In recognition of her outstanding commitment to social justice, Molly McGuinness ’15 has been named the 2015 Student of the Year in the Stonehill College Gender & Sexuality Studies Program.
McGuinness, a gender studies and history double major from Enfield, Connecticut, has demonstrated a commitment to scholarship that exemplifies the habits of mind that Stonehill seeks to help students cultivate.
“Gender studies differs from other fields of inquiry in that our work, at its root, is committed to activism toward social justice and equity,” says Professor Wendy Chapman Peek, director of the program. “Thus, our top student award goes to that senior who best demonstrates the ideals of social justice through her work at Stonehill.”
As president of Women’s Health and Empowerment Now, a student group that provides a safe space for everyone to talk about issues that affect women, McGuinness worked tirelessly to create a vibrant community of students committed to the ideals of feminism and gender equity.
McGuinness, who also worked as an historical interpreter at the Paul Revere House in Boston, is currently pursuing a career in the educational travel industry.
“I want to help students of all ages discover how life changing travel can be,” says McGuinness. “I would love to advocate for women’s rights locally and around the world, as well.”
“We try to foster among our students a lifelong commitment to activism on behalf of those marginalized by their gender identity or sexual orientation,” adds Peek. “It is her work in this effort that makes Molly an ideal recipient of this award.”