Emily Weber

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Emily Weber (née Higham) graduated from Aquinas in the spring of 2017, minoring in Women’s Studies and majoring in Interdisciplinary Communications with a Spanish emphasis.

Now, Emily is a Brand Marketing and Communication Specialist for Honda Logistics North America in Columbus, Ohio. She facilitates internal and external communication, social media and digital marketing, and oversees website development. She is recently married and an active part of a women’s running group in Columbus. As an ambassador to the Columbus Marathon and Greater Columbus Sister Cities International, Emily also went to Curitiba, Brazil this fall to run a half marathon.

There’s no slowing her down. She recently qualified for the Olympic Distance Triathlon Age Group Nationals and will be competing in summer 2019. In the future, Emily wants to pursue a Master’s degree, as well as complete a half ironman triathlon in the summer of 2020.

When asked what from the Women’s Studies program is relevant to her life now, Emily replies, “Everything.” She goes on to explain, “What I learned in Women’s Studies has helped me understand myself, my stance politically, professionalism in my career, shown me my place in the world, and given me more confidence and self-worth than I thought I could have imagined.”

Two classes that stand out to Emily are “Women in American History” with Professor Elizabeth Chamberlain and “Women Writing Journals” with Professor Pamela Dail-Whiting.  Emily took “Women in American History” during the 2016 presidential election, and the historical context was helpful to her comprehension of contemporary events. “Women Writing Journals” gave Emily the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Dail-Whiting and discuss journal entries and books Emily was reading. At the end of the semester, the students came together and presented lines from each of the journals, put together in a script. This reading is one of her favorite memories from the Women’s Studies program at Aquinas.

Are you considering a Women’s Studies minor? Emily highly recommends it: “Women’s Studies can be used and recognized anywhere. It ignites passion and allows for learning that is increasingly applicable as time passes.”

Emily continues, “For me, the [Women’s Studies] program and the Center felt like home -- I still visit when I’m in town. I truly don’t believe I would be the person I am today without the guidance of my professors, the knowledge I gained from this program, and the wonderful community that Women’s Studies helps provide for students at Aquinas.”