Celebrating Our Graduating Student Assistants

The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security celebrates Georgetown University’s Class of 2020—especially the 11 undergraduate and graduate students who have worked for the Institute during their tenure at Georgetown.

At a virtual graduation party this week, our student assistants reflected on their research, programming, and communications work experiences.  

“One of the things that makes this job so special is the sense of common purpose and collaborative spirit that everyone brings.”

-Jess Keller, Georgetown College, B.A. in Government


“I’ve learned a lot over the last year at GIWPS—from taking hours to make a graph or do some calculations to now being able to do these tasks much more efficiently.”

-Haiwen (Bryan) Zou, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, M.S. in Economics


“I learned so much about the women, peace and security agenda and a number of international affairs issues—in addition to many professional skills that I’m sure will serve me after graduation.”

– Kaitlyn Hashem, Georgetown College, B.A. in Government and Arabic


“Prior to working with GIWPS my senior year, I didn’t really know the ways in which my interest in social media marketing could be used to do things outside of the business world.”

-Joe Igoni, Georgetown College, B.A. in Spanish and Marketing


“I’ve learned so much from everyone who allowed me to touch their research and turn it into a graphic image.”

– Anna Kooken, Georgetown College, B.A. in Studio Art and History


“After three years here, GIWPS has truly been my home off of campus. All the people are people I will never forget. So thank you, all of you.”

-Abbey Nichols, School of Foreign Service, B.S. in International Political Economy



Graduation is called a commencement because it’s not the end, it is the beginning of a journey.

Our student assistants have achieved a great deal already, and lived the Georgetown spirit of women and men for others.

We hope that on their journey, they will continue to speak out against injustice, give voice to those who are voiceless, and remember that progress for women is progress for all of society.


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