Originally a born and bred New Yorker, Andaye Hill is a student of the Applied Women’s Studies Program and the School of Community and Global Health at CGU. Her interest in women’s rights started early on, the result of being raised by a single mother who’s a staunch advocate for the rights of women and likewise, has an acute awareness of the intersections of race, gender, and class. This early exposure provided Andaye with a strong foundation in feminist theory and philosophy.
In 1995 Andaye participated in the UN World Conference on Women, where she held a workshop on media literacy, was a guest speaker for the Women in Sports Foundation, and also worked as a photojournalist. The year prior to that Andaye was an international observer for the Mexican elections, where she likewise worked as a photojournalist and created a documentary piece for CBS Up To The Minute. In 2001 she obtained her undergraduate degree from the City College of New York in Medical Anthropology and shortly thereafter received another degree in theater at the prestigious two-year Broadway acting conservatory, Circle in The Square Theater School. Upon moving to California she began working with children with developmental disabilities and eventually, created her own successful business providing respite to special needs children and their families.
In 2011, Andaye decided it was time for a career change. The Applied Women’s Studies Program combined with the School of Community and Global Health align with her vision of where and with whom she wanted to work. Since starting the AWS program at CGU Andaye has worked with Ms. Magazine on their 40th Anniversary issue, was a panelist at the National Women’s Studies Association conference where she was invited to speak on “Re-imagining Women’s Studies in The Digital Age” by Karon Jolna the director of Ms. In the Classroom. She’s the recipient of the 2013 Pacific Life Foundation Fellowship award.
Deeply moved by the issues and challenges that female veterans are facing particularly, those who are returning home from Operation Iraqi freedom and Operation Enduring freedom, Andaye’s concentration is to find solution-focused intervention initiatives designed to address the needs of veteran servicewomen especially, those that are at-risk and homeless. Her motivation to address the needs, as well as gaining an understanding as to why veteran servicewomen are becoming homeless, led her to the ADVANCE Women’s program of U.S. VETS where she’s currently the project development assistant and is likewise helping with the coordination of their 3rd Annual Female Stand Down.
By combining her skills, along with her M.A. in Applied Women’s and M.P.H from the School of Community and Global Health at CGU, Andaye looks forward to pursuing a career that is solution focused and sheds light on the narratives and issues of not only our female veterans but also, on issues directly affecting maternal and child health.