Dr. Stephanie A. Sellers
Dr. Stephanie A. Sellers is Director of the Women’s Center and a faculty member in the English and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies departments. Her doctoral degree is in Native American Studies specializing in Women of the Eastern Woodlands, particularly the traditionally gendered governing and leadership structures of the nations. She is the author of two books and a forthcoming edited anthology on the lifeworks of Paula Gunn Allen (Laguna Pueblo/Sioux). Dr. Sellers is on the newly-formed Association for Collegiate Women’s Leadership Education, a sub-committee of the American Association of University Women.
I am passionate about women’s leadership because a nation can only fully express itself with dignity and purpose when every citizen has access to full participation within it.
Hughes began as director of the GLC in July 2010. Previously, he served as assistant director of the Explorations program for first-year students and assistant director of student involvement and leadership at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. Hughes earned a bachelor's degree majoring in English literature from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., and master's degree in educational leadership from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
Michaela Sweeney '14, Women's Center Program Coordinator
Michaela Sweeney is a senior Public Policy and Environmental Studies double major, and is concentrating her studies in sustainable development and environmental policy. During the spring 2013 semester she traveled abroad to Copenhagen, Denmark, where she studied sustainable development and urban livability in a Scandinavian context. Michaela has been with the Women's Center for the past two years, working as an office assistant and as a coordinator for a new women's leadership program. She is absolutely thrilled to be joining the Women's Center team again this year as a Program Coordinator. I am very passionate about women's empowerment and leadership. Being involved with the Women’s Center has been a highlight of my undergraduate experience at Gettysburg College so far. I love working at the WC because I enjoy collaborating with other people who are also passionate about creating a more welcoming and inclusive campus environment. I love the people, the community, and the work that makes the WC such a unique and strong organization on campus.
Natalie Wismer '15, Women's Leadership Program Summer Intern
I am a Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Major and a member of ALLies Club, the Student Life Committee, and Dance Ensemble. I am passionate about LGBTQ issues, in particular the general lack of trans* inclusion and the high levels of homelessness among LGBTQ youth. I hope to help reform our current social institutions in the future in the hopes of better addressing these issues. Additionally, I am passionate about writing, a form of self-expression that enables me to be more introspective and develop a better sense of self-awareness. I love working at the Women’s Center because it has afforded me the opportunity to have a wonderful internship. Over the Summer of 2013, I am working on developing the curriculum for the Women’s Leadership Program that will go into effect this coming year. This program is geared at empowering the women and transwomen of Gettysburg College to realize their capability to become leaders and to identify potential barriers in the hopes they will be more equipped at combating them. This experience is satisfying on both a professional and personal level, as the Women’s Leadership Program Intern I have been able to learn more about my own set of skills in addition to performing work outside of my comfort zone, helping me to develop more confidence in my own abilities.
Sara Mater ’16, Women’s Leadership Program Project Lead
Sara Mater is a sophomore Biology major from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Sara is a Leadership Mentor for the Garthwait Leadership Center and the Chief Financial Officer of Smart Woman Securities, an organization focused on investment education for undergraduate women on campus. In her spare time, Sara enjoys traveling, volunteering, and doing anything outdoor-related. In May of 2013, Sara attended the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, making connections with other college women throughout the United States and bringing new insight into the Women’s Leadership Program for Gettysburg. Passionate about learning how to empower women with the skills necessary for the real-world, Sara is excited to be facilitating the Women’s Leadership Program this fall.
Monae Evans '15, Women's Leadership Program Project Lead
I am Junior from Philadelphia, Pa with a double major in Political Science and International Affairs. This year, I became a Leadership Mentor at the Garthwait Leadership Center and a new employee at the Center for Career Development. I have always had a profound interest in Women’s studies and have taken more than 3 courses in this subject area throughout my college career. Last semester, I even participated in the Women and Leadership program with the Eisenhower Institute, which allowed me to further my knowledge in this area outside of the classroom. Words cannot express the excitement and enthusiasm that I have for working on this project. My central goal is to advance the participants’ self-confidence and refine their image of female leaders. I want these women to realize that they have potential to be great leaders and that they can be an inspiration and an agent for societal change.