Kaela graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology of gender and sexuality. She graduated with honors in psychology after defending her thesis, Gender and Stress in Cross-Race Interactions: Differential Impacts for Men and Women. Kaela spent two years working in Duke’s Identity and Diversity Lab, conducting experiments, completing literature reviews, and talking to participants and fellow lab mates about gender, race, and sexuality on a daily basis. Through her time with the Identity and Diversity Lab, she had the opportunity to present a first-authored poster (Gender Differences in Displays of Stress within Cross-Race Interactions) at the 2017 Society of Southeastern Social Psychologists annual conference and won a travel grant from Duke’s Undergraduate Research Support Office. She thereafter spent a year working with kids in the Eating Disorder Research Laboratory of Duke’s psychiatry department.
After a few years of research, Kaela decided to shift gears and jumpstart her marketing career at Walk West where she contributes to the strategy team, leading client engagement and discovery projects. She also project manages and contributes to a number of internal projects, including Walk West On Demand, a platform aimed to provide education and advice to small marketing teams.
Why DEI? After my first college seminar on the Study of Sexualities, I realized two things – I wanted to study Gender Studies, and I knew very little about the intricacies and complications of human gender and sexuality. I was also curious as to how psychology plays a role in these topics, thus my path towards a self-defined major began. I believe that identities are complex and malleable things, and that individuals should not be persecuted for the ways in which they describe and express themselves.