The Featured Feminist column is an initiative by the WC which aims to debunk the common stereotypes and stigma associated with the word "feminist." By highlighting the profiles and achievements of dedicated, passionate individuals in the Boston College community, the WC staff hopes not only to foster a greater sense of appreciation for people who bring the ideals of equality and social justice into their daily lives, but also raise awareness in the BC community towards a more positive and inclusive definition of the word feminism.
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School & Year: MCAS 2019
Minor(s): French; Women’s and Gender Studies; Faith, Peace and Justice
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi! I’m Cris! I’m from Cleveland, Ohio. I’m currently a sophomore at Boston College majoring in sociology. On campus I am an editor for SocialEyes, the undergraduate sociology journal at Boston College, and I am involved with the Student Admission Program. This fall I participated in the R.E.A.D. program (Race Education and Development), hosted through FACES. I am currently in the process of completing the Campus of Difference Certificate Program, hosted through the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center. I work as a classroom teaching assistant at the Boston College Children’s Center. I love traveling, hiking, yoga, coffee, reading, painting, and watching movies. I am a National Parks enthusiast and a lover of all marine life, especially sea turtles and whales. My favorite book at the moment is Delicious Foods and my favorite movie is American Honey.
2. What are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about social justice activism. Currently, my attention is focused on GLBTQ rights in the United States. I am volunteering with an organization aimed at providing information and resources to individuals throughout New England regarding legal issues related to their sexual orientation, HIV status, and gender identity and expression. I hope to continue to increase my involvement as an advocate for the GLBTQ community, working to create a more just society free of discrimination.
3. How do you define “feminism”?
I define feminism as advocating for equality for all individuals – women, men, and individuals who do not identify within the gender binary. Feminism aims at creating a just society free from discrimination based on gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religion, ethnicity, age, physical disability, or mental disorder.
4. Why do you identify yourself as a feminist?
I proudly identify as a feminist because I believe in the power of empathy and the necessity for individuals to advocate for equality for all. We have the power to work towards creating a society free from oppression, and I encourage all members of society to join in the movement.
5. Who or what inspires you?
My grandmother Dr. Alma Flor Ada inspires me. My grandmother grew up in Camagüey, Cuba. She is a Professor Emerita at the University of San Francisco, and has devoted her life to advocacy for peace and social justice. My grandmother works to promote bilingual and multicultural education in the United States, hoping to inspire individuals to develop a greater appreciation and respect for other cultures and peoples around the world. My grandmother’s passion has inspired me to pursue a similar life path, advocating for all individuals who are suffering due to intersecting systems of oppression.