The WC Staff
Katie Dalton is the Director of the Women's Center. Katie received both her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Boston College. Katie enjoys being active and indulges her competitive side whenever possible. She and her husband, also a Boston College graduate, can often be found skiing, testing out Barefoot Contessa recipes, or pushing their two young sons, Liam and Teddy, and their daughter, Quinn, in a jogging stroller around Milton!
Graduate Student Staff
- Courtney Wright, Women's Center GA
- Teresa Sullivan, Bystander Intervention GA
- Samantha Goober, Sexual Assault Network (SANet) GA
Undergraduate Student Staff
- Maithri Harve, MCAS ’19
- Julia Barrett, MCAS ‘19
- Djanan Kernizan, MCAS '19
- Maggie Haesler, LSOE '19
- Cris Zubizarreta, MCAS ’19
- Amirah Orozco, MCAS '19
- Franchesca Araújo, MCAS '20
- Victory Adikema, MCAS ’20
- Eliza Manriquez, MCAS '20
- Janani Sundaresan, MCAS ’21
Graduate student staff
Courtney Wright is a Graduate Assistant for the Women's Center and is a first year student in the Mental Health Counseling graduate program. Courtney graduated from BC in 2016 with a Bachelor's in Applied Psychology and Human Development (and with minors in Philosophy and Psychology). Since graduating from Boston College, Courtney has found various ways to immerse herself in the world of mental health, from working with youth in a therapeutic summer camp to senior citizens with Alzheimer's. Most recently she worked as a research coordinator at a halfway home for women and children, collecting information on treatment services and to enhance the women's recovery experience. For her, working at the WC is a wonderful opportunity to combine her love of student life and involvement with her zeal for diversity and social justice. Courtney hopes to connect with students from all walks of life, leaving them with a sense of greater health and wellness. In her free time she enjoys meditating, staying physically active, web-surfing, traveling, and socializing with friends.
Teresa Sullivan is the Graduate Assistant for the Bystander Intervention Education program. She is originally from Pleasantville, New York. Teresa graduated Boston College in May 2017 with her undergraduate degree and remained on campus at the School of Theology and Ministry, pursuing a Masters in Theology and Pastoral Ministry. During her time at BC, Teresa worked as an undergraduate staff member at the Women's Center for three years. In her free time, Teresa enjoys reading long books, planning elaborate trips, and drinking strong coffee.
Samantha Goober is the Graduate Assistant for the Sexual Assault Network (SANet). She is currently a first-year student in the Higher Education Administration graduate program, concentrating in Student Affairs. After graduating from Boston College with a bachelor's degree in English and Theater Arts, Samantha worked as the Artistic and Management Associate at the Westport Country Playhouse, where she returns each year to curate and direct "Letters to our Daughters: An International Women's Day Celebration." Most recently, Samantha worked as Communications and Events Coordinator at Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership, where she worked with students to bring their heroes and role models to campus. In her spare time, she enjoys feeding her Pinterest addiction, reading novels, and watching musical theater videos on YouTube for hours at a time.
Undergraduate student staff
Maithri Harve, MCAS '19, is from Ashland, MA, and is double majoring in Computer Science and Communications (and really wishes she could fit a women & gender studies minor into her schedule). She is the co-president of the Boston College chapter of Girls Who Code, a national organization dedicated to empowering girls by teaching them how to code. She is super excited to return to the Women's Center for her senior year to continue to empowering and educating the BC community! Maithri is extremely passionate about intersectional feminism, starting effective conversation about sexual assault on campus, and being a good ally. In her free time, she enjoys telling herself that she'll build an app some day, watching (and crying over) hockey and football, and drinking way too much iced coffee.
Julia Barrett, MCAS ‘19, is from Lansing, New York, and is an International Studies major, concentrating in Ethics and International Social Justice - Economic and Social Development, minoring in Foundation in Education. She has been a member of the AHANA+ Leadership Council (ALC) for the last three years. Julia has an incredibly love for her job at the Women’s Center and has a special interest in intersectional feminism, LGBTQ+ rights, gender equality, and sexual assault on campus. In her free time, Julia likes to read, attempt to kickbox, play her problems away on her ukulele, and sometimes interact with other humans.
Djanan Kernizan, MCAS '19, is from Queens, New York, and is a Sociology major with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. She is the President and Co-Captain of BC's female step team, Females Incorporating Sisterhood Through Step (F.I.S.T.S.). Djanan is excited to join the Women's Center Staff to help support and empower all women, and celebrate the beautiful and diverse identities they all hold. In her free time, Djanan enjoys excessively sleeping, eating, and "spilling tea" with her amazing friends and family.
Maggie Haesler, LSOE '19, is from Burlington, Vermont. She is majoring in Applied Psychology & Human Development (with a focus on Community, Advocacy & Social Policy) and minoring in Women's & Gender Studies. Maggie recently studied at La Sorbonne in Paris, France and she is so excited to be returning to the Women’s Center for her third year! She is very passionate about intersectional feminism, mental health advocacy, and effective allyship. In her free time, Maggie enjoys volunteering with Planned Parenthood, creating music, practicing French, and getting outdoors in Vermont’s Green Mountains.
Cris Zubizarreta, MCAS ’19, is from Cleveland, Ohio. Cris is a sociology major with minors in french and women's and gender studies. As a member of the Boston College Women's Center, Cris is eager to engage members of the Boston College community in dialogue surrounding issues they feel passionate about, including: trauma and survivorship, queer identities and sexualities, racism and white privilege, and deconstructing the heteropatriarchy. Whenever Cris is not at the Women's Center or working on homework, they can be found reading, cooking vegetarian recipes, hiking, or adventuring with their partner.
Amirah Orozco, MCAS '19, is originally from the El Paso, Texas and Cd. Juarez, Mexico border. She is currently a Political Science and Philosophy double major. She is proud of her Mexican-American ethnicity, but is so excited to call Boston her home for at least the next four years. She spent her entire junior year in Dublin, Ireland at Trinity College and so is ecstatic to return for her senior year. While BC will inevitably have changed so much, she looks forward to the new challenges this will bring. She is also a Bowman Advocate through the Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Office, is writing a senior thesis on the ethical urgency on taking action on climate change, and works on campaigns across Massachusetts politics. She mostly spends free time watching movies and listening to music and then talks about it with everyone. Especially Bill Hader and Alabama Shakes.
Franchesca Araújo, MCAS '20, is from Waterbury, Connecticut, and is an International and Environmental studies major. Franchesca is passionate about climate and environmental justice particularly as they relate to racial and economic justice (globally and domestically). As an afrolatina, she is committed to illuminating the complexities of latinx identity and the distinction between race and ethnicity, as ignoring that distinction has contributed to the marginalization of black latinxs. Franchesca's areas of interest also include the prison industrial complex and mass incarceration. She is comitted to rejecting oppressive feminist ideologies that see black and brown liberation, queer liberation, and global equity as secondary issues. She is excited to join the Women's center staff and contribute her own personal experiences as well as learn from the experiences of others!
Victory Adikema, MCAS ’20, is from Baton Rouge, LA. She is an International Studies major and a French minor. As a member of the Women's Center staff, Victory hopes to encourage all Boston College students, regardless of gender, to engage in open dialogue surrounding topics she's passionate about. Such topics include: sexual assault on campus, LGBTQ+ rights, womanism, racism, intersectionality, wealth disparity, mental illness, and how underrated authenticity is in modern society, to name a few. When she’s not working at the Women's Center, Victory could probably be found writing poetry, watching cartoons that are “meant for children”, or filling her Amazon cart with items she knows she cannot afford.
Eliza Manriquez, MCAS '20, is from Orlando, Florida and is majoring in Sociology with a minor in American Studies. She is a group moderator for the Women's March on Washington, Disability Caucus and a Bystander Intervention trainer and loves her role in educating first year students about the importance of consent. Eliza is incredibly excited to join the Women's Center staff because she will be surrounded by a group of like-minded people who are passionate about social justice and intersectional feminism. In her free time, Eliza loves to feed ducks at the Res, engage in political debates, go to Disney World, and play with her incredibly cute service dog, Aurora.
Janani Sundaresan, MCAS ’21, is from Potomac, MD and is Majoring in Biology and minoring in Medical Humanities on the pre-med track! She is the GROW coordinator on BC’s GlobeMed chapter and a member of Arrupe’s Chile team. She is extremely passionate about working to educate, empower and support women’s and maternal health in Boston and around the world. One day she hopes to use her education to empower and serve women in South Asia that are struggling to get the health services they need and deserve. In her free time she enjoys watching cartoons between writing papers, finding dogs to pet, and hanging out in spaces with copious amounts of plants and flowers and reading with coffee! She’s super excited to be working with the Women’s Center and hopes to get to know all the beautiful and colorful humans it supports!