Student Spotlight: Jarrel Johnson, WGS Grad Minor

Jarrel Johnson (he/him/his) will graduate this summer with a PhD in Education and a graduate minor in Women’s and Gender Studies.

“I decided to pursue a graduate minor in women’s and gender studies to better understand the complexities of issues related to race, gender, and sexuality,” says Jarrel.

“As a result of the graduate minor in WGS, I approach issues of college access and success from an intersectional lens and understand that the multiple identities students hold significantly influence their time in college.”

During Jarrel’s time at Iowa State, he received multiple awards, including:

  • ISU Presidential Scholar (2017-2021)
  • 2018 Class Member of the Inagural One Iowa LGBTQ Leadership Institute
  • 2019 Asa G. Hilliard III and Barbara A Sizemore Fellow (via American Educational Research Association)
  • 2020 National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellow

Jarrel will soon work for the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation as a Research and Evaluation Officer. “In this role, I will support research and evaluation projects aimed at increasing college access and success for underrepresented student groups in higher education.”

“I am appreciative of the WGS faculty, coursework, and fellow classmate because I was able to learn from and alongside them.”