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
Undergraduate Student Staff
- Eliza Manriquez, MCAS '19
- Janani Sundaresan, MCAS '21
- Diana Hernandez, LSOE '20
- Emma Kane, MCAS '21
- Caitlyn Spuckes, LSOE '22
Graduate student staff
Courtney Wright is a Graduate Assistant for the Women's Center and is a second 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). She is currently working to develop programming for Black women through the Women's Center while continuing to run the Thrive mentorship program. For her, working at the WC is a wonderful opportunity to combine her love of student life and involvement with her passion for diversity and service. Courtney hopes to connect with students from all walks of life, leaving them with a sense of greater connectedness. In her free time she enjoys meditating, staying physically active, traveling, and socializing with friends.
Samantha Goober is the Graduate Assistant for the Bystander Intervention Education program. She is currently a second-year student in the Higher Education Administration graduate program, concentrating in Student Affairs. She spent the past year working as the Sexual Assault Network (SANet) Graduate Assistant at the Women's Center. Samantha graduated from Boston College in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in English and Theater Arts. Before coming back to BC for her Master's, Samantha worked as the Artistic and Management Associate at the Westport Country Playhouse and the Communications and Events Coordinator at Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership. In her spare time, she enjoys trying new recipes, reading novels, and watching musical theater videos on YouTube for hours at a time.
Undergraduate student staff
Eliza Manriquez, MCAS '20, is from Orlando, Florida. She is a majoring in Sociology and minoring in American Studies, with a concentration in Law, Politics, and Culture. She just ended her terms in the Disability Caucuses for the College Democrats of Massachusetts and College Democrats of America, where she learned a lot about disability and civic engagement. This year, Eliza will also be starting her third year as a Bystander Intervention trainer, which she is beyond thrilled for! In returning to the Women's Center, she is eager to continue learning, unlearning, and enjoying the fantastic community that she is excited to be involved in for her senior year. In her free time, Eliza loves to go to Disney, debate, cook, and play with her wonderful 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 GHU coordinator on BC’s GlobeMed chapter excited to start her second year as a Bystander trainer. 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 individuals that are struggling to get the basic health services they need and deserve while also working to improve respect towards individuals who have experienced trauma. The Women's Center has provided a second home on campus for her where she has learned so much from the wonderful individuals in the office and has fostered a mission of constant growth. In her free time she immensely enjoys reading, photography and painting! On returning to the Women's Center Staff this year, she is SO thrilled to be working alongside the new staff to empower, educate and provide a safe space for our campus.
Diana Hernandez, LSOE '20, is from East Boston, MA. She is majoring in Applied Psychology and Human Development with a minor in Hispanic Studies. She is passionate about her off-campus activism centering the liberation of marginalized communities, specifically, immigrant and undocumented women/femmes. On campus, she also works as an Academic Advising Fellow. Diana is interested in research regarding communication disorders and hopes to become a bilingual speech pathologist. Diana enjoys going to small coffee shops, watching Disney movies, and traveling! This will be her first year at the Women's Center, and she is super excited to work alongside a great staff and come up with new events for BC students!
Emma Kane, MCAS ’21, is from Minneapolis, MN. She is double majoring in Political Science and Sociology. She became involved with the Women’s Center by joining its Bystander Intervention program last year. Emma also facilitates dialogues about diversity and inclusion as a Bowman Advocate through the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center. Emma is interested in law, human rights, and government. This summer, she was an intern in the Refugee and Immigrant Program at The Advocates for Human Rights, where she supported asylum seekers. This fall, Emma is studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain. She is so excited to return to BC to join the Women’s Center staff in their support of, and advocacy for, our student body.
Debbie Aboaba, MCAS ‘21, is from Staten Island, NY and is double majoring in Communications and Theater. She recently became a council member of FACES, a student-run organization at BC who’s mission is to bring an end to racism on BC’s campus through conversation and palpable actions. She is super passionate about the arts and loves how it affords her the opportunity to learn and celebrate people with different identities and stories. Debbie hopes in the future to have a career in the arts that focuses on amplifying the voices, stories and experiences of marginalized groups. If not on campus, Debbie is sure to be at any one of the coffee shops in the area treating her taste buds to various cappuccinos, lattes, and cold brews. She enjoys horror movies and long, deep talks at night with friends. She’s beyond excited and honored to be joining the WC staff and looks forward to continuing the exceptional and important work that the center is known for.
Caitlyn Spuckes, LSOE ‘22, is from Hackettstown, New Jersey. She is majoring in Applied Psychology and Human Development with a minor in Women and Gender Studies, and accepting all suggestions for another minor!! She loves to volunteer with DASACC, the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault Crisis Center in her hometown, and is passionate about victim-survivor advocacy and intersectional feminism. After spending her first year lounging on the WC couches in between classes, she is so excited to be a part of a staff that works tirelessly to make BC an inclusive home for everyone through their love and enthusiasm. In her free time, she enjoys spending an unnecessary amount of time on Twitter, Sunday night family dinners at her grandparent’s house, and shamelessly plugging her puppy, Juliette’s, Instagram account.
Lai Lai Liu, MCAS ’22, is from Beijing, China and is majoring in International Studies and English. She is a member of BC Common Tones, a service a cappella group, and volunteers at the Campus School. Lai Lai is very excited to become part of the Women’s Center because she wants to raise awareness and change around important women’s issues, as well as to grow and learn constantly. Through service and education at BC, she hopes to make a positive social impact by stimulating dialogue and empowering others. In her free time, Lai Lai can be found reading in Stokes, going on foodie adventures in Boston, and belting out show tunes in her room.
Ericka Viquez Brenes, CSOM ’21, is from Heredia, Costa Rica. She is concentrating in Finance and minoring in Applied Psychology in Lynch. This will be her third year in Latin American Business Club, a student-led organization that provides opportunities for all students to learn about the business world and how they can get involved. This year Ericka will be contributing as the Marketing Director and will keep working on sharing the stories of Latinx students to demystify the stereotypes they face. Ericka has learned about community development and urban action from her experiences at St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children and Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition. These opportunities taught her the importance of education and stability during childhood and adolescence, and that is why she hopes to work with organizations that strive for the betterment of communities once she graduates BC! In her free time, Ericka enjoys listening to musicals such as Hamilton and Waitress, watching fantasy TV shows, and learning how to cook.
Jenaea Duddie, MCAS '22, is from Colchester, Connecticut. She is majoring in International Studies with a minor in Women and Gender Studies and possibly another minor in African and African Diaspora Studies. Jenaea is very passionate about social justice and equal rights, especially those focused on people of color, women, the LGBTQ+ community, and different intersectional identities and systems. Outside of these passions, she loves to dance and is a member of the Synergy Hip Hop Dance Team at BC. When Jenaea is not dancing, which is almost all of the time, you might see her performing her spoken word poetry at SLAM! events or facilitating diversity and social justice workshops through Bowman Advocates. This past year, she was accepted into the McNair Scholars program that helps first-generation, low-income students get into graduate school. Jenaea got involved with the Women's Center by simply showing up to the office and attending the different programs they host. She'd go to the office to hang out, talk, do homework, be supported, but more importantly, nap. Jenaea's really excited to be working at the Women's Center and provide a safe space for students where they can be their most authentic selves.