For Ngoc Le, a personal interest in the international fandoms for Korean dramas drew her to the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. As she delved deeper into GSWS-related subject matter, her academic interests expanded to include translations and feminist teaching practices.
She recalls her time in GSWS 830 (Sex Work) being the most memorable learning experience where she worked collaboratively with her fellow graduate students to to deliver a public workshop analyzing how anti-trafficking rhetoric can be ineffective in addressing sex trafficking and further cause harm to sex workers. The workshop content was developed under guidance and consultant with SWAN Vancouver and was hosted in SFU Surrey campus. For Ngoc, this experience was a perfect combination of theory studies, community-engagement and activism.
During her time at SFU, Ngoc was an active member of the Graduate Student Society (GSS), where she volunteered as a caucus councillor to advocate for student’s rights and benefits. Ngoc is a passionate learner, student, and advocate for students and staff at SFU. As of this semester, she is starting her MA in Equity Studies at SFU.
Ngoc will be graduating this fall with a Master of Arts (MA) in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS). She completed the course intensive track of the GSWS MA program, known as MACI. The MACI program offers students interdisciplinary study in feminist theory and methodology with opportunities for directed readings and research. The program also focuses on professional development with Field Studies in an area of the students’ choosing.
This story was originally published on the Gender Sexuality, and Women's Studies website on October 20, 2020.