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Labour Studies Alum Discovers the Intersection of History and Advocacy: A Journey through LBST Program

February 15, 2024

Labour Studies alumna, Jenelle Davies, graduated in October 2023 and is currently working for the Government of British Columbia in Communications. Previously, she worked for the BC Federation of Students as an Organizer. Scroll down to read more about her experience in the Labour Studies Program.

1. How did you decide to pursue a degree in LBST? What interested you most about it?

I decided to take the LBST program because it was the perfect combination of my passion for history and the labour movement. As a proud union member, I really enjoyed the opportunity to explore our history to inform how the movement can help people today. 

2. What was your favourite LBST course? Why?

So many LBST courses are fantastic. LBST 301W: Labour Movements: Issues, Images, and Popular Culture was particularly interesting to me as a current member of the labour movement. Exploring how labour is discussed in popular culture and how it can inform the movement's contemporary perception was insightful.

3. What’s something you’re proud of accomplishing during your time at SFU?

I'm proud of going back to finish my classes during the pandemic. It was a rocky time for all of us, but it opened the doors to give me the motivation I needed to get my degree finished and choose the Labour Studies program.

4. What advice would you give to current or future students?

Use every opportunity you have in school to explore different things. Join a club, be active in your students' unions, go to events. My activity in my campus community allowed me to make lifelong connections and showed me other options for careers I did not know about when I started school. 

Even if you aren't sure labour studies is for you, take a class and see how you enjoy it. The program is diverse, dynamic, and interesting, with much of what you learn can be applied to so many different disciplines and interests. 

Learn more about the Labour Studies Program here.