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.
Lauren Bly, Program Coordinator
Lauren began her role as a program coordinator in August 2016. In 2015, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston College. During her time at BC, she worked at the Women's Center, where her main responsibility was coordinating Concerned About Rape Education (CARE) Week. Before transferring to Boston College, Lauren was an undergraduate staff member at Gettysburg College's Women's Center, where she wrote articles about sexual violence prevention and response, feminism, and campus resources. Lauren is thrilled to be working at a women's center again, and she looks forward to an exciting year of feminist programs!
Catherine Pilishvili, Graduate Assistant
Catherine Pilishvili is a Graduate Student in the M.A. in Conflict Resolution Program at Georgetown. She graduated from Emory University in 2015, with a double major in International Studies and Journalism. Prior to joining the Women’s Center, Catherine worked at The Carter Center in Atlanta, in the Global Access to Information Program. Her interests include gender equality and international human rights. Catherine is the Women’s Center Graduate Assistant, and can be reached at email@example.com.
Veronica Quinonez, Gender Violence Program Coordinator
Veronica Quinonez is a Graduate Student in the M.A. in Conflict Resolution Program at Georgetown. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012, with a double major in International Studies and Psychology as well as a double minor in Anthropology and Religious Studies. Her interests include various gender issues, identity, and root causes to conflict. Veronica is the Women’s Center and Health Education Services Gender Violence Graduate Assistant, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theresa Marie Romualdez, Undergraduate Assistant
Theresa Romualdez is a sophomore in the COL ('19). She is currently on the pre-med track and is probably going to major in English with a minor in Cognitive Science. At the Women's Center, she helps plan Women's History Month, helped plan Elect Her 2016, and enjoys working on the blog and focusing on issues of intersectionality, particularly surrounding race and mental health. Theresa is also the president of Club Filipino and on the executive board of the Club Boxing team. When she does find free time, she enjoys photography, writing, running, and eating.
Sylvia Levy, Undergraduate Assistant
Sylvia Levy is a junior 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 with GUSA on mental health-related policies, 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 sophomore in the MSB (’19). Vanessa plans on being an International Business and Marketing double major with a minor in Art. 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 the empowerment of women. Vanessa's on campus family is Club Boxing and she enjoys talking about her undying love of ice cream.