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 Garthwait Leadership Center 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 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 the Women's Leadership Program.
"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. I love working at the Women's Center 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 Women's Center such a unique and strong organization on campus."
Natalie Wismer '15, Women's Leadership Program Summer Intern
Natalie is 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 worked on developing the curriculum for the Women’s Leadership Program that will go into effect this 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."
Monae Evans '15, Women's Leadership Program Project Lead
Monae is a Junior from Philadelphia, PA and is a double major in Political Science and International Affairs. She is 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."
Katherine Fila '15, Women's Leadership Program Project Lead
Katherine Fila is a junior majoring in English with a business minor. She is a Leadership Mentor for the Garthwait Leadership Center, is the editor of the features section of the Gettysburgian, and just returned from a wonderful semester abroad in Aix en Provence, France. There, she had an internship with a French start-up company that organizes corporate and private events in authentically Provencal settings. Katherine is eager to commence her work with the Women's Leadership Program through the Garthwait Leadership Center and feels privileged to be joining such a diverse and dynamic team. She is passionate about women's leadership because she feels in order to become the strongest and most successful leader she can, she needs to have a firm understanding of not only the challenges she could face as a young woman soon to be entering the workforce, but also how to combat them. She feels that the best leaders are the most informed leaders and is excited to continue to learn and push herself in this new role.