Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Using Your Degree

242 Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies graduates know the answer.

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies graduates enter a number of different fields ranging from human services to law, health, education, and others.

Here is a sampling of what recent graduates from our program are currently doing with their lives.


Claire Papell
(class of '11) is a paralegal at Sussman and Watkins Law, a civil rights firm in Goshen, N.Y. She assists attorneys with cases involving sexual harassment and assault, race and gender discrimination in employment, police brutality, and children's rights.




Victoria Passarella (class of '05) currently works in career development at Barnard College of Columbia University. She received her Master's degree in fundraising and nonprofit management from Columbia University and is now working on her second Master's degree in adult and organizational leadership.


Honor Adams (class of '10) is a community educator at My Sisters' Place, a domestic violence services center in Westchester County. She travels to high schools and middle schools across the county to educate teens about teen dating violence, safe sex, and bullying.


Krystle Montalvo (class of '06) is supervisor of data management for Sanctuary for Families, a domestic violence shelter in New York City. She is now in school part-time taking preliminary science courses to start nursing school.





Amy Hojnowski (class of '97) has worked as a political consultant and organizer since 1998. She is currently the political director of Planned Parenthood  Advocagtes of Oregon .                                                  


Sarah Hoop (class of '09) is a high school literature teacher in Poughkeepsie public schools who includes women's voices in all her classes.

Peri Rainbow
(class of '84), pictured at right with daughter Cecilia and wife Tamela, paved the way for marriage equality in New York State and queer studies here at SUNY New Paltz. She has taught in the SUNY New Paltz Women's Studies program for 20 years. She is a founder of a new center for learning and healing in Stone Ridge, N.Y.


Amy Kapes (class of '98) has worked in positive youth development and prevention since graduating in 1998 and has been employed as a high school social worker and group fitness instructor at Kingston High School for the last eight years.

Kathleen O'Keefe (class of '90)

served as election law counsel to the New York State Assembly until February 2011. During the five months leading up to Tunisia's first free election,

she worked as an election law specialist in Tunisia for the American Bar Association. She currently has a solo practice specializing in election

and matrimonial law.


Julie Carlson
(class of '96) is a certified nurse practitioner in New Mexico. She lives in southern Colorado with her partner and is working to develop a multicultural community that is both socially and environmentally sustainble.


Martha Cedarholm (class of '86) became a nurse practitioner in 1997 and has worked in several settings. She is now the nurse practitioner and director of student health and counseling services at Pratt Institute.