Women and Gender Studies Program

WGS Alum, Julia Davidson Elected to the Board of the Maine Transgender Network

Julia Davidson

2013 USM Outstanding Graduate of Women and Gender Studies Award
recipiant, Julia Davidson has recently been elected to the board of the Maine Transgender Network. Maine Transgender Network, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides support and resources for the transgender community, families, and significant others, and raises awareness about the varied forms of gender identity and expression by providing training and consultation for mental health and social service professionals. After graduating summa cum laude from USM in 2008 with a Social Work Major and WGS minor, Julia Davidson went on to earn a Master’s degree in social welfare public policy, community organizing and social work administration at Rhode Island College. She then worked for several years in HIV services including doing HIV testing, needle exchange, safer sex education and outreach, and HIV case management. She also volunteered for many years on the Crisis and Support Line for Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine where she recently accepted a position as an Advocate; her duties at SARSSM include weekly outreach in jails and the women’s shelter and participating in the steering committee for Take Back the Night. In her spare time, she has worked with the progressive social workers to organize a regional chapter of the Social Welfare Action Alliance, a group dedicated to informing and responding to local social welfare policy, promoting social justice and a culture of change for consumers and practitioners of services. Julia credits the USM Women and Gender Studies department for honing her critical thinking skills, teaching her the importance of coalition building, as well as nurturing and supporting her passion for radical politics.