Celebrating WGSS Students and Alumni

March 6, 2023 | 11:30 - 12:45 pm | Virtual Event

Join us for a virtual Women's History Month panel to celebrate the scholarship and activism of current students and alumni in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Advising staff and faculty will share information for prospective students interested in pursuing programs in the Dept. of Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Student Panelists:

  • Jennifer Esquivel – Current WGSS Student
  • Brandon Prince – Current WGSS Student
  • Lillian Cervantes – Alumni
  • Vivi Guillen – Alumni

Other Speakers:

  • Dr. Alejandra Elenes – Department Chair
  • Gabriela Rodriguez – COEHD Academic Advisor
  • Veronica Luna – WGSS Faculty

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Student Panelists

Brandon Prince (he/his/him) is a Women’s Studies major who’s also a disabled veteran with an invisible disability and chronic illness. A closeted thespian, he’s a first-generation college graduate having received a B.A. in Classical Studies from UTSA in 2012. After a religious and homeschooled upbringing he served in Iraq with the 82nd Airborne but a nerve injury and subsequent medical retirement returned him to San Antonio. After failed attempts at keeping up with a full-time job or getting a law degree, he has once again returned to higher education excited at examining differences and making un-sense of the nonsense in our modern society.

Lillian Cervantes, aluma

Lillian Cervantes – Alumni

Lillian Cervantes graduated from UTSA in December of 2021 with a B.A. in Women's Studies and a B.P.A. in Public Administration and Policy with a minor in Non-Profit management. Her experience in REGSS and the Mellon Humanities Pathways Fellowship heavily contributed to her decision to pursue a Ph.D. in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She focuses on Chicana girlhood, identity formation, and the educational experiences of San Antonio public school graduates.

Viviana Guillen, alumna

Vivi Guillen – Alumni

Viviana Alvarado Guillen ( she, her, hers) ( they, them, theirs)(Diosa) is a Mexicana Americana with mimbreno apache ancestry raised in the southside of Yanaguana (San Antonio). They are a first-generation college graduate earning their Associates of arts degree from NorthWest Vista College and B.A. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies from UTSA. Viviana is a teaching assistant for Wgss and will be graduating this spring from the MAS graduate certificate program at UTSA. Viviana is a poet, fashionista, and feline obsessed. Their current research interests are (re)exploring the appropriation of Black/Yoruba spiritualities in non-black chicana/x Latina/x communities.

Other Speakers

Dr. Alejandra Elenes, Department Chair

Dr. Alejandra Elenes – Department Chair

Gabriela Rodriguez, COEHD Academic Advisor

Gabriela Rodriguez – COEHD Academic Advisor

Veronica Luna, WGSS Faculty

Veronica Luna – WGSS Faculty