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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Department: Residential Life
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Sam and I am a Resident Director here at BC for the Cheverus, Kostka, and Medeiros community on upper campus. I have working with the Kostka Women’s Experience for the past two years which has been the absolute best part of my job. I am from Los Angeles, CA originally. I received my Bachelors in Theater and Sociology from Brandeis University and my Masters in Higher Education Administration from Boston College. I love female comedians, feminism, embroidery, floral patterns, and the Women’s Center at BC.
2.What are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about working with students with marginalized identities, such as gender, sexuality, race, religion, and more. The students I work with tend to teach me more than I ever expected and help me grow as a professional. There is nothing more empowering then to see a student own their identities and grow into who they want to be.
3. How do you define "feminism"?
Feminism is the ideology and belief that women-identified and transgender people are deserving of equal rights as their male-identified counterparts. It is identifying the societal structures that lead to inequities that are based on gender, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and/ or other identities. It is about the intersectionality of these identities as well. It is understanding the ways in which the policing of gender and gender-based discrimination and violence are inherently linked to other systems of power and oppression such as white privilege, racism, heterosexual privilege, and queerphobia.
4. Why do you identify yourself as a feminist?
I identify as a feminist because it is the only way to identify. Because I have been told I cannot accomplish things because I am a woman. Because I run like a girl. Because our society makes it impossible to work full time and raise a family. Because the government thinks they have the right to control my body.
5. Who or what inspires you?
My mother, Elizabeth Warren, Michelle Obama, Tina Fey, Amy Pohler, Sam Killerman , and my dog Fluffy.