Elle Rupert '13
Elle Rupert received her Masters of Education in Community Engagement at Merrimack College one year after graduating from Gettysburg. Her research for this degree focused on the best practices for implementing social justice curriculum in the K-12 environment. During her year in graduate school, she served as part of a fellowship program that allowed her to work as the Program Coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Community Development at St. John's Prep, an all-boys Catholic preparatory school in Massachusetts. It may seem that working at an all-boys high school after graduating with a degree in WGS is an odd fit, but this has proven to be a great environment to continue working with issues of gender! As part of her work, she helped to create Women's Initiatives in Leadership & Learning (WILL), the school's women's affinity group, she coordinated Gender Justice Week for students, faculty, and staff, and she taught seminars on domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexism. After finishing her graduate degree, Elle was asked to stay at St. John's in a full time capacity and currently serves as the school's Community Programs Coordinator, for which she plans school-wide events and works closely with the school's parent community. This year, along with continuing her work with WILL and Gender Justice Week, she will be starting an after-school program called The Locker Room which seeks to provide a safe space for male students to have conversations about gender, feminism, and sexism. Elle also started a now-annual event at Merrimack College called Ask First, Kiss Second, which educates students about rape culture, consent, and domestic violence - her photo here was part of a photo campaign for which students shared why they "ask first" before engaging in intimate contact with another person.
Marcy Slick '11
After graduating from Gettysburg College, with a dual major in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Spanish, I was accepted into the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice. During my time in this program, I interned at a Federally Qualified Health Center in West Philadelphia and a Domestic Violence Program for Latinas in North Philadelphia. In 2013, I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work. Soon after, I successfully completed the exam to become a Licensed Social Worker in Pennsylvania.
Upon graduating with my MSW, I was hired by Lutheran Settlement House in their Bilingual Domestic Violence Program as a Medical Advocate at Einstein Medical Center. Through this position, I am able to combine my passions and abilities in direct, clinical work as well as organizational/community education and advocacy. I provide immediate/crisis and ongoing counseling services to patients and families at Einstein Medical Center who have been affected by intimate partner violence. As a bilingual (English/Spanish) counselor, I am able to provide direct domestic violence services to English- as well as Spanish-speakers in the North Philadelphia community. On the larger level, I also provide education and training on intimate partner violence for hospital staff as well as other community organizations and systems. Through these combined efforts, I am able to address family and community violence both directly with individuals and through efforts to shift organizational and societal understanding of this issue.
Currently, I live in West Philadelphia with my husband. Ultimately, I hope to become a nonprofit leader in Philadelphia, which would allow me to continue to expand my knowledge and the impact of my work.
In this photo, I am at an event that I organized at Einstein Hospital designed to raise awareness about teen dating violence. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, so for the event, I handed out Valentine’s Cards with facts and stats about TDV to hospital staff.
Kathleen (Katie) Marchetti '07 is currently completing her doctoral work in Political Science and Women’s Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. Katie received her dual M.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies from Penn State in 2009 and is expected to receive a dual Ph.D. in Political Science and Women’s Studies in the summer of 2013. Her academic research, focusing broadly on questions related to gender in politics and the role(s) interest groups play in the political process, has been published in peer-reviewed journals in both Women’s Studies (Gender, Place & Culture) and Political Science (Interest Groups & Advocacy). In her dissertation, Katie explores the linkages between interest groups and public policy and considers how citizens’ intersecting socio-political identities (e.g. gender and race) are represented in political agendas. In addition to her research, Katie has served as a teaching assistant to five introductory courses in Political Science and Women’s Studies and was the lead instructor for two classes of her own: PLSC 001: Introduction to American Government and PLSC/WMNST 428: Gender and American Politics. She is the 2012 recipient of the Political Science department’s Robert S. Friedman Award for Excellence in Teaching. Ultimately, Katie's experiences at Gettysburg inspired her to pursue a career in academia; she is currently applying for academic positions with the ultimate goal of teaching at a liberal arts college.
Monique Mathews '06 hit the ground running after graduating from Gettysburg. She gained a passion and love for higher education by being an active student leader on campus. After receiving a job at Rutgers University in Camden as the Assistant Coordinator in the Office of Campus Involvement, Monique was able to continue in the area of student development and leadership skill-building for college students. One of her many responsibilities included organizing community service projects in order for students to build relationships with the citizens of Camden. In 2007, she began establishing relationships with Non -Governmental Organizations in multi-regions of South Africa to begin an Alternative Spring Break trip for students. To date, eighteen students have been on the trip. While in the country, they learn about NGOs in South Africa and the needs of the people they service. Sanding/varnishing desks, painting, mural creation and literacy development are just a few of the projects Rutgers students complete while in the country. In May of 2009, Monique completed her Masters of Science in Organization Leadership from Cabrini College. After working at Rutgers for 6 years, Monique decided to return to the place she loved to continue assisting students in their co- curricular leadership at Gettysburg College as the Associate Director of Student Activities and First- Year Programs. In her commitment to Gettysburg as an active alum, she is currently serving on the Gettysburg College Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Krystal Thomas '07 received her Masters of Science in Information from the University of Michigan School of Information in April 2009. One of her areas of research at UM was women and social memory as found through the archive. During her graduate work, she interned at the Smithsonian Institute Archives and at the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry. While at the Sindecuse Museum of Dentistry, she did major research into the lives of the early women graduates to help prepare the museum for an exhibit on women in early dentistry. For the last two years, she worked at the Theodore Roosevelt Center in Dickinson, North Dakota where she helped launch the new digital library late last year. She recently relocated to Tallahassee, Florida where she took the position of Digital Archivist at Florida State University Libraries. Her work focuses on digitization workflows, metadata creation and helping reboot the digital collections program at FSU.