In November, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumnus John Erickson ’09, of West Hollywood, to the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.
Erickson, the first male to graduate from UWO with a women’s studies degree, also is the first male appointed to serve on the commission.
“This is historic, and really shows what you can do with a women’s studies degree from UWO,” he said.
Erickson looks forward to working to improve the lives of women and girls from all walks of life in California.
He began work in June 2017 as a legislative representative at Los Angeles World Airports. He served in several positions for the City of West Hollywood from 2011 to 2017, including community events technician, deputy for city council member Abbe Land and administrative services specialist.
In 2015, the UWO Alumni Board honored Erickson with an Outstanding Young Alumni Award for his efforts to promote activism in LGBTQ and women’s rights on campus and in West Hollywood.
Erickson was an adjunct instructor in the Harvey Mudd College Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and the Arts from 2011 to 2013 and a student liaison for the Claremont Graduate University Applied Women’s Studies Program from 2010 to 2013.
At UW Oshkosh, Erickson enjoyed playing volleyball, helping the men’s team earn a national championship in 2007 and a national runner-up finish in 2009. He is remembered as the only openly gay male student-athlete at UWO at the time, earning All-American honors in 2009 and voted as First Team All-Conference in the Wisconsin Volleyball Conference and First Team All-Conference in the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association in 2007, 2008 and 2009. In 2009, Erickson earned Most Valuable Player at the Wisconsin Volleyball Conference Tournament.