Five questions with third-year psychology and women’s and gender studies student Denys Levesque
1/23/2014 1:28:25 PM

Denys Levesque1- Why did you choose Mount Allison?

I went to a French high school and I wanted to study in English at university. I visited Mount Allison, fell in love with the campus, and I really liked the small town. 

I also liked the fact that there were small classes and you were able to get to know your profs, more than if you attended a place with a 300-person lecture hall. When I turn right or left in any of my classes, I know the people I am sitting next to. We are a community. I don’t think you get that in a big school. 

2- What drew to you do a minor in women’s and gender studies?
I have always had an interest in gender relations and how we are treated differently through gender or sexuality. Also, I had friends who had taken the courses and really liked them. I was not even sure what we would be studying when I took my first class, but as soon as I took it I knew I wanted to pursue a minor. 

I really like psychology because there is a concreteness to it, but I like women’s and gender studies because it is not so concrete. It is a good balance. It is an interdisciplinary program that can be helpful in whatever major you are taking. I was also able to take courses in religious studies, sociology, history, even Music as part of the program. It helped broaden my views.

3- What are you involved in on campus?

I am involved with CATALYST, the gay-straight alliance. I was also a participant in the drag show for the past three years. This raises awareness about gender and sexuality, that it is fluid rather than binary. It is also an art form and a way to bend the gender norms. 

4- Where do you believe we stand with equality and awareness of gender issues, especially with your peers?
I think there are still a lot of issues that need addressing. Women still do not get equal pay for equal work. There is always a gender dichotomy everywhere we look and issues for persons of different sexualities that don’t conform to gender norms. Women’s and gender studies does not just look at the inequalities of women, it looks at the intersection, for example, of being a woman, being a black woman, being a lesbian black woman. All these things interconnect.

5- What are your post-grad plans?
I am interested in going to graduate school to do counselling psychology with a specialization in sexual diversity studies.