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First-generation student Kristen Hackett decided to pursue college because of her parents. After hearing their stories of how they were unable to and discouraged to attend, she was motivated to apply, noting that she “wanted to be the chance they never got to have.”

The sociology major, who became a soldier in the Army National Guard after high school, is appreciative of CSUSB giving her the chance to prove herself. Hackett describes herself as determined and intelligent, and she knows that she can accomplish her goals – she says CSUSB has given her the opportunity to do so and has ultimately “changed her life.” After graduating this spring semester, Hackett plans on getting her master’s in counseling.

CSUSB is celebrating Womxn’s History Month with the theme “Meeting at the Intersections: What’s HERstory?” The term “womxn” is used as an objection to the patriarchal idea that womxn are an extension to men and the inclusion of all womxn go beyond just cis-women.