Congratulations to Margarita Stappas, this year’s Faculty of Social Sciences undergraduate valedictorian. Margarita graduates with an Honours Bachelor of Arts with a major in Women's Studies and a major in History (French Immersion). Some of Margarita’s favourite classes have been Methodology in Feminist Studies (FEM 2103), Queer Theories (FEM 3107), Indigenous Feminism (FEM 3108), and International Queer Cinema (CIN 4521).
Professor Gulzar Charania, of the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, describes Margarita as a student who listens attentively and thinks deeply. “She attends all classes (yes, even the ones at 8:30 a.m.) and when she contributes to class discussions, her engagement with the course materials is apparent. Similarly, her written work demonstrates that she has wrestled with course readings and ideas in complex and generative ways. Like so many amazing students at the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies, Margarita is committed to thinking about feminism, anti-racism, and social justice, and I look forward to seeing how she will use her knowledge and skills. It was a pleasure to have her in class.”
To hear more about Margarita’s experience at the University of Ottawa, and her plans for the future, listen to her valedictorian speech.