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Elizabeth Jose Sociology of Education Alum

Elizabeth Jose

MA in Sociology of Education Alumni in Action

Undergraduate University: University of California, Santa Cruz

Undergraduate Major: Politics

Current Job: I’m the founder and director of WE Bike NYC- Women’s Empowerment through Bicycling

What is your favorite part of your job?

I love working with different kinds of people who I would probably not connect with in my regular life. Teaching bicycle riding and bicycle mechanics to women, and then seeing how they use this skill and organize their communities around bicycles is incredibly rewarding.

What was your favorite part of the Sociology of Education program?

My favorite part about the program was that it allowed me to pursue the things I was passionate about, and it was OK that what I was passionate about when I applied wasn’t what I was passionate about when I left. The professors helped me gain the skills I needed to launch my own organization and gave me the confidence to pursue a non-traditional career path.

How did NYU prepare you for your current job?

The toolkit I gained at NYU included skills in evaluation and statistics that really put me a cut above the rest in the grant application pool.

Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?

Follow your passions and use your professors as a resource. Make lots of meetings and ask as many questions as you can!

Any last thoughts that you'd like to share with current or prospective students?

WE Bike NYC is always looking for volunteers and participants. If you are a woman or female identifying person and like bikes, or think you might, contact us at