Linnea Johnson arrived at UVM with a passion for social justice, but lacked the knowledge and vocabulary to articulate her world view. Four years later, as she graduates with a double major in gender, sexuality and women’s studies (GSWS) and philosophy,she is an experienced and articulate advocate.
“I developed skills that will be super important in my career,” she says. “I just needed to learn the vocabulary—to put names to things I felt strongly about and learn about their history and origins.”
Entering UVM as an undeclared major, Johnson found her academic path after taking an introductory GSWS course with Annika Ljung-Baruth.
“I always knew deep down I was discontented with my position in society as a woman, but I didn’t have the tools or words to express that. The course gave me an understanding of the foundation of that discontent.”
During her time at UVM Johnson was especially involved in the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. She advocates for more education for sexual violence prevention, more resources for workers tasked with doing prevention work on college campuses, and greater support for victims.
“I hope I’ve helped raise awareness–it really starts with a dialogue. That’s something I try to do by asking questions at open forums, speaking at rallies, and just informal conversations.”
Johnson found many outlets to apply her knowledge and passion in ways that made a difference at UVM and in the surrounding community.