Women in International Affairs


Georgetown Women in International Affairs (GWIA) aims to develop quality leadership among Georgetown graduate students and to increase the visibility of women in international affairs. Through interactive programming, GWIA connects, empowers and prepares emerging leaders. The student-led GWIA Executive Board spearheads the initiative’s planning, programming, and communications, working closely with our staff.

GWIA is constantly looking to meet the needs of its graduate students. If you have ideas or suggestions, please feel free to contact the Executive Board at graduategwia@gmail.com or connect with via social media through their Facebook Page and Facebook Group or Instagram.

The GWIA Executive Board develops and implements a variety of programs based on the needs of graduate women seeking careers in international affairs. The Executive Board consists of the following positions: two Co-Presidents, Communications Chair, and Professional Development Chair.


Delphi Cleaveland, Co-President

Delphi Cleaveland is currently pursuing a Masters in German and European Studies, with a certificate in International Diplomacy. Her research foci are on Gender Empowerment through U.S. and E.U. Foreign Policy. Prior to her time at Georgetown, Delphi worked as Program Manager for the Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-kill, where she organized their Girl’s Leadership Worldwide program, and worked to collaborate with Harvard University on a traveling panel series honoring the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She has lived in both Germany and Switzerland, and speaks German fluently. Delphi holds a B.A. in German Area, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Law & Society from Cornell University, where she was a division I Track & Field athlete, all four years. At Georgetown, Delphi is also Vice-President of Graduate Student Council.


Carrie Fante, Co-President

Carrie Fante is a student in the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program where she is concentrating in Global Politics and Security with a particular interest in gender policy and women, peace, and security. Prior to her studies at Georgetown, Carrie worked as a Program Associate in the Membership Department at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she focused on membership prospecting and efforts to increase membership diversity. She has completed internships with U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, and with Plan International Myanmar. Carrie holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in Diplomatic History and minored in Spanish and Political Science.


Kate Shafer, Professional Development Chair

Kate Shafer is a student in the Master of Science in Foreign Service program, where she is concentrating in Global Politics and Security and focusing on human rights and border relations in Latin America and East Asia. She has interned with the U.S. Department of State at the U.S. Mission to the UN in Rome and with the Atlantic Council’s Center for Resilience. Prior to Georgetown, Kate completed fellowships with the Ameson Foundation in China, Fulbright Program in Taiwan, and Work First Foundation in New York, where she conducted research on the role of technology in financial inclusion. Kate received her B.A. in International Studies from Elon University, where she completed an Honors Thesis on the politics of Haitian-Dominican immigration and labor. A Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow, Kate will join the U.S. Foreign Service following graduation.


Maira Elisa Dimagiba, Community Engagement Chair 
Elisa is a student in the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program, concentrating in Global Politics and Security. Prior to coming to Georgetown, she worked as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers Philippines. As a member of the Public Sector Team, she completed multiple projects with the trade, education, and social development agencies of the Philippine government and with international organizations such as UNICEF, ADB, and World Bank. Her experience included policy research and analysis, strategy formulation, sectoral studies, and capacity building. At Georgetown, she plans to focus on refugee and migration issues and, more broadly, on human rights work. Elisa graduated from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.


Anna Taeko Casals Fernandez, Communications Chair
Anna Taeko Casals Fernandez is a student in the Master in German and European Studies, concentrating in international migration and development. She is also pursuing a certificate in Diplomatic Studies and in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies. She has interned at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Californian Senator Bates’ Office, and the NGO Wind of Hope. She graduated from Soka University of America with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and studied abroad in Dakar, Senegal.