"Queer Studies, for me, has been a home away from home..."
– Marcos Gonzalez, Class of 2015

Queer Studies, for me, has been a home away from home, where I have encountered a community of fellow students and faculty who support, challenge, and inspire each other to evaluate and understand LGBTQ existence. Due to enrollment in my Queer Theory course and with assistance from my Queer Studies advisor, Dr. Stephanie Hsu, I was able to obtain my first internship at HIAS, a nonprofit organization that assists refugees and asylum seekers as they resettle in NYC. My role entailed conducting research, translating Arabic, and writing on behalf of queer refugees and asylum seekers coming from Africa and the Middle East. My goal upon graduation is to pursue a PhD in English. As I leave Pace, I will take the lessons I learned from my Queer Studies courses and Dyson family on the importance of pushing the boundaries of what we know, of celebrating our differences, and uplifting one another in academia as well as in our professions.

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