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Alumni Spotlights and Resources

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Students in Women’s and Gen​der Studies develop skills that are highly valued by employers; these include critical thinking, research, analysis, oral/written communication, presentation and problem-solving skills. Many of our students also develop valuable experience in activism, advocacy and organizing through classroom and community-based experience. 

Alumni from WGS have followed a number of trajectories. Some have gone on to graduate programs, a good number are leaders in local and national nonprofit advocacy or service organizations, some are elementary, high school, and community college teachers, and some have developed their own independent career paths as artists, writers, healers, musicians, and activists. 

Alumni Spotlights ​​ 

​The listing is in chronological order with most recent graduates listed first.


Andi Remoquillo​, WGS B.A. (2015) and WGS M.A.​​ (2016)

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​​​​​Postdoctoral Fellow at Wellesl​​ey College​

Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Texas-Austin. She specializes in gender and Filipinx American history, Asian American Studies, feminist approaches to oral histories and critical ethnography. For more information, visit​aff/remoquillo​.​​

Kennedy Dawson Healy, WGS B.A. with a concentration in Disability Studies​ (2015)

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 Founder of Crip Crap Me​​dia

​Kennedy (she/they) is a Fat, Queer, Crip, writer and media maker. Kennedy has experience working directly with people with various types of disabilities in non-profit settings and consulting on disability and accessibility in medical, academic, arts and culture, and other industries. Her visual art and photo project (made in collaboration with Marley Molkentin) titled Care has been featured at Gallery 400, in the Chicago Reader, and on the Disability Visibility Project blog. Their musical Care: The Musical was a finalist for the The William S. Yellow Robe Jr. Playwright Residency and the recipient of Residency Fellowships from 3Arts/Bodies of Work and the Ragdale Foundation. For more information, visit​.

Pidgeon Pagonis, WGS B.A. (2010) and WGS M.A.​ (2014)

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Intersex advocate, speaker, consultant, photographer, and film maker​

​Pidgeon Pagonis has worked for over a decade to shed light on the human rights violations endured by intersex people. They have advanced youth advocacy with inter-ACT, launched an intersex YouTube channel, written for Everyday Feminism, co-founded the Intersex Justice Project (IJP) and the #EndIntersexSurgery campaign, and introduced the intersex and nonbinary clothing line Too Cute to be Binary. For more information, visit​. ​​

Artemis Montague, WGS B.A. (2013)

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Artemis Montague (they/them) is a Black mixed-race genderqueer singer-songwriter with co-occurring disabilities. She Sings Me Home, their full-length Black-, trans-, and queer-led musical - written in in the styles of the Black American canon - has been performed at the REACH at the Kennedy Center as a Page to Stage Resident with Ally Theatre Company; the Green Room 42 in NYC as a concert, and at Round House Theatre in Bethesda, MD as an Equity workshop. Recently, Montague was awarded a 2024 MacDowell Fellowship for Theatre. They were also a Finalist for the 2022 Write Out Loud Contest for their song, “friend"; received an Audiofemme Agenda Grant in May 2023 to record an EP of their original music; and were awarded a National Disability Theatre Artist Grant. They have another 2 musicals in-progress, Rhapsody in Sunflower Yellow and How Babyboi and the Ancestors Attempted A Revolution; 150+ songs; and 2 work-in-progress film scripts. Montague is also the IIDEAA Board Chair for TEMPO (Trans Expansive Music Professional Organization) and a NYCLU Artist Ambassador. For more information, visit

​Sesali Bowen, WGS B.A. (2012)

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Sesali Bowen is a multifaceted writer and media professional. She is the author of the acclaimed memoir/manifesto, Bad Fat Black Girl: Notes From A Trap Feminist and the creator, producer, and co-host of Purse First, the only podcast exclusively dedicated to female and queer rap. Sesali's pen has taken her across the spectrum of entertainment: overseeing entertainment coverage at outlets like NYLON magazine and Refinery29, to the writer's room of Black Equals Beauty. Sesali has written bios for rappers, scripts for digital series, and profiles on some of the biggest names in music, film, and television. She was one of the architects of Refinery29's innovative sub-brand Unbothered, one of the writer's behind Netflix's LGBTQ vertical @MOST, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, InStyle, Glamour, PopSugar, and other outlets. For more information, you can follow her on all platforms at: @badfatblackgirl​

Wendy Altshuler, WGS B.A. (2004)

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Wendy Altschuler, originally from Montana, is a Chicago-based expert travel, health, and lifestyle freelance writer, with over a decade of experience, covering adventures across the globe.

Wendy has clips — print and web — in a wide variety of publications including: Forbes, ForbesWomen, Fodor’s Travel, TripSavvy, Delta Sky, Modern Luxury, Red Tricycle, Make it Better, Sun-Times Media, Tribune Brand Publishing, The Daily Meal, Yoga Magazine, Om Yoga Magazine, Spafinder, Chicago Parent, and many others. She has contributed her writing to the Association of Writers & Writer’s Programs, productions like the Listen to Your Mother Show, and on tourism board websites.​ For more information, visit​

​​​Alumni Resources 

Please see the following resources for more information about our alumni and ways to connect to our broader alumni community. 

Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) Mentor Program

The ASK Mentor Program has grown to over 1,100 volunteer mentors from varied backgrounds and experience, offering career guidance to DePaul University students and alumni. ASK serves all majors and all colleges of DePaul University. 

DePaul University Alumni Relations 

Through the Office of Alumni Relations, DePaul offers many opportunities to help its alumni maintain a relationship with each other and the university. We encourage you to stay connected to DePaul. Attend an upcoming alumni event, stop by the Alumni Center, cheer on the Blue Demons at a game watch, take advantage of the many benefits of being a DePaul graduate or volunteer on the committee of your local chapter or class reunion. 

Career Resources 

​The Career Center at DeP​aul University​

The Career Center offers programming to support students throughout the placement process, including events and workshops for resumes and interviews, networking and career fairs, and full-time or part-time professional placement and internship experience. ​