It’s true. I am a dude. And while my fellow male classmates and I may constitute a distinct numerical minority at GSSW, I am writing to tell all you prospective and admitted dudes that you should have no fear. Ok fine, maybe you should have a little healthy dose of fear. Being a male within the predominantly female GSSW cohort immerses you in a plethora of ideas and perspectives that I for one had not previously experienced. Not only have I become more aware of the privilege that I possess as a male, but I also have been able to better understand where other genders come from. While I undoubtedly have a long way to go, GSSW has started me on an important process. In addition, despite the fact that I am frequently the only male in my classes, I nevertheless feel that my opinions are valued and respected, even if they sometimes differ greatly from my peers. Although there may not be many of us, I feel that dudes represent an integral attribute of the program. So join us and maybe I can have fellow dudes in my classes!