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Alumni Spotlight: Tiffini Lanza '11

tiffini lanza '11

BA Psychology/Minor Gender & Women's Studies

Other Degrees

MSW/MEd Clinical Social Work and Human Sexuality


Collegeville, PA

Current Position

Group Leader & Educator
Family Support Line

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My Widener Experience

why did you decide to major in psychology and minor in gender & women's studies?

My focus was to help those who felt that they had nowhere to turn. They needed someone to say, "you are safe; you are important; and we can do this together." I chose a minor in gender and women’s studies because seeing people for who they want to be seen as is extremely important in their success. Being able to understand the history of how gender plays in an individual’s success in society helps the professional understand the full picture.

what clubs/organizations were you involved in that made a memorable impression?

I was president of the LGBTQSA club, treasurer of the Feminist Majority Leadership club, and supported other organizations such as the French club. These clubs have very few participants, but those who are involved are loyal and important people. These clubs give support to those who don't feel they have anything when they embark on their college experience. They give students a place to call home.

My Professional Experience

how has widener prepared you for life after college?

Widener has prepared me to not only succeed but also how to learn from experiences that I felt resulted in success. By learning this, I am able to grow more as a professional. The professors I had during my undergraduate experience and my graduate experience were not just professors; they were mentors, coaches, and support. They will always be a part of every success I achieve in my career. Without them, I wouldn't be a part of changing the world.

what advice would you give a prospective student considering the same programs that you pursued at widener?

Psychology allowed me to see not only what the helping professions can do, but more importantly, who I am as a professional—a social worker. I couldn't be an effective social worker without my experience in gender and women's studies. This education allowed me to open my eyes to the world in a completely different way. I was able to learn not only about people but also their specific experiences without just seeing their gender representation. I was able to understand how knowing history helps improve the future. This degree is priceless.