The Mission of Women of FHSS is to foster an environment in the college where all women in FHSS majors thrive and are encouraged to identify and pursue educational and career opportunities, enabling them to uniquely distinguish themselves to achieve any possibility.
Messages to Women
Farina King, citizen of the Navajo Nation, and Assistant Professor of History at Northeastern State University discusses how growing up in a household that focused on both matriarchy and patriarchy has shaped her views and helped her do the work she feels called to do. She also discusses why viewpoints on gender, masculinity, femininity, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and class exist, and gives advice on how individuals can understand one another in an effort to move toward community and harmony.
Daneka Souberbielle, Master of Science in Sociology from BYU, and current Associate Provost of Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at SUU talks about how her relationship with Heavenly Father has led her to where she is, including understanding her spirituality and how this has influenced her identity as a black woman in the LDS faith, a wife in a multicultural marriage with a work-from-home husband and partner, and successful C-suite working mother of 3.
Ashley Mendoza, Pre-Health Advisor at the Preprofessional Advisement Center at BYU talks about how faith has played an active role in her decision to pursue higher education and career, what women can do to "lean in" to their own self-confidence as they pursue opportunities specific to their situations, and her advice to women when life turns out differently than originally anticipated.
Christy Taylor, Senior Technical Developer at Nike talks about her journey entering the fashion design industry, how she has been able to balance children, family, church callings, and a career she loves that takes her all over the world.
Tanan Yesunmunkh, Account Executive at Qualtrics, talks about the value of exploring and trying new things in order to find opportunities, how she was able to put off being shy, resulting in her personal and professional growth in a field she never thought she would enjoy so much.
Tania Barr, a Development Counselor for the church and former international student at BYU, talks about how she uses personal revelation and support from home and work to achieve her goals, and how even though she wants to be a mother more than anything, she has developed a strong love for what she does.
Raeni Sroufe, Manager of Global Business Solutions at Women for Women International (WfWI), talks about taking initiative in her mentored experiences, learning how to advocate for herself, choosing a supportive partner, and acting with faith.
Sara Gordon, Solution Architect at Qualtrics discusses her path to finding a career, helping her become more confident in all areas of her life, and how pursuing sales role with a BA in Psychology was difficult at first, but has led her to find things she loves for an organization she loves.
Anna Murphy, a BYU graduate of Political Science, and Associate of Business & Program Development at the Milken Institute (MI) talks about her decision to pursue a career, what she did to make sure she was on the right track during her undergraduate studies, and how she approaches the learning curve.
Phoebe Kung, a Psychology undergrad and Master of Social Work graduate of BYU, and Development Counselor with the Church, talks about what propelled her to continue her education and pursue her career, explaining the pivotal conversations and support from mentors, and how she is fulfilling her desire to impact those around her.
Emily is a non-traditional student, returning since she began her degree in 2002. Emily spent 12 years as a stay-at-home mom and talks about her decision to return to school, the juggling and sacrifices that are being made for her to reach her goals, and how she and her family actively use prayer as they reach their individual and family goals.
Marie Fuhriman, who received her degree from BYU in History with an Associate of Home Economics from BYU-Idaho, discusses how her education prepared her to be a life learner, what she does to remember her value as a stay-at-home mom, how she dispels this idea of "just a mom", and tackles the discussion of shame-culture around women who work.
Barbara Mecham, a non-traditional student at BYU studying Family Consumer Sciences Education, and mother of triplets, discusses how she was able to find her own divine nature navigating her circumstances and choices, how she has learned to allow some things to fall in order to keep others afloat, the amazing support she has from her family, and her advice of not being afraid to fully embrace womanhood.
We aim to develop practices and programs (partnering with other entities when appropriate) that will help students identify and develop a deep understanding of career development experiences, promoting conversations that sustain fairness and equity as they seek multiple applications of a BYU education.
WHY WE STARTED
National studies show that students often face particular gendered obstacles as they navigate the academic landscape, consider opportunities, and make important educational and career decisions. Female students at BYU face unique challenges because of religious and cultural ideas. In a Salt Lake Tribune article in 2018, the Utah Women’s Leadership Project reports that, “Utah’s female college and university students are more likely to end up in the “some college, no degree” category of educational statistics, and to self-select into lower-paying fields.”