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Student Spotlight: McKayla Cook

Tell us a little bit about yourself! What are your pronouns? Your hometown? Your major(s)/minor(s)?

My hometown is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and I use she/her/hers pronouns. I am a Biology major (B.S.) and Spanish minor.

What areas/aspects of WGS do you find most engaging/interesting? What are you passionate about?

Reproductive rights is an aspect of gender-based activism I am especially passionate about, and a big part of this is comprehensive sexual education. For me it’s about having an informed choice about what happens to our bodies and how to care for and love them. What happens to our own bodies is something only we should decide, and in the area of reproduction this right is continuously disregarded. Repro rights are truly human rights.
Makayla Cook headshot

Tell us about any extracurricular work you’re doing (ex. volunteering/local activism), or any involvement you have on campus with clubs/organizations.

On campus, I am the president of Planned Parenthood’s Generation Action chapter where we offer students ways to support our local Planned Parenthood, protect reproductive rights, gain education on healthy safe sex and legistlature surrouding repro rights, and gain a community that values bodily autotomy. We also volunteer for other organizations such as the SC democratic party, for example, to phonebank for this recent election. I am the treasurer of the sports club, belly dance, which this is my 7th semester participating in. I am also a Supplemental Instructor with the Center for Student Learning for BIOL111 this semester, and I am a Senior Leader for the SI program as well, mentoring new SI’s. This semester I am also working on a Bachelor’s Essay on proteomics research with Dr. Michael Janech at CofC.

What does the Ketner Scholarship mean to you?

The Ketner scholarship for me has been a source of community, inspiration, and motivation. I have gained much awareness of the community/CofC and what I can do to help improve it, and have met the kindest coolest people along the way, and it drives me to keep fighting for equality. I am so grateful for the mentorship of Dr. De Welde and the generosity of Linda Ketner that has changed my life for the better and shaped my college experience into something positive and persistent.

What are you plans post-graduation? And how will you take what you’ve learned in WGS with you once you’re no longer a student here?

After graduation, I will be taking the MCAT and applying to medical school. During my gap year I plan to work with my phlebotomy certificate, research (probably in women’s health), and continue to volunteer with Planned Parenthood as well as engage with local activism. My Ketner community has taught me that there are endless connections to make, work to be done, and ways to make positive change, you just have to start talking to people! No matter where I am or what I do I can get involved.

Spring 2021 Course Types Cheat Sheet

Curious about the different course type offerings for next semester? Looking to better understand the difference between asynchronous, synchronous, and hybrid courses? See below for a handy guide (thanks to the Psychology department for forwarding us this template!).

Class cheat sheet detailing the different online class options

Wednesday, October 21 is International Pronouns Day!

Today – Wednesday, October 21 – is International Pronouns Day!

In celebration, we’ve put together some slides to share here on our blog and on our Instagram to help folx learn more about what pronouns are, how they’re used, and why they’re important. See below for the slides. Happy International Pronouns Day!


10/28 – T.E.A. with WGS: From Past to Present: Teaching Problematic Disciplinary Scholars

TEA with WGS flyer

October 28 @ 3:00-4:30 – T.E.A. with WGS: From Past to Present: Teaching Problematic Disciplinary ScholarsJoin WGS for the latest T.E.A. (Teaching to Engage and Activate) workshop, facilitated by Vivian Appler (Theater & Dance), Kris De Welde (WGS), Hollis France (Political Science), Chris Korey (Biology), and Lisa Young (English). Open to all faculty! See attachment for more info!  

10/20 – A Conversation with Cecilia Gentili on Trans Womanhood, Community, & Resilience

Yellow, pink, and purple event flyer for "A Conversation with Cecilia Gentili on Trans Womanhood, Community, & Resilience" with date, October 20th, and time, 4:00pm

TOMORROW! Tuesday, October 20 @ 4:00 – A Conversation with Cecilia Gentili on Trans Womanhood, Community, & ResilienceJoin WGS in celebrating International Pronouns Day for a special conversation featuring Cecilia Gentili, Founder of Transgender Equity Consulting. Hosted by Kaj Brian (WGS, GSEC) and Kris De Welde (WGS), with CofC’s PRISM leading a pronouns exercise from 5:30-6:00! (see flyer) 

Spring 2021 WGS Course List

It’s here! Another semester’s worth of interdisciplinary classes from WGS. Use the button below to download the full course list and start planning your classes for Spring!

GSECond Thursday: Gender, Identity & Voting

GSECond Thursday Poster (text reproduced below)

THURSDAY, October 8 at 6:00pm – GSECond Thursday: Gender, Identity & Voting with GSEC and Political Science –

Join us for this panel discussion exploring issues of gender and racism in the electoral process and the unusual constraints of the 2020 election season. Featuring panelists Margeurite Archie-Hudson, Jordan Ragusa, and Sagid Elhillali. 

Spirit Day 2020: Queer Youth Fest Events, 10/15-10/18

Queer Youth Fest Lineup (text reproduced below)

October 15-18 – We Are Family Presents: Spirit Day 2020 Queer Youth Fest 

We Are Family is celebrating Spirit Day this year with an amazing lineup of virtual events! See below (and attached) for an overview of what’s coming up… 

  • Thursday, October 15 – “From Coming Out to Showing Up: Storytelling & Panel with Cecilia Gentili & Friends” – from 6:00-7:00 
  • Friday, October 16 – “No Pride without Spirit” Open Mic Night – from 7-8:30 
  • Saturday, October 17 – “For Which it Stands” Town Hall with the Gibbes Museum of Art at 12:00 and “Queers & Zines Making History” Workshop from 6:30-8:00 
  • Sunday, October 18 – “Representation Matters: LGBTQI+ Movie Marathon” from 3:00-8:00 

Call for Papers: The Catalyst Special Issue: “The 21st Century Female Leader”

Call for Papers: The Catalyst Special Issue: The 21st Century Female Leader – Open to undergraduates! – 

The Catalyst: An Undergraduate Journal of Feminist Theory in Rhetoric is a peer-reviewed, undergraduate-run journal published through the Interdisciplinary Women’s Council at Northeastern University and it welcomes work from around the country focused on gender studies, rhetoric, and social justice. They are encouraging interdisciplinary and international essays that address substantive feminist questions, debates, and controversies without employing disciplinary or academic jargon. They seek essays that are “passionate, strongly argued, and willing to take risks.”  

  • The deadline for submission is 11:59 on November 1, 2020. If you’re interested in submitting your work for consideration, or want to learn more about the journal, visit 

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