2012-13

Guadalupe Garcia
Degrees: Women's Studies (2001)
Guadalupe “Lupe” Garcia earned a Bachelor’s in Women’s Studies from FIU in 2001. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling with the College of Education at FIU. Her dedication and commitment to raising awareness commenced as an undergraduate, and continues to this day. Lupe actively promotes the movement for equality and justice, a passion she is very proud to have acquired through the Women’s and Gender Studies program.
“As a high school student, a degree in Women’s Studies never crossed my mind. It wasn’t until I arrived at FIU and took an elective in Women’s Studies that I felt a great sense of pride for being the first generation Hispanic woman in my family to go to college. My involvement with the Women’s Studies Student Association, and Eve Ensler’s play The Vagina Monologues, also convinced me to pursue a degree in Women’s Studies. This overall experience helped me to improve my self-confidence, leadership and social skills, and make lifelong friends. Perhaps the most gratifying aspect of this journey is knowing that I not only earned a degree that I truly love but that I was able to make a difference along the way.”

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Christi M. Navarro
Degrees: Doctoral Studies in Public Health
Certificate: Women's Studies (2008)
Christi Navarro w completed her doctoral studies in Public Health at FIU’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work in 2013. Her dissertation, Gender Differences in the Influence of Protective Factors, Risk Factors, and Health Risk Behaviors on HIV Risk Behaviors Among Youth in South Florida, reflects her research interest in psychological, feminist, and other interdisciplinary perspectives of health behavior. Prior to that she received a Certificate in Women’s Studies (2008) and served as a Graduate Assistant for several years in the Women’s Studies office, assisting with student advising and organizing conferences. A recipient of both the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship and FIU's Dissertation Year Fellowship, Christi currently manages a $2.7 million C-PREP grant, which provides high-risk youth in Broward and Dade counties with teen pregnancy prevention and adult education.

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Lindsay Rosenthal
Degrees: English
Certificate: Women's Studies
Lindsay Rosenthal graduated Magna Cum Laude in Fall 2007 with a B.A. in English and a Certificate in Women’s Studies. In 2010, she earned a master’s degree in humanities from the University of Chicago. Her graduate research focused on structural violence in the foster care system. Recently, the Ms. Foundation for Women selected Lindsay Rosenthal for its 2013-2014 fellowship. As a member of the organization’s Advocacy and Policy department, Lindsay will identify strategies for increasing access to, and eliminate practices that limit, health care services for girls currently inside the juvenile justice and foster care systems and during their transition to more independent living. Specifically, Lindsay’s research and advocacy will support the repeal of formal restrictions on access to abortion care, including the Hyde Amendment – which restricts access to abortion services for those reliant on public funding – and an end to the practice of terminating Medicaid coverage for incarcerated individuals. She previously worked at the Center for American Progress as a Research Assistant and with the White House Domestic Policy Council.