Rachel Hamalainen '11
I’m from a tiny suburb of Detroit, Michigan named Melvindale. I’m a junior Black Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies double major. I chose to major in both of these departments because I’m interested in the intersections of race, gender, class, and other identifiers and in identity politics. I’m a member and former treasurer of La Causa, a member of Global Rights of Women, and a performer in the Vagina Monologues. I am majoring in Black Studies because it has allowed me to both explore my interest in issues of race and ethnicity and learn how to become a better student and scholar. I have learned how to improve virtually every aspect of my academic life through this department, and Black Studies has changed my outlook on education for the better.