Meet the WGC
Siraj Sindhu '17, Student Coordinator-Programming
Hi! I’m a sophomore from upstate New York planning to major in English and perhaps LJST. Around campus, I’m an AAS Senator, Ultimate Frisbee player, AC Voice Staff Writer, and Men’s Project member. I love working in the WGC because my feminism has been developing over the past few months and working here gives me the opportunity to reflect and build my awareness of gender even more. I also love Amherst College and want to do my part to make it a better place for everyone to live and learn.
Tanzania (Taz) Brown '18, Student Coordinator-Administration
Taz Brown is a first year from Charleston, South Carolina. I intend to be a Political Science and Religion major. I got involved with the Women's and Gender Center because I want to teach younger generations in the community how to combat our gender normative society through their own gender expression and their understanding of women and gender issues.
Olivia Rosenfeld '18, Student Coordinator
Hi I'm Olivia and I am a first year from Ridgewood, New Jersey. I plan on being either a Mathematics or Economics major. Along with working at the WGC, I am on the lacrosse team and the Outing Club here at Amherst. As a WGC staff member I would like to encourage dialogue and expression concerning gender identity and individuality. I believe the WGC has the ability to positively influence the Amherst College community.
Jessica Maposa '17, Student Coordinator-Outreach
Hi! I'm Jessica, a sophomore from North Grafton, Massachusetts. I'm currently undecided as far as majors go, but I should know soon. On campus I'm involved in club soccer, Girls Inc. tutoring, Ed Pros, CCE Front Desk Team, Engagement Fellows at the Alumni and Parent Programming Office, and Marsh as House President. I wanted to join the WGC because I believe that the work that we do here is important. Working for the WGC is the perfect opportunity to help Amherst students start talking about the issues surround women and gender. I want to have an active roles in confronting these issues.
Bonnie Drake '17, Student Coordinator-Programming
Bonnie grew up in Santa Barbara, CA and Boulder, CO. She is a Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought major, with a possible double major in Sociology. For the last few years, her activism work has focused on LGBTQ rights, sexual respect, and reproductive justice. On campus she is a Peer Advocate of Sexual Respect and the Sexual Respect Officer for the president's cabinet. She is also on the Sexual Respect Task Force, is a Resident Counselor, and most recently is a programming coordinator for the Women's and Gender Center! In the future she hopes to be involved in policy work.
Seewai Hui '16, Student Coordinator-Administration
Hi! I’m Seewai and I’m a junior English major from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I decided to get involved with the WGC because when I came to Amherst I slowly became more and more aware of the women’s and gender issues on campus as well as in the broader world. I felt a need to get involved with talking about and confronting these issues.
Kyra Ellis-Moore '15, SWAGS Department Liasion (Volunteer)
Hello! I’m Kyra and I’m a senior Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought and Sexuality, Women’s & Gender Studies major from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Around campus, I dance with Amherst Dance, work as a research assistant and admissions intern, and serve as a Peer Advocate of Sexual Respect. I love being a part of the WGC because it is committed to supporting students while fostering serious and sustained dialogue around gender and intersectionality. I desire to be a part of building this center to be a place that both sustains and inspires Amherst students in the years to come.
Danielle Hussey, Director
I have worked in higher education for more than a decade, including posts at Harvard's Kennedy School and here at Amherst in the Center for Community Engagement and Residential Life. I have been interested in gender, sexuality and feminism since I was a teenager, when I was inspired by a diverse group of young women with big dreams and fearless hearts. I am the only child of a single mother and a first-generation college graduate. I earned an AB in Pyschology from Smith College and an MSc in Gender and Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and I serve on the Advisory Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County. I am committed to creating an intentional space for discussion of issues related gender, and, in particular, the issues that uniquely impact women in the Amherst College community and beyond.