Emily Ellsworth, B.A. 2015

Linkage and Intake Specialist, Trilogy Behavioral Health, Chicago, Illinois

2015 Major: GSF and Psychology

How has being a GSF (or Women's Studies) graduate from Duke helped shape you personally and/or professionally?

"Working in the mental health field, it's extremely important to be literate in what other people could potentially be experiencing. Traditionally, our history often leaves out teachings about non-male genders, information about the LGBTQIA+ community, and other cultural influences on our daily lives. Duke helped prepare me in teaching me to think critically about these areas that have a privileged veil hiding a lot of information, and enter into this field knowing that there is a lot of information to uncover beyond the basic first impression, or what we believe we understand about history, culture, sexuality, genders, etc."

What advice would you give students in Duke's Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies programs? 

"For all pursuits, be curious. Read everything you can get your hands on. Listen to the people around you and notice that their experiences are entirely different from yours and you have so much to learn from them. This advice translates to students in both GSF and Psychology programs."

Emily Ellsworth