Sophomore Selected as Feminist Camp Program Assistant

Madeline Clevenstine '20

Madeline Clevenstine ’20 will be spending the first full week in June helping foster deeper insight into the theory and practice of feminism.

Clevenstine has been named a Program Assistant (PA) for Feminist Camp, scheduled for June 4 – 8 in New York City. The camp is sponsored by Soapbox, Inc., the world’s largest feminist speakers bureau. The PA is a competitive position filled through a nomination process in which the camp seeks individuals with “communication, social media, and people skills, a good sense of (geographical) direction, and a take-charge attitude who can be peer leaders to a dynamic group of feminists.”

A double-major in English and gender and women’s studies, Clevenstine served last fall as the Student Success Leader for Professor LeeRay Costa’s seminar, bell hooks: rage, love, and creating beloved community. She’s an editor with Cargoes, Hollins’ literary magazine, and is a tutor with the university’s Writing Center. “In my downtime, you can often find me writing poems, starting, but never finishing, TV shows, reading, and laughing (very) loudly with my friends,” she notes.

The Feminist Camp website says the program is designed for “someone with a passion for feminism but you’re not quite sure how that’s going to translate into your personal life. Or, you’re sick of hearing people ask you ‘what you can do’ with a Women’s/Gender Studies degree. Our flagship Feminist Camp program in the Big Apple is designed to help you identify your next steps for applying your feminist passion to your professional or beyond-college life.”

Companies and organizations that have participated in Feminist Camp in the past include VICE, The Doula Project, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Choices Medical Center, Feminist Press, and the Ms. Foundation for Women.