Student Fellowship Program
The GWA Student Fellowship Program was created to directly connect Georgetown undergraduate students to the leadership of GWA, and give students the opportunity to contribute to our organization’s mission and goals. The fellowship not only provides students with the opportunity to be an active member of the GWA Steering Committee, it also connects Fellows with GWA leadership and offers professional development and leadership opportunities. Fellows are also matched with a mentor in a leadership role on our campus.
Our Fellowship Program’s guiding pillars are: Leadership – Mentorship – Professional Development
As a Fellow, you will be part of a selective group—mentored, supported, and coached by the talented leadership of the GWA Steering Committee—to help drive the work of our organization forward and also connect our work to our student members, who make up half of our membership. You will also have access to professional opportunities and funding to support and grow your interests in women’s leadership.
The scope of the GWA Fellowship includes:
- Commitment of 5-10 hours per month working with GWA over a full academic year (August – May)
- Attendance at monthly GWA Steering Committee meetings (academic conflicts are excused)
- Participation on a GWA committee
- Pairing with a mentor
- Development and implementation of a project of choice—with support from GWA—that contributes to the goals of GWA
- General contribution to the GWA mission to connect people from across Georgetown to foster an environment where women grow, learn, and thrive through support of GWA programming development, outreach and communication, and research.
In exchange for 5-10 hours per month, Fellows have access to:
- Significant leadership opportunities within the GWA, including participation on the Steering Committee
- Direct mentorship from a senior member of Georgetown’s administration
- Professional opportunities for Fellows to support undergraduate and graduate women’s leadership at Georgetown University through work in program development, outreach and communications efforts, and research on women’s leadership
- A network of leaders on Georgetown’s campus who are advancing the work of women’s leadership
Meet the 2023 Student Fellows!
Roma Dhingra C’24: Roma Dhingra is a student in the College studying Biology of Global Health on the pre-med track. She is from Clarksburg, Maryland. Roma is passionate about promoting gender equality, reducing health disparities, and learning how psychosocial factors affect physical health.
For her GWA Project she created a Youtube Channel called “STEMPossible” which aims to tap into the wisdom of GU women alumni in the STEM fields to provide guidance for the next generation of STEM leaders.
On the Hilltop, Roma is the Health Policy and Equity Committee Chair for the Caring for Children with Cancer club as well as the Treasurer of Georgetown Relay for Life. Roma is also a Research Assistant for the Psychoneuroimmunology lab at the University of Pittsburgh. During her free time, Roma likes to explore DC, take nature walks, and spend time with family and friends.
Yifan Chen F’24: Yifan Chen is a junior majoring in Culture and Politics with a concentration in gender-specific international development and a minor in economics. Yifan’s GWA project explores mental health through a feminist lens.
On the Hilltop, she is part of the International Relations Club and is a research assistant in the African Studies Department, studying China-Africa engagement. In her free time, you can find her chatting about women’s equity issues, listening to SZA, and making her own clothes.
Emily Kim F’24: Emily Kim (she/her) is a junior in the School of Foreign Service from Ellicott City, Maryland. A Culture & Politics major, she has designed her concentration around the theme “Gender, Technology, and Law.”
For her GWA project, she is interested in critically exploring the issue of sexual assault and violence on college campuses, with an intent to offer guidance for student organizations on best practices to mitigate this issue.
On the Hilltop, she works as a communications assistant for the SFS and is a member of Georgetown’s Asian American Student Association in addition to Bossier, an intersectional feminist ‘zine. She is also a 2022 Raines Fellow and spent last summer conducting critical geographic and legal analysis of multiculturalism and gender based violence in South Korea. During her free time, Emily loves to cook, practice yoga, and run — she hopes to complete her first half marathon this fall!
Jenny Linares C’23: Jenny Linares (she/her) is a senior in the college from Miami, Florida majoring in Government and History with a minor in French.
Jenny’s GWA project is entitled “Georgetown Hidden Figures” and aims to uncover and communicate important and often lost stories of women trailblazers at Georgetown. This archival project aims to foster about women’s past, present, and future at the institution with a lens of inclusivity.
On the hilltop, she serves as a student assistant at the Women’s Center and holds leadership positions in Georgetown Women in Leadership and the Undergraduate Law Review, and the Idol Family Fellowship. She has also previously served as a research assistant in the Government Department and worked with various programs in the Center of Social Justice. This summer, Jenny served as a legal intern for Georgetown Law Health Justice Alliance’s Perinatal Legal Assistance & Well-being (LAW) Project, which provides legal services to pregnant and postpartum patients to address racial, socioeconomic, and institutional barriers to health and wellbeing. In her free time, Jenny loves to curate music playlists, read memoirs, and watch documentaries!
Meet the Fellowship Co-Directors
Kaela Jackson (Pronouns: she/her) Kaela is the Assistant Director of Young Alumni Engagement, and enjoys working closely with many of her peers and classmates to strengthen alumni connectivity by meaningfully engaging classmates with each other and with Georgetown. Outside of work, Kaela is the CEO of her own personal chef business – Cooking with Kaela.
She is originally from Wilson, NC, and graduated from Georgetown in 2018, studying Government and English. Kaela was also a member of our inaugural fellows program, so she has an especially intimate understanding of the program and how it has grown.
Isabelle Picciotti (Pronouns: she/her) is the assistant to the Director for the Center on Faith and Justice.
Prior to joining the Center’s staff, Isabelle worked in campaign consulting. She is a recent graduate of Gonzaga University with a BA in Religious Pluralism and International Relations.