UW Women's Center

About Us


Women’s rights are human rights.  We envision a society where women and men work together to transform social norms.


To create a more inclusive and compassionate society by promoting gender equity and social justice through educational programs and services that allows all participants to succeed in life.

All of our programs and services contribute to core elements of the University of Washington’s Mission (excerpted): The University of Washington is an integral part of a large and diverse community and seeks broad representation of and encourages sustained participation in that community by its students, its faculty, and its staff. It serves both nontraditional and traditional students. It extends educational outreach and opportunities to many who would not otherwise have access to scholarship, research, and public service. 


Executive Director
Email: sbasu@uw.edu
Phone: (206) 685-1090

Nancy Finelli
Re-Entry Program Advisor
Email: ffinelli@uw.edu
Phone: (206) 543-9708

Senait Ogbe Habte
Making Connections Program Manager
Email: senait@uw.edu
Program Email: wcmcp@uw.edu
Phone: (206) 685-1090

Johnna E. White, MPA
Administrator of Program Operations &
Anti-Human Trafficking Program Manager
Phone: (206) 685-1090
Email: jwhite23@uw.edu

Hudson, Heather
Heather Hudson
Advancements and Events Coordinator
Phone: (206) 685-1090
Email: hzhudson@uw.edu

Meseret Alemu
STEM Enrichment Coordinator
Making Connections/ AmeriCorps
Phone: (206) 616-9918




IMG_0458Sydney Jaramillo

Alene Moris NEW Leadership Coordinator
Sydney Jaramillo has a BA in English Literature and is currently pursuing her MA in Museology. She is most recently from Montana but has fallen in love with Seattle. Sydney is excited to see what the next two years bring her as she completes her MA.


copy-of-headshotColleen Kimsey

Special Events and Advancement Assistant
Colleen Kimsey is pursuing a Masters in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health. They are interested in adolescent health experiences: LGBQ and trans health broadly, and the mental health experiences of trans youth specifically, violence (interpersonal/domestic violence, community, youth), intersectional health disparities in marginalized communities, HIV/AIDS care for the 21st century, and reproductive health as justice. They are   from Vancouver Washington and got their undergrad in international public health from Mills College in Oakland CA.

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Lifelong Learning Coordinator
Brenda McGarrity is the Women’s Centers Lifelong Learning Coordinator. Brenda recently graduated from Western Washington University with degrees in Human Services and one she designed called Staging the Marginalized Narrative at Fairhaven Interdisciplinary College; she also has a minor in Education and Social Justice. Brenda is currently working on her Masters in Social Work here at the University of Washington and is   excited to get involved with the Seattle community.

20160623_124904_hdrElyse Rickaid

Making Connections Alumnae Coordinator
Elyse Rickard is a first-year Master of Public Administration student at the Evans School and hopes to focus on the intersection of race and gender in higher education policy. She was born and raised in the Port of Los Angeles, CA area and graduated from California State University, Fullerton in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. In her free time she enjoys watching documentaries, napping, and exploring the city of Seattle.

meredith-picMeredith Sampson

Board Coordinator and Administrative Assistant
Meredith completed her BS in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont in 2014 and is currently working toward her Masters in Urban Planning from UW. Her focus through her studies is on land use and infrastructure, and how these can be employed to increase civic participation from marginalized and underrepresented groups. She loves cats, coffee, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


Jessica Van Horne

Grant Writer
Jessica Van Horne is the Grant Writer at the Women’s Center. She recently graduated from Whitman College with a degree in Politics, and is now pursuing her Masters of Public Affairs and Masters in International Studies at the University of Washington. She likes going to the zoo, drinking coffee, and studying norms of human rights in domestic and international law.

Eva Wang

Graphic Designer & Communication Specialist
Eva Wang is a junior student at UW studying Interdisciplinary Visual Art. She is originally from China but had lived in Canada for three years before coming to Seattle. Design is her passion, and besides that, she loves reading, gaming and traveling.


Geena Louise Boyce

Administrative Assistant
Geena is a senior at the UW pursuing a Bachelor’s in English, Music, and French. She is in various ensembles in the Dept. of Music including the Campus Philharmonic Orchestra, Women’s Choir, and Gospel Choir. She is active in the LGBT community as a member of the Queer Core Collective, which organizes youth music programs such as Seattle Queer Rock Camp and the Queer & Trans Youth Music Project. For the future, she plans to study musicology and music theory in graduate school. She is both a dog and a cat person.