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Student Liaisons

Student liaisons are your connection to the SWG faculty and the program in general. Contact them with general questions, ideas about teas you might like to organize, faculty readings, movie nights, or anything else on your mind.

Lucinda Klarich-Kahn '15 Send E-mail

Lucinda is a SWG major with an additional concentration in Community Engagement & Social Change. Her focus is in Women, Race, and Culture. Her hobbies include tea drinking and reading, probably because she is from Oregon, but ironically she does not like the rain.She also helps run Feminists of Smith Unite!, is a Community Fellow for Arise for Social Justice, and participates in a social justice peer educational theatre troupe. She is focusing her studies on the infrastructural disenfranchisement of minority communities.


Rebecca Lee '15 Send E-mail

Rebecca is a SWG major, an English minor, and a Poetry concentrator. Her focus within SWG is on women, race, and culture. She is from Claremont, California and lives in Jordan House. Rebecca is primarily interested in representations of women and queer people of color in the media, the histories of social movements and activism among women and QPOC, the social construction of race, and immigrant narratives-specifically Asian American women's experiences as part of the diaspora. She has been involved in many organizations on campus including the Bridge Program, Prism: Queer Students of Color (co-chair 2012-2013);Weaving Voices, a grassroots organization that creates spaces for students of color to share experiences through art; and Q&A, an organization that advocates the accessibility of Smith to trans women.

Grace Ramsay '16 Send E-mail

Grace is a sophomore who just declared her SWG major. She spent this summer at the ACLU's LGBT/AIDS project in New York, and was involved in the ACLU's most recent same-sex marriage initiatives. She is interested in attending law school after Smith.



Elli Palmer '16 Send E-mail

Elli Palmer,SWG major possible History minor. Her passion lies in heath and reproductive issues. She is actively involved in Q&A, a student group that is organizing for accessibility to Smith for trans* women, on campus. Elli wants to use her study of women's and LGBTQIA history to enact further change through education, and believes that access to full and unbiased health information and care can be a powerful tool.

Kaitlin Clark Hackbarth ‘15 Send E-mail

Kaitlin is an English and SWG double major, and an Archives concentrator. Within SWG, her thematic focus is in forms of political/social/economic thought/action/organization. She hails from the great state of New Jersey, and the great House of Martha Wilson. Academically, she is interested in reproductive justice and the role of archives in social movements and activism. In the Fall 2013, she began working as a Quigley fellow with Carrie Baker, transcribing interviews conducted by Professor Baker during the writing of her book on sexual harassment. In Spring 2014, she plans to study abroad in England. When not singing the praises of the SWG department, Kaitlin enjoys watching The Newsroom and The West Wing, pining for the Shiba Inu she watches at home, and speaking in the first person.


Yanjanani Kalaya '15 Send E-mail

My name is Yanjanani Kalaya, a SWG major with a concentration in Literature, also intending to declare a second major in Comparative Literature. I am from Malawi. My interests particularly lie in presentations of women in Literature, which will be complemented by the Quigley Research I will be doing in the spring focusing on Shakespeare's women. Over the summer I worked with UN Women Malawi, and was involved in generating solutions for further economic emancipation for women as well as developing strategic steps to deal with Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV).

Jen Agel '17 Send E-mail

Jen is a SWG major with a minor in Public Policy and ambitions of attending law school after graduating Smith. Her focus lies in activism and legal studies of and for the education/prevention of sexual assault (particularly within College Campuses), human trafficking on a global scale, legal rights and aide of rape survivors, reproductive justice and the social/political/economic impacts of binary gender structures within our society as a whole. She comes from Cape Cod, Massachusetts and lives in Park House. Her hobbies include fencing, reading, crewel embroidery, protesting, and ranting. She is an active member of Students Against Sexual Assault (SASA) on Smith campus, and a Counselor/Hospital Advocate for Hampshire County's Center For Women and Community Rape Crisis Hotline and Response Program. She is also a regular participant in the SWG Reads the News Roundtable Discussions, a weekly meeting of SWG students and administrators/professors to discuss current events as they pertain to the Study of Women and Gender.