2011-15

Julio Capo (Women's Studies, 2011)

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FIU and CWGS alumnus, Julio Capo, wrote an article featured in the Washington Post in response to the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting. His piece “Gay bars were supposed to be safe spaces. But they often weren’t,” examines the complicated history of displacement and the threat of violence towards the gay community and how that affected a gay bar’s ability to be a safe haven for its patrons. Capo notes that gentrification has shut down many notable establishments in the gay night-life scene, and remarks that this inevitability of gentrification needs to be discussed in order to truly understand what is happening to LGBTQ+ community spaces. In addition to this piece, Capo has been featured in Time, HIVplusmag, and Cuba Counterpoints. Julio Capo is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he teaches LGBTQ+, Latino, and Caribbean history.

LaToya Eaves (Ph.D. Comparative Sociology/Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies, 2014)

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While pursuing her Ph.D. at Florida International University in Comparative Sociology, as well as a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, LaToya Eaves was selected as a pre-doctoral Fellow In-Residence with the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program at the University of Connecticut (UC). It is an interdisciplinary program devoted to the critical analysis of gender and the pursuit of knowledge about women. Eaves joined three other fellows in different units on the UC campus. During the fellowship period, she will have completed her dissertation under mentorship from the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, as well as the Department of Geography. As well as a stipend, Eaves received support by having access to an office, computer, library, and professional development opportunities. She taught one course determined by WGSS in collaboration with the Department of Geography and was expected to share a portion of her work in a public forum. In spring 2011, Eaves first joined the Women’s Studies Center as a Teaching Assistant while in graduate school. Her research interests included racial identity, queerness, and life in the American South. Eaves learned recently that she had been chosen as a World’s Ahead graduate at FIU.

Jordan Guedes (B.A. in Psychology/Women's Studies, Minors in Religious Studies/Art History, Queer Studies Certificate, 2014)

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Jordan Guedes was recently honored at Summer Commencement 2014 as an FIU Worlds Ahead student. In Spring 2014, he received the CAS Awards for Service Excellence and Academic Achievement. Jordan plans to pursue a Master of Social Work degree and a Ph.D. at FIU to establish a career as a therapist and practitioner in the area of sexual and relationship health. He wants to have a holistic understanding of the cultural differences that affect society and be able to make an impact promoting sex education. During his time as a student, Jordan was the first male recipient of the Elaine Gordon Scholarship in Women’s Studies. He was always very involved with student activities, joining the on-campus LGBT group, Student Government, and the Psychology Honors Society during his first semester in college. Jordan also participated in two on-campus production groups: The Vagina Monologues and One Billion Rising. Through all his activities at FIU, he continually helped to spread awareness and empower women as one of the few men involved in this field of study.
“My education in Women’s Studies and familiarity with women’s issues has armed me with the necessary knowledge to form more substantial arguments against sexism, ignorance and intolerance. Through my education and advocacy I will help educate those in our community to end violence and stop inequalities.”

Jesse Sánchez (B.A. in Women's Studies, Minor in Sociology/Anthropology, Global Media Communications Certificate, 2012)

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Jesse Sánchez began his TV career at WLRN(PBS) in 204 as a high school journalist, where he reported and anchored cable show "Teens Connected." In 2006, Jesse joined Miami's FOX station WSVN, where he worked as a news writer for the morning newscast "Today in Florida." In 2007, Jesse took on a new role at WFOR, the CBS owned and operated station in Miami. He served as an associated news producer, field producer, and assignment editor. He was responsible for planning the weekend news coverage, assisting in the execution of he evening news. One of Jesse's story ideas won an Emmy Award in 2009. After 3 years at CBS, Jesse made the jump from behind the scenes to in front of the camera again, and joined RCN Television Group/NTN24 News where he currently serves as an entertainment and lifestyle news reporter. Jesse graduate Magna Cum Laude from Florida International University in spring of 2012.

Olga Torres (B.A. in Philosophy, Women's Studies Certificate, 2014)

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Olga Torres graduated from FIU with a Bachelor’s in Philosophy, specializing in Social and Political Philosophy, and a Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. While at FIU, Torres was a member of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, International. Soon after her initiation, she became the recruitment chair of the organization and was then elected Vice-President. She received the Don Hutson Outstanding Pre-Law Chapter Award for her work.






Claudia Vega (B.A. in Psychology and Sociology/Anthropology, Women's Studies Certificate, 2014)

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Claudia Vega served as president for the sociology honor society, Alpha Kappa Delta, and as Public Relations Coordinator for the Global and Sociocultural Studies Club, where she engaged students in social justice and reform dialogues. Through her leadership, she transformed the clubs into vibrant organizations that have improved the experience of the undergraduate student body. Claudia was also a research assistant in the Power, Women, and Relationships (PWR) Psychology Lab, where she examined how power dynamics intersect with attitudes, behaviors, and interpersonal relationships between men and women in the United States. Her honor’s thesis focused on verbal sexual coercion among black female adolescents. Claudia received an Award for Outstanding Service and an Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Psychology for her work in the Department of Psychology. In addition, she received an Award for Outstanding Service from the Department of Global and Sociocultural Studies (GSS) for her work in the GSS Club. In spring 2014, she was admitted as an Associate Fellow for the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers.
“Thanks to the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, I have had the opportunity to see how gender, power, and culture intersect, and the implications of prejudice and stigma for individuals’ intimate lives, attitudes, and behaviors. This knowledge will empower me to continue working on social justice and diversity issues as I pursue a Ph.D in Social Psychology.”