graduate program? I am a second-year undergrad. My major is Journalism & Technical Communications and my minor is in Women's Studies.

What are some of your biggest passions in life? I have been pursuing photography since I was in high school. At that time, my concentration was in photographing architecture, but I have since branched out and started experimenting with lighting and abstraction. Also, I love the ability to learn, so ever since I first learned how to read, I have not been able to put a book down (I look forward to a break in the semester when I can finally finish that typography book that has been sitting on my nightstand collecting dust).

Do you have any research interests or are you involved in any research projects, volunteering, or community activism? I don't plan on conducting any research, but if I were to, I would be interested in analyzing love, sex and attraction from a cultural anthro perspective. Helen Fisher is one of my heroes because she got me interested in science, so I would love to do research in a field like hers. Gender in anthropology is actually one of the reasons why I declared a minor in Women's Studies.

After you graduate from CSU, what do you envision for yourself? What do you want to do or see yourself doing? I would like to become a copy editor for a magazine upon graduation. It really appeals to my left-brain tendencies. However, the field of journalism has expanded so much in recent years that more writers can now write about their passions and interests. Therefore, I would also like to write or blog about makeup and beauty. I think makeup is a difficult topic because of the implications tied to it, but I would like to portray makeup as an art form in my writing.

What is your favorite quote and why? My favorite quote comes from the website Good Morning and Good Night: "Because, that's the thing about love, really. No one will love you how you want to be loved, they'll love you in the only ways they know how. Life throws everyone down drastically different paths so how can we expect everyone to love in the same way? The person you'll spend your lifetime with will love you in their way and you'll love in yours, and maybe you'll meet in the middle and it'll last. None of us know what we're doing, you see, we're just fumbling for matches in the dark. If you're lucky, you might eventually just strike the right one." I love this quote because it essentially says that there is no right way to love. You just have to fall in love with the person that loves the way you love them.

Alex Steinmetzsteinmetz

What is/are your current major(s), minor(s) and/or graduate program? I'm majoring in Liberal Arts with a double minor in Media Studies and Women Studies.

What are some of your biggest passions in life? I work at Panera and The Rocky Mountain Collegian. I stay incredibly busy with school and work, so any free time is spent with my friends and my family. I have a passion for education, family, and hard work. Life is and can always be beautiful!

Karissa Stolenstolen

What is/are your current major(s), minor(s) and/or graduate program? Karissa Stolen is a junior at CSU with a Business Administration major with a concentration in management and she has a Women's Studies minor.

What are some of your biggest passions in life? Karissa is the student coordinator for Business Diversity and Leadership Alliance (BDLA) in the College of Business. The mission of this organization is to educate students, faculty and staff about diversity issues in business, while promoting diversity and working to eliminate social injustice.

Do you have any research interests or are you involved in any research projects, volunteering, or community activism? In her first year at CSU, she took a course called SOC205, Contemporary Race and Ethnic Relations, which sparked a passion inside of her to want to learn more about social injustice and ways to combat it within our society. After talking to her wonderful advisor, Kathy Thornhill, she was introduced to BDLA and she joined officially as a sophomore. BDLA has been life changing for her in every positive way imaginable. BDLA is what made Karissa decide to pursue a women's studies minor, and embrace her devout feminism. This past summer she was extremely honored to attend NCORE, the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, representing BDLA in New Orleans. This year, Karissa is looking forward to (hopefully) increasing the awareness of BDLA within the College of Business among students, learning more about social injustice, making more memories with her BDLA family, and continuing to facilitate camaraderie within the College of Business, CSU's campus as a whole and within her newfound women's studies community.

After you graduate from CSU, what do you envision for yourself? What do you want to do or see yourself doing? Outside of BDLA, Karissa loves spending time with her friends, family, and pets. She loves going to the movies, traveling, hiking, and volunteering as much as possible! Karissa participates in various extracurricular activities including the Honors Program, being a College of Business Mentor in the Mentoring Program, working in the Undergraduate Programs as an administration assistant in the College of Business, and being student coordinator of BDLA.

Rachel Taylortaylor

My name is Rachel Taylor and I grew up in Denver, Colorado. I attended Montbello High school and Graduated in the Spring of 2011. That Fall I came in to Colorado State University as a freshman and began my journey as a CSU Ram. Currently I am a Junior studying History with a Minor in Women's Studies. Once I graduate in spring of 2015, I hope to go on to graduate school for Museum Studies!

Anna Tessitoretessitore

What is/are your current major(s), minor(s) and/or graduate program? I'm a Journalism and Technical Communications major with a double minor in Women's Studies and Ethnic Studies.

What are some of your biggest passions in life? As a JTC major I am learning a lot about video production and I hope to have a career in the film industry as a director. In Women's Studies and Ethnic Studies I am learning how to see the world around me, the people in it, and how we can all work to make it a better place.

After you graduate from CSU, what do you envision for yourself? What do you want to do or see yourself doing? My plan is to incorporate my minors by making films that inspire others and breathe fire for social change.