Volunteer Highlight: Danica Chang

Danica Chang

Master of Science in Medical Science; Cumming School of Medicine

Chair of the GSA Gender and Sexuality Alliance Subcommittee

Introduction about yourself:

I’m a second-year MSc student in the Medical Science program and I graduated in 2020 with a BSc in Biological Sciences from the UofC. I’ve had a longstanding passion for research and found my niche studying female reproductive health in kidney disease. Asides from academics, I love to volunteer at a local animal rescue, play guitar, try new food, and grow my (already-too-large) collection of succulents!

What is your involvement with the GSA?

I’m the Chair of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance Subcommittee for the 2021/22 academic year. I lead a team of 14 graduate student volunteers who are passionate about increasing visibility of gender and sexually diverse folks at the UofC. We foster an inclusive campus culture that helps 2SLGBTQ+ graduate students thrive during their studies while promoting allyship among those looking to learn more about or support our 2SLGBTQ+ community.

What are the reasons for your involvement with the GSA?

Being part of the 2SLGBTQ+ community myself, I was motivated to advocate for gender and sexually diverse students seeking a safe and welcoming place on campus while enhancing their graduate school experience. I wanted to bring together a network of students who also identify as 2SLGBTQ+ or allies and create opportunities for us to form new relationships by holding monthly events and workshops centered around 2SLGBTQ+ topics.

What you are looking for from your involvement with the GSA?

I’m looking forward to collaborating with my incredible GSA^2 team as well as connecting with other gender and sexually diverse graduate students. I’m excited to be in a position where I can help educate others about 2SLGBTQ+ topics, while also learning about new issues and others’ perspectives. Leading this subcommittee as a bi/pan/queer person is an amazing personal opportunity to help other 2SLGBTQ+ students have their voices heard and promote empowerment, celebration, and resilience.

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