The Honored Alumni Award in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies is presented each Fall to an alumni who has minored in Women's and Gender Studies. The recipient receives an award and is honored at the alumni dinner. The award winners are as follows:



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Dr. Jacqlyn Sanchez – VSU WGST Alumni 2008 

In 2013, Jacqlyn Sanchez was stationed at Miss-aw-a Air Force base in Japan in various clinical areas as a Charge Nurse, Labor and Delivery Nurse, and Family Health Nurse. She immediately was tasked to augment the Health Care Integrator, where she led a 6 person team, cleared a 2 month backlog, and ensured a seamless transition for nearly 2,000 military members and their families. She led the base “Right Start” program for the medical group, and filled critical nursing gaps in the Maternal Neonatal Unit, Obstetrics clinic, and Urgent Care Clinics allowing for the sustainment of 24/7 operations and access to care. 

Although her career has been marked with many professional accomplishments, she is also notably known for her advocacy for fellow nurses and perseverance while faced with adversity. 

In 2018, Dr. Sanchez began as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and presently works at Midi Health which is a virtual care platform focused on female midlife health. The care is designed by world class experts in perimenopause, menopause, and more to help women feel strong and healthy through a critical chapter of their lives and careers.

The Women’s and Gender Studies program is honored to have such a distinguish alumni. We congratulate Dr. Sanchez on her career accomplishments and successes!

Fall 2022





Myia Miller

Myia Miller is originally from Bridgeport, CT. She graduated from Valdosta State University in 2009 earning a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology with a Minor in Women and Gender Studies. 

Since earning her degree, she has served as a Social Services Case Manager with the Department of Family and Children Services, a Parental Accountability Court Coordinator for the Parental Accountability Court Program under the Division of Child Support Services, and the secretary for the Homeless Task Force for South Central Georgia serving 11 counties.

Ms. Miller currently serves as an Academic Advisor for biology majors at Valdosta State University, where she is able to provide students with the tools needed to earn their bachelor's degree. 



Fall 2021


Kristy Singletary

Kristy Singletary graduated from Valdosta State University with a BA (2009) and an MA (2011) in English, along with her minor in Women’s & Gender Studies (2009). She is currently completing her doctoral degree in education at VSU. Kristy has been a college English instructor for over a decade. She works as an English instructor and academic success coach at Southern Regional Technical College in Thomasville, Georgia. When she's not in the classroom, Kristy enjoys traveling with her husband, Cole, and their two dogs, Lincoln and Socks. 



Fall 2019

Megan Pugh

Megan Pugh (she/her) is a millennial equity educator currently serving as the Interim Dean of Students at UNC Asheville. With a background in Sociology and Educational Leadership, Megan centers the teachings of Black feminist scholars as well as other BIPOC thought leaders in her leadership, advocacy, and engagement practices.