Profile of Graduates

Class of 2016

Kelly Naze : - American Consumer Society

After graduating with honors and ending a lifelong swimming career, Kelly returned home to Denver, Colorado, where she will put her competitive spirit and passion for planning to work as she starts her own business as a wedding planner.

Vanessa Padilla : - Urban Communities and Education

The summer after graduation Vanessa immersed herself in French language and culture while living in Paris.  On her return to the states, Vanessa continues to intern for Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, serving constituents in San Francisco.  Vanessa plans to pursue a degree in environmental law, so that she can advocate for people who face environmental crises like those she addressed in her senior thesis.

Class of 2015

Isis Dillard : - Politics, Law, and Race

After graduation, Isis plans to build a career that excites her passion for communication, digital marketing, and social media. Starting January 2016, she will be working full time as a Market Development Representative for a technical recruitment company called TalentBin in San Francisco.  Isis's ultimate academic goal is to return to school in 2018 to pursue a Master's of Business Administration and a Master's of Public Administration. These degrees will allow her to make a practical impact on how business institutions intersect with ideas of race, sex, class, gender, and disability.

Neha Goel : - Race, Politics, and Culture

After graduation, Neha, a double major in American Studies and Psychology, moved to the other side of the Bay to serve as the Project Manager for the Healthy Body Image Study at Stanford University and Palo Alto University. This clinical psychology research study aims to improve body image culture on college campuses by offering a suite of programs that are designed to prevent and treat the onset of eating disorder symptomology amongst college women. Neha hopes to attend a clinical psychology doctoral program in the Fall of 2017 and will utilize the racial, social, and political awareness that she gained from her American Studies courses in her future work as a clinician. Neha’s ultimate goal is to work at the intersection of cultural and clinical psychology in order to address the stigma of mental health that affects all individuals, most especially people of color. 

Alexander Lee-Thomas : - Race and Representation

After graduation, Alexander returned to southern California to spend time with family and pursue internships.  In the Fall of 2015, he will enter the Peter Stark Producing Program at USC's School of Cinematic Arts.  With an MFA, Alexander will work in television and film to increase representation of people of color and "create a new wave in motion pictures."

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