Created in 1990, the mission of Georgetown University Women's Center (GUWC) is to support, educate and empower women of all cultures, races, sexual orientations, genders and ages providing a safe environment while respecting all facets of women's abilities, spirituality and differences. GUWC celebrates women's achievements and advocates for a climate that promotes social justice, free of all barriers and discrimination.
In fulfilling its mission the Center provides students, faculty and staff with education, information, services and programs that address matters of particular concern to women -- while exploring the connections among gender, race, economic status, sexual orientation, culture, ability, religion, political views and other significant elements in relation to women's individuality and collective identity. Through a commitment to educate, advocate and care for the whole person, the GUWC provides opportunities for total campus involvement while attending to the specific needs and concerns of women at Georgetown University.
Laura J. Kovach, M. Ed
Director, Women's Center
Laura Kovach, M.Ed., has been the Director of the Women's Center at Georgetown University since July, 2008 and is an adjunct faculty member in the Women and Gender Studies Program. She earned her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies and Minor in Women’s Studies, from The Pennsylvania State University in 2001, and a M. Ed. in Higher Education from The Pennsylvania State University in 2007. In 2016 she participated in a summit to address campus sexual hosted by the Office on Violence against Women and the Department of Justice.
From 1999-2005 Ms. Kovach worked in the non-profit community where she provided direct support and counseling to survivors of rape, intimate partner violence, and stalking, and educated communities about intervention and prevention strategies on violence issues. She worked at the Centre County Women’s Resource Center in State College, Pennsylvania and My Sister’s Place, Inc., in Washington DC., and served as a representative for both agencies with the local college campus communities.
Ms. Kovach is a member of the National Women Studies Association (NWSA), and the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). During her time with NASPA she served a three year term on the Board for Women from 2009-2012 and worked with the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders.
Theresa Marie Romualdez, Undergraduate Assistant
Theresa Romualdez is a Junior in the COL ('19). She is currently on the pre-med track and is double majoring in English and Psychology, with a minor in Cognitive Science. At the Women's Center, she updates and works on the Website, helps plan Women's History Month, and enjoys working on the blog. She hopes to focus on learning more about gender violence, and issues of intersectionality, particularly surrounding race and mental health. Theresa is co-President of the Club Boxing team and an RA in Harbin. When she does find free time, she enjoys art, writing, running, and eating.
Sylvia Levy, Undergraduate Assistant
Sylvia Levy is a Senior in the SFS (’18) majoring in Science, Technology and International Affairs with a focus on Global Health. As a staff member in the Women’s Center last year, she organized the volunteer program and planned various events and discussions throughout the year. She enjoys having intense discussions about intersectionality and celebrating women and feminism in all of their shapes and sizes. When she’s not in the Women’s Center you can find her working on issues and policies around student health and wellness on campus, facilitating conversations about bystander intervention with SAPE, working as a TA in the Center for Jewish Civilization, at Active Minds events about mental health, playing the Baritone Saxophone in the Pep Band at Georgetown Basketball Games, speaking Chinese or going to Jewish religious and cultural events.
Vanessa Philipps, Undergraduate Assistant
Vanessa Phillips is a Junior in the MSB (’19). Vanessa plans on being a Marketing major with a minor in Korean. She originally began as a volunteer, helping with creating marketing content and blog posts for the Center. Vanessa is especially invested in discussions concerning women as leaders in the workplace, how feminism is defined today, and reproductive rights. She is also now a WAGE (Women Advancing Gender Equity) Fellow with the Center. Vanessa's on campus family is Club Boxing and she enjoys talking about her undying love of Ben & Jerry's ice cream. She's your girl for restaurant, Netflix, and travel recommendations.
Caroline Sarda, Undergraduate Assistant
Caroline Sarda is a sophomore in the COL ('20). She is currently studying English with a possible double major in Psychology. At the Women's Center, she helps work on the blog, update social media, and plan Women's History Month. She particularly enjoys discussions about women in the arts, both as subjects and as creators, and one of her favorite female artists is Sarah Kay. On campus, she is Vice President of Club Filipino and an ESCAPE Leader. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, exercising, and watching movies.
Megan Guteirrez, Graduate Assistant
Megan earned her Bachelors degree in Health Science with a concentration in Public Health Education from California State University, San Bernardino. She moved from California to Washington, DC to pursue a Masters of Public Health in Health Promotion at George Washington University. Megan works for both the Women's Center and Health Education Services focusing on gender based violence prevention programming. She is passionate about speaking out against victim blaming and rape culture. When she is not at school or work, she enjoys taking advantage of all there is to do in DC!