Meet the Staff
Women’s Center Staff
Annie Selak, PhD, Associate Director
Annie Selak is the Associate Director in the Women’s Center. Annie comes to the Women’s Center with a wealth of experience in student affairs, Jesuit higher education, and theology. She spent 4 years as a residence hall rector at the University of Notre Dame, where she also had dual appointments in the Career Center and the Center for Social Concerns. In this capacity, she was involved in student leadership and development, sexual assault prevention and response, vocational discernment, and preparing students for culturally-informed service-learning trips.
Annie earned her doctorate in systematic theology at Boston College, specializing in the church in the United States. Her academic research includes rape culture on Catholic college campuses, identity formation in young women, multicultural and interfaith aspects of Catholicism, responding to the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic church, feminist and liberation theology, and racism and sexism in the Catholic church. Her research has appeared in Modern Theology, Journal for Catholic Social Thought, America Magazine, Washington Post, and several edited volumes and collections. She has taught in diverse learning environments including the University of Notre Dame, Boston College, and Marymount University. As a former Jesuit Volunteer (Detroit, 2005-06), Annie is committed to supporting Jesuit higher education and served on the board of directors for Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society. She is a graduate of Santa Clara University (BA Religious Studies, BS Political Science) and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (MDiv). She is a native Californian and lives in Washington DC.
“The Lived Experience of the Faithful.” In Pope Francis: A Vision for Mercy, Justice, Love and Care for the Earth, ed. Massimo Faggioli and Barbara Wall. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2019, 218-237.
“Missing Voices in Amoris Laetitia: An Examination of Law, Narrative, and Possibilities for Inclusion in Roman Catholic Church Teaching.” Journal of Catholic Social Thought 16, no. 1 (Winter 2019), 83-102.
“Orthodoxy, Orthopraxis and Orthopathy: Evaluating the Feminist Kenosis Debate.” Modern Theology 33, no. 4 (October 2017), 529-548.
“The Power of Memory and Witnessing: A Trauma-Informed Analysis of Anamnesis in the Roman Catholic Mass,” in College Theology Society Annual Volume, Liturgy + Power, ed. Brian Flanagan and Johann Vento (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2016), 22-33.
Katarina Watson, Undergraduate Assistant
Katarina Watson is a senior in the College, studying Women’s and Gender Studies and Biology. She is pre-med, and hopes to become an ob/gyn one day. She is most interested in reproductive justice, Title IX and sex education, and the intersection of gendered and racialized oppression that black womxn face. She is from Vancouver, WA, loves coffee, and studied abroad in Sweden last year!
Macky Grimm, Undergraduate Assistant
Macky is a senior in the college studying Government and Linguistics. She hails from Hampton, Virginia, where she spent her childhood as a competitive gymnast and youth council member for her city’s government. Macky is also a policy chair for GUSA and on the executive board of QPOC. In her free time she can be found watching old Hollywood movies and I Love Lucy or jamming to Broadway musical soundtracks.
Haley Wierzbicki, Undergraduate Assistant
Haley is a senior in the college from Clayton, NC. She is double-majoring in Anthropology and Justice & Peace Studies, and minoring in Women’s & Gender Studies. She is in a co-ed acapella group on campus called Georgetown Superfood. In her spare time (what is that?!), you can catch her watching a scary movie or hanging out with friends. One of her favorite classes she has taken here is Prisons and Punishment, which took place at the DC jail – ask her about it!