who we are

If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.

 

—audre lorde

 

mission

The Women’s Center was originally founded by students 1971, and is currently staffed by a full-time Director, a Program Coordinator, and undergraduate and graduate students.

Our mission is to recognize and redress historic and persistent gender inequality at Princeton and beyond.  To achieve this we help students learn from the history of women’s and other movements for social equality, and empower them to identify systems that reproduce gender inequity in the present and to envision and create a more just future.


why the name women*s center?

We keep the original name to honor the relatively brief history of women at Princeton, as well as to acknowledge the work that women have done through the years to make Princeton a more equitable place.


why the asterisk?

An asterisk within or next to a word can indicate that there’s something more to learn.  It may signify an omission, a caveat, or might direct the reader to additional information.   We have replaced our apostrophe with an asterisk to suggest that we are much more than our name implies: the Center is not just for women nor is it just about women. Instead, the Center welcomes and engages persons of all genders, including genderqueer, nonconforming, transgender folks, and cisgender men.


 

staff

Amada Sandoval

 

DIRECTOR
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I joined the Women*s Center as director in 2001, after a few years as a graduate student here at Princeton in the English Department. In my capacity as director I get to learn from undergraduates, graduate students, other scholars, and staff; and occasionally teach undergraduates. In addition to my work at the Center I am an Academic Adviser for Wilson College, and have been involved in many campus-wide initiatives, including the Steering Committee on Undergraduate Women’s Leadership, the Alcohol Initiative, and many more. I grew up in Colorado and Missouri, and have been on the East Coast since college. Outside of work I enjoy cooking, writing, attending PU sports events, and talking about film and contemporary fiction. My graduate work is on film noir, and hard-boiled detective fiction from the early 1940s.

 

Anna Phung


PROGRAM COORDINATOR
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Hi y’all! I’m excited to join the Women*s Center team here at Princeton University in the midst of Fall 2018. My experiences and passion have centered around providing holistic support for historically disenfranchise students in higher education through social justice education and program development. Before coming to Princeton, I worked at Oberlin College and Conservatory in Ohio and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in multicultural, women, and LGBTQ resource affairs positions. I love talking about food migration patterns, cultures, TV shows, and just eating in general. If you have an affinity for board games, video games, and some obscure and not-so-obscure geek world fandoms, make sure to connect!

 
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Mary DeVellis


Undergraduate Intern
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Hello, my name is Mary! I am a sophomore vegetarian hailing from Boston, following a pre-medical track while concentrating in Anthropology with certificates in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Global Health Policy. I’m working at the Women*s Center because I believe deeply in the power of gender equality and the importance of diminishing gender stereotyping. My inspiration comes from my three wonderful sisters. By engaging in sexual health education and activism, I spread my passion for feminist empowerment to people in the United States and across the world. I’m also an avid outdoorswoman spending my Saturday mornings going for long runs on the towpath and hiking each fall for a week straight as an OA leader. I love cafes, ice cream, and my wild hair. My best dining hall hack is making ice cream cookie sandwiches. Please introduce yourself if you see me around the Women*s Center! 

 
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Mikaela Gerwin


Undergraduate Intern
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Hi! I'm Mikaela Gerwin, a senior from New York City. I am studying History with a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy. I spent a gap year living in Peru through the Bridge Year Program and did a semester abroad in Spain last Spring semester. Come talk to me about the best humanities classes, ways to travel through Princeton, and awesome programs at the Women's Center!

 
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Teresa

Irigoyen-Lopez


Undergraduate Intern
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Hi everyone! I'm currently a senior and very excited for my last semester working at the Women*s Center. I joined as a first year and during my four years here I have gotten to participate in a lot of great events and conversations. Some of favorites include collaborating with Princeton Independent Film Festival, tea with feminists talks, and spoken word poetry performances. I also co-founded the Bechdel Film Series (BFS), through which I have gotten to watch and discuss some really amazing films. This past semester I actually met Allison Bechdel when she came to campus and told her about it, which excited her so much that she drew an original cartoon thanking me for the initiative! When I am not lying on one of our huge bean bags, I can be found dancing with Black Arts Company (BAC) and Naacho South Asian Dance Company. I also work at a library on campus and write for the University's Admissions blog. Other things I really enjoy include reading, binge watching interviews by my favorite authors and talking about the importance of community living (yay coops!)

 
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Brooke Johnson


Undergraduate Intern
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Brooke Johnson ’22 is so excited to be a part of the team at the Princeton University Women*s Center! She hopes to help continue the work the the Center does in creating a safe, educational, and inclusive space for all who need it on Princeton’s campus and in continuing to extend the conversation on campus surrounding the lived experiences of all genders on this campus and in the wider world. In her free time, she loves becoming emotionally attached to random dogs she passes, laughing with her friends, and using far too many exclamation points!  

 
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Madeleine Marr


Undergraduate Intern
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Madeleine is a sophomore from outside of Philadelphia in the Politics department. She is also studying for Certificates in GSS and Linguistics. On top of her work in the Women*s Center, Madeleine serves as the President of the Wildcats (an all-female a cappella group on campus), as an Assistant Editor and Senior Columnist for the Daily Princetonian, as a board member for the Princeton Women’s Alliance, and as a volunteer at the EASEL animal shelter in Ewing, NJ. In the free time she has, she enjoys reading and listening to podcasts (her current favorite is Hysteria). 

 
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Sarah Radwan


Undergraduate Intern
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Sarah is a Baltimore born, Hawaiian raised Egyptian native that currently resides in sunny Charleston, SC. She loves painting and drawing portraits, designing clothing, playing her guitar, singing, and advocating for intersectional women’s rights on campus and across the world. At Princeton she is also involved in the Sankofa African fashion show and she is a member of the Wildcats all-female a cappella group.

 
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Sylvie Thode


Undergraduate Intern
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Hi everyone! My name is Sylvie, and I am a junior in the English Department. On campus, I am involved in a variety of arts and humanities initiatives, ranging from the Humanities Council and the Edwards Collective to the Center for Digital Humanities. Much of my academic work has to do with historical and literary manifestations of gender inequality, especially pertaining to violence and the body, but I find it even more important to put that theoretical commitment into action here at the Women*s Center. Come drop by sometime and say hi!

 
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