Alumni Accomplishments

Each year, our Women's and Gender Studies Alumni update us on their continuous accomplishments. We are proud of each and every one of them and wish them the best of luck in their academic, career, and life goals. If you are a Women's and Gender Studies alumni and would like to keep in touch with us, please complete our Alumni Update form.

Alumni Accomplishments

Vanessa Reyes (English/Women’s Studies Certificate, 2010)


"Since graduation I have continued working for the Miami -Dade Public Library system and am moving to Tallahassee, where I will begin my masters at Florida State University in Library Information Science and Museum Studies. I have been volunteering at the Miami Museum of Science helping out with a special project that involves tomorrow’s leaders. The program is called Young Ambassadors and features students who have won scholarships with the Smithsonian division of Hispanic heritage in Washington D.C. I love this project it’s been amazing, we educate the youth on the importance of museums and libraries in our Nation and, how as a minority they can make the difference amongst others who have yet to experience such worlds. Also I want to add a special thank you to the Women's Studies ladies. As a fellow E-board member and former secretary to the Women's Studies Student Association, I was able to connect and share a multitude of ideas, and experiences engaging with women in our community. I want to thank also the ladies of the Women’s Studies Graduate Association for making it possible for me to be a panel presenter at the Women’s Studies Student Conference early in the spring. Overall it was a great opportunity to share my research on women and unemployment."

Brittany Robinson (Women’s Studies/ Psychology minor)

Brittany is currently attending San Diego State University, for her M.A. in Women's Studies. She was awarded a Graduate Assistantship.

Chaundra Whitehead (MS Adult Education/ Women’s Studies Graduate Certificate, 2010)


Chaundra is continuing her education as a doctoral student in the Adult Education and Human Resource Development program. Her collegiate activities include participation in the College of Education Research Conference and Women’s Studies Student Research Conference, as well as e-board positions in Golden Key International Honor Society, WSGSA, College of Education Graduate Student Network, and Phi Delta Kappa. She has over 10 years teaching experience in literacy, vocational and corrections education. Her research interests are women, adult education advocacy, adult basic education and the working poor. She is currently a graduate assistant in the College of Education, as the Managing Editor for New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development.

Tiffany Yeomans-Benford (Women’s Studies/Africa & African Diaspora Studies Certificate, 2010).


"Upon graduating, I decided to take a summer break to work and travel. One of my traveling sites was the U.S. Social Forum held in Detroit. During this week long forum hundreds of progressive organizations and great minds came together to start sharing ideas on how to continue a social movement in the U.S. that pushes for transformation politically, economically and morally. This trip has been a highlight in my life and if it were not for my extensive education on social and political movements, gained through the courses and professors at FIU, I would probably not have been there. In the fall of 2010, I will be attending Barry University to further my studies by pursuing a Master’s in Social Work. I currently sit on the Women and Youth Committee for the Miami Workers Center and continue to volunteer with many other organizations."

Maria Lopez-Boada (Women’s Studies/Political Science, 2009)


"I knew I somehow wanted to be involved in Women’s Studies even before I graduated from high school, and as soon as I did at FIU I never looked back. The education I received was top-notch, and every professor in the department was just as passionate about their students’ success as they were about their area of knowledge. I was also fortunate enough to be involved with the department outside of the classroom as a member, Vice-President, and eventually President of The WSSA, where I worked with students and faculty on various projects to further the mission of the department. My time with the student group and the department opened my eyes to various holes in our society’s net that needed patching, inspiring me to pursue a career in Social Work. With the help and advice of my professors and fellow students I am pleased to say that I will be starting my Master’s degree in Social Service Administration at The University of Chicago. I cannot say enough good things about the Women’s Studies program at FIU, and I know it will only continue to improve and grow."

Elisa Melendez (Women’s Studies, 2006)

In August 2009, Elisa began doctoral study at FIU in Global and Sociocultural Studies (sociology track). Her research centers around gender as performed in video games, specifically rock music games such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Throughout the course of her study, Elisa hopes to maintain a close relationship with the Women's Studies Center and earn a graduate certificate in the process.

Ian Morris (History/ Women’s Studies, 2004)

After graduating Cum Laude from FIU in 2004, Ian received two Letters of Academic Achievement from Women's Studies, one from History, and a Letter of Outstanding Service from Women's Studies. He is currently pursuing an MA in History at FGCU.This spring he began giving a series of lectures on Women Scientists involved in the Manhattan Project for the Renaissance Academy of Florida Gulf Coast University. It was a pleasant experience with nice audiences, and they want him to continue the lectures in the fall semester.