Denise Davis ’06
Emphasis: Social Psychology of Gender and Multiculturalism for Social Change
Denise Davis loved using her listening and communication skills in weekly community meetings, designing her own education, and nurturing cherished relationships with fellow students and faculty. And as a recent graduate pursuing her academic dreams, she finds new appreciation for her undergraduate education almost every day. “The academic path for Johnston students isn’t as concrete as it is for other majors,” says Denise, “but it helped me identify what I am passionate about and then focus on it intensely. It helped me gain a greater sense of direction in school and in life.”
After studying social psychology, gender, multiculturalism and social change at Redlands, Denise completed the master’s program in social and cultural psychology at the London School of Economics. Her academic focus wasn’t the only thing that helped her know which direction to turn after graduation, though. As director of gender affairs for student government, president of Amnesty International, a Leadership Retreat facilitator, a psychology teaching assistant, and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, Denise got a taste of what it’s like to work as a leader in the social science field. “Redlands affords such a diversity of experiences. I enjoyed being heavily involved in Johnston, but I also really appreciated the involvement I had in many other facets of campus life.”
Denise returned to Johnston and the University of Redlands in 2009 to serve as a Campus Area Director. She is now Assistant Director of Johnston and an adjunct lecturer in Women’s and Gender Studies.