Yale Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Volume 5, Issue 1
fall 2014
Editor, Geetanjali Singh Chanda
Managing Editors, Linda Hase & Moe Gardner
Layout Design, Nick Appleby

WGSS Students Win Haas Prize Three Years in a Row

Awarded the Fulbright Study/Research Grant, Jenna Cook ’14 will draw a connection between the experiences of adoptees born and raised in China and adoptees born in China and raised in the United States. While in China she will interview domestic adoptees and engage in archival research about domestic adoption policy and practice. Cook has received multiple funding awards for an internship, thesis research, and language study, including the Richter Fellowship, Yale Public Service Fellowship, and Richard U. Light Fellowship. Jenna was also one of two winners of the 2014 Williams Prize in East Asian Studies for her essay submitted to the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, “Constructing Kinship: Longing, Loss, and the Politics of Reunion in China.” 

Suzanna Fritzberg (Calhoun ’14) Rhodes Scholarship
Fritzberg majored in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, and is committed to social justice and the alleviation of poverty in the United States through advocacy and public policy work. She spent last summer working at the Roosevelt Institute Four Freedoms Center Think Tank supported by an Arthur Liman Summer Fellowship and other Yale funding, and proposes at Oxford to study comparative social policy. 

Hilary Rose O’Connell – Roosevelt L. Thompson Prize
[Editor's note: The pronouns in this citation have been changed to reflect the recipient's identification as genderqueer/non-binary.]
One of the foremost queer voices on campus, their leadership and accomplishments have transformed Yale College due to their strong sense of moral purpose, warmth, fairness, and compassion. Within three weeks of their freshman year they threw the closet door wide open and launched their Yale career as a queer woman, LGBTQ community organizer, and major in WGSS. With the boundless energy characteristic of them, they have provided leadership within Yale’s vibrant and diverse LGBTQ community as president of the LGBTQ Student Cooperative, on the Inter-Ivy board that brought the Annual Ivy League LGBTQ Conference to Yale, as chair of the Pride Committee that plans Pride@Yale, and as a freshman counselor known among all freshman counselors as someone to turn to about freshmen and LGBTQ questions and concerns. Their outstanding and long-standing commitment to service to Yale College does indeed show promise of strong caring and moral leadership in their future. 

Three WGSS majors – Gabriel Murchison, Hilary O’Connell, and Jenna Cook – were inducted to Phi Beta Kappa in spring, 2014.

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