Samira holds a box

Name: Samira Gado ’24

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Major(s): Psychology

ACE course(s) taken: Politics of Reproductive Justice Fall 2023

Why did you decide to take this class?

Samira: I think there’s been a certain climate about reproductive health and justice ever since— and before obviously— Roe’s overturning. And I think it was just so appropriate and so relevant to take a class labeled Politics of Reproductive Justice.

Were there any specific highlights from this course?

Samira: Tuesday we watched a documentary about an organization called Women on Waves, which is with this doctor from the Netherlands and she created a ship that is housed with abortion assistance. She travels to all of these countries that have it prohibited in order to get these pills to women in those countries that need them. She takes advantage of international water laws and gives awareness to women about their options and tells them that they don’t have to be alone or like trapped with their circumstances. That was definitely a very powerful documentary.

What does your vision for a more just world like?

Samira: In terms of reproductive justice,  it’s not just about abortion. It’s an ability to parent and have a say in how you raise your child if you do want to have a child. Also the right to not have a child. The right to safely and respectfully go about menstruating. It just encompasses all of that and chooses to have that be a reality not only in this country because I live here, but in all countries.We all say like “abortion is a discussion between a woman and her doctor” but I want that to actually be put into practice. So that’s my answer as it pertains to this class. But I guess world peace.

Do you have any advice for Carleton students about ACE courses?

Samira: Actually put in effort, because it’s an interesting experience learning about stuff in class and then working with an organization where you can actually put stuff into practice. We’re reading in class about how exactly these organizations go about talking to people, how to make sure that they’re not just shouting jargon at them, that they actually make it relatable and understandable. How to deal with frustration when it’s just not working and actually working with organizations that tell you “this is what we’re seeing on the field and this is what we need from you.” It’s a very, very satisfying experience and I don’t think you can get that if you’re just in it for the credit.