Georgetown Women in International Affairs

About GWIA

Georgetown Women in International Affairs (GWIA) aims to develop quality leadership among our graduate students and to increase the visibility of women in international affairs. Through interactive programming, GWIA connects, empowers and prepares emerging women leaders. Originally an initiative of the former Dean of the School of Foreign Service Carol Lancaster, GWIA is now housed within the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. The student-led GWIA Executive Board spearheads the initiative’s planning, programming, and communications, working closely with GIWPS staff. The GWIA Council, which consists of student representatives from each graduate program in the School of Foreign Service, ensures that programs and events address the interests and concerns of each specialization.

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, Social Engagement Chair, and Professional Development Chair.

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 or connect with via social media through our Facebook Page and Facebook Group or our Instagram.


GWIA aims to connect members through:

  • Networking with professionals: Connecting leading professional women in government, the private sector, and non-profits with the graduate women of SFS.
  • Community service: Connecting students with opportunities to give back to the Georgetown community, as well as the DC metropolitan area through donations and advocacy activities.

GWIA aims to empower members through:

  • Leadership development: Empowering members through leadership retreats designed specifically for women to identify and address weaknesses and capitalize on their strengths.
  • Highlighting achievements of women leaders: Empowering members through events that feature successful women who share their experiences, challenges, and career progression and serve as role models for emerging women leaders.

GWIA aims to prepare members through:

  • Professional skills training: Preparing students by offering professional development workshops that focus on public speaking, negotiations, and networking.
  • Professional support networks: Preparing students by offering opportunities to interact with other graduate women, share professional advice, and offer encouragement to one another.