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Marguerite Lehman

Graduate Student in Human Resources and Employment Relations

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021


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Marguerite Nguyen Lehman is a first-year graduate student from San Jose, California pursuing a Master's of Science degree in the Human Resources and Employment Relations program at Penn State University. In Spring 2017, Marguerite earned her Bachelor's of Arts degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies from the University of San Diego. She graduated Summa Cum Laude, with honors from both her major and minor. She then completed a Master's of Arts degree in Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State, specializing in rhetorical theory and feminist theory. Her research has focused on the role of disclosure in activist discourses, particularly as it has been utilized by the #MeToo movement and transgender rights activists. Her research has won multiple awards and she has presented at conferences around the United States.  Over the last two years she has worked with various working groups at Penn State to foster better diversity and inclusion, with particular attention to the needs of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. She is a member of the Graduate Alliance for Diversity and Inclusion, a group of graduate students within the College of Liberal Arts committed to advocating for the interests of marginalized students. She also worked in the Sparks Gender Inclusive Bathroom Initiative to implement a gender-inclusive bathroom in Sparks (construction to begin Fall 2019). 

As a graduate student in Human Resources and Employment Relations, Marguerite is interested in diversity, inclusion, and social justice within the workplace. She is curious about how workplaces can become spaces of empowerment for their workers and sites to spark broader social change. Marguerite finds the industries of academia and tech particularly exciting spaces, particularly as they relate to the gig economy. 

Outside of the academy, Marguerite also enjoys visiting farmers' markets, hiking, and reading.