Meet Megan Tanahashi, Graphic Design Student and Co-President of the Feminist Action Club

Megan Tanahashi, People of Sierra

Meet Megan Tanahashi: Designer, Blogger and Co-President of the Feminist Action Club

What's your major, and what do you hope to do after you graduate? What kind of job do you hope to get?
I am an applied art and design major with a concentration in graphic design. After I graduate from Sierra, I hope to complete either a Bachelor’s in graphic design with a minor in women’s studies or a web design certification program. Once I’m out of college, I’m hoping to travel a bunch and then get a job with an online media company like Bustle, PopSugar or Brit + Co.
What is the biggest thing you’ve learned in your life?
The biggest thing I’ve learned in life so far is that time is precious.
Take opportunities that come your way, spend time with the people you love and don’t waste a moment holding on to things that don’t matter. Life is too short for that.
Another lesson that life has taught me is that you can’t plan for everything. Life happens. Learn to be flexible about your methods, but remain stubborn in your goals. That’s how I ended up here.
How many years have you volunteered for the Feminist Action Club (FAC)? How did you become co-president?
I joined the Feminist Action Club during my second semester at Sierra. (I’ve been here for four semesters now). I started as secretary and then became president for a semester, funnily enough by winning rock-paper-scissors as a tie-breaker. The next semester the club voted to combine the duties of president and vice-president and create two co-president positions instead. I remain co-president for the upcoming fall semester since nobody ran against me.
Tell us what kind of events the club puts on and the actions you take on and off campus.
On campus, FAC participates in a majority of the social justice events that are hosted by ASSC:
Social Justice Days
Pride Week
Love Your Body Week
We also partake in the various programs that are organized by the Student Engagement Centers on campus.
We also started the Student Parent Resource Fair last semester. The fair helps support Sierra College students who are also parents under Title IX.
We are planning a Take Back the Night March in the fall.
Off campus, we try to connect with our community. We join marches, rallies and other activist gatherings that address inequity, especially those brought on by the current political climate. We’ve participated in the following:
The Sacramento Women’s March in January
A counter-protest in support of the Roseville/Mar Monte Planned Parenthood
The Empowering Womxn of Color Conference (EWOCC) in Berkley
Can you tell us more about the free resource closet? What kinds of resources does it contain, and how can students access them?
The Resource Closet is located in the Women and Gender Resource Center (Room I-1A), one of the Student Engagement Centers (SECs).
All you have to do to get access to the resources is show up during open hours! The closet contains the following:
Free pads and tampons
School supplies
We also have various pamphlets and handouts on reproductive services, Title IX rights and more. We’re always looking for donations!
What is your proudest achievement for the Feminist Action Club (FAC)?
My proudest achievement has been making the club more active each semester. And, getting involved as much as possible in making a positive difference on campus and in the community. We take the “A” in FAC seriously!
The club has expanded its presence at campus events and increased participation in community events. We’ve added more meeting times, created social media channels to make us more accessible and done a ton more fundraising.
We’ve held bake sales and sold handmade buttons to raise money to purchase THINX menstrual underwear which we donated to Women’s Empowerment. We’ve also put on the Nasty Art: Feminist Art Show which benefitted Women’s Health Specialists.
How can interested students join the Feminist Action Club (FAC)?
The easiest way to join is to check out our Facebook Page. Our public page has answers to our FAQs and general information, posts about community events and general announcements.
We have a connected and private FAC group. On the group, we post links to current feminist news, organize carpools to community events and discuss our #FemTalks pick of the month.
#FemTalks is our media club where we pick a book, movie or podcast that coincides with a theme each month. Most of the time, the theme is based around one of our big events. It’s a great way to participate if you can’t make our meeting times.
What is your favorite thing about the people at Sierra College?
My favorite thing about the people of Sierra College is the sense of community that they create.
I’ve made some of my best friends through the social justice niche who constantly encourage me. Also, the professors here are so willing to support you and help you succeed.
What’s your best Sierra College memory? 
I love the drag shows that Sierra College and Spectrum host! I’ve done makeup for two of them now, and it’s been so fun!
If you could time travel, what period would you visit and what would you do?
I would love to go back to the 1920s! The Jazz Age fascinates me, and I love the flapper fashion. It’s also a time when (most) women were awarded the right to vote, and the amount of new-found freedom would be interesting to observe. I find the period glamorous, even though that probably wasn’t the reality for most people.
My second choice would be the 1970s because of all of the civil rights movements, although I feel like we are on the verge of another wave of movements like this. Going to the future would be cool too, especially if it was something like Star Wars.
If there's anything else you'd like to share, feel free!
My side hustle is blogging about beauty and lifestyle. I like that it combines almost all of my interests from design to photography, writing and makeup. Plus, the free products are a sweet bonus.
My role models are strong women of color: Beyoncé, Frida Kahlo and Yuri Kochiyama.
I’m a huge Disney nerd.
I love typography and am obsessed with ampersands.
I am half Japanese and half Filipino.
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