Name: Darian Storms
Major: Women's and Gender Studies
Graduation date: Spring 2017
Plans after graduation:
Working for either the Women's Resource Center, the University, or a law office to save up for law school and to gain experience.
Why did you choose to major/minor in WGS:
I started my college career as a journalism major and a WGS minor, but after the first two semesters, I knew that journalism just wasn't for me. I always felt right at home when in the WGS office or just talking to anyone in the department. I've always been passionate about radicalization and the empowerment of disenfranchised people, and I feel that the WGS department here has encouraged me to chase my dreams.
What do you like about majoring/minoring in WGS:
I love that the department is small enough that you don't feel like just another number, and the people in the department really care about you and your success in whatever professional/academic career you want to pursue. Everyone in the WGS department is warm and friendly and passionate, which makes for a strong community. I also love that there are usually snacks in the WGS office, and a place to nap.
Why is WGS important to you:
WGS is important to me because it legitimizes and validates the careers and choices of its majors and minors, and gives marginalized people a safe place to express ideologies/frustrations. WGS is sort of a candle in the darkness that is ultra-conservative Oklahoma, and it advocates for those who would not have a voice in a University where a WGS program is not present. As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, it has been a safe haven for me and my friends to discuss our own stories without fear of bigotry and possible assault.
Posted on Thu, October 6, 2016
by WGS Undergraduate Research Assistant