Successful Graduates

Gender Studies adds a perspective to your education that can be valuable in a wide variety of fields. For example, past Coe students have paired a major (or minor) in Gender studies with Business Administration, English, Elementary Education, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Public Relations, Religion, Sociology, and Spanish. A major or minor in gender studies provides students with valuable skills and knowledge that is useful in a variety types of graduate study and of employment. Check out the list below for a sample of what our graduates are doing now:

Leah Reuber

Leah Reuber graduated from Coe in 2011 with a major in philosophy and interdisciplinary major in journalism, and a minor in gender studies.  A native of Bellevue, Iowa, she is pursuing her master's degree in post-secondary education: student affairs at the University of Northern Iowa.  She is also employed at UNI as a graduate residence education coordinator, which essentially means she is the assistant coordinator for one of the larger residence halls at the university.

“When I began work at a university which far surpassed Coe in size, I did not find myself void of the useful knowledge that would make my professional transition into the field of student affairs an easy one. My academic degrees and professional internship provided me with a gamut of relevant tools and theories which have proven to be quite applicable. I can use my philosophy degree to critique the ethics of any given student situation and I can use my gender studies minor to raise considerations about perceptions of gender at the college level and what that realistically looks like. Finally, my internship prepared me to deal with the direct expectations of a professional in this field, as well as a network of individuals and other resources which continue to provide me with countless opportunities post-graduation.” - Leah Reuber ’11

  • Kayla James '10 is a student in the Masters of Social Work program at the University of Northern Iowa.
  • Sarah Small '08 works as Intake Coordinator at Fraser Child and Family Center and is a student in the MPH- Maternal and Child Health/Policy program at the University of Minnesota.
  • Cara Cavanaugh Joens '06 is an admissions counselor for Coe College.
  • Fatma Zahra '04 works as a Domestic Violence Program Advocate in Queens, New York.
  • Rachel Gearhart '03 graduated with an MSW from George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. She has since moved to Alaska and conducts individual, group and couples therapy. She was nominated for the 2010 Alaska First Lady's Volunteer of the Year Award.
  • Alyssa Craft Rosendahl '03 received her J.D. from the University of Iowa and is currently an attorney at Kids First Law Center in Cedar Rapids.
  • Lindsay Niedergeses '03 was a Teach for America volunteer and is currently English teacher in the Houston Independent School district.
  • Emily Barnard '02 completed the Master of Social Work degree at the University of Northern Iowa in 2004 and is the counselor in the Academic Achievement Program and the College Adjustment Peer Coordinator at Coe College.
  • Jennifer Willock McCarthy '01 is Marketing coordinator for Hedrick & Associates (consulting civil engineering firm).
  • Ericka Otterson '00 is a program director at Augsburg College.
  • Ni'Cole Jurena-Carey '99 received a M.S. in Education from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and is currently a psychotherapist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
  • Jennifer Martinson Jacobs '98 earned her J.D. from the University of Minnesota and is a Law Clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th District.
  • Beverly Larson Velloff '98 is a 4th grade teacher and a Math Specialist in the University City School District in Missouri.
  • Wendie Carr '98 is Editor and Publicist for Carroll & Graf publishers in New York.