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JKWC Staff Members

  The Jane Kopas Women's Center is currently staffed by a Director, Graduate Assistant, work study students, and student interns.

Maria Marinucci, Director

Maria MarinucciMaria Marinucci serves as the Director of the Cross Cultural Centers, a role she initially held on an Interim basis for the 2017-2018 academic year, and one she has held permanently since May 2018.  Maria first joined the University of Scranton in June 2014 as the Assistant Director for Residence Education, overseeing Residential Learning Communities.  

Maria very much enjoys connecting with students and helping them explore who they are, who they wish to become, and their place within the world, and tries to do so both individually and by offering students the opportunity to engage in praxis.  Her overall goal is to promote inclusion and work for justice for all on campus and beyond.  She deeply appreciates being able to dialogue with students and others in the community about feminism, gender equity, advocacy, and inclusion, and consistently seeks ways to expand the Centers' outreach and work on campus.

Feel free to stop in and see Maria in the JKWC, or contact her at maria.marinucci@scranton.edu.  

Ashley Walker, Graduate Assistant

Area of Study: Occupational Therapy, Class of 2021 (Grad 2022)

Why I work in the JKWC:  I love working at the JKWC because it is one of the most inclusive, supportive and welcoming places on campus. Working here has provided me the opportunity to learn more about my passions as well as the passions of my peers and sharpen my leadership skills.

Social Movements/Themes I am Especially Interested In:  I am excited to continue learning about how to be more Anti-Racist as well as diving into intersectionality more this semester.

Sam Gurn, Student Staff

Area of Study: Marketing Major with English and Theatre minors and a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies

Why I work in the JKWC:  I work in the JKWC because I am a firm supporter of equality for all and I think our office makes our campus a more just and equitable place.

Social Movements/Themes I am Especially Interested In:  This semester I will be working on the theme of Environmental Justice! I am taking Earth Science and Sustainable Marketing this semester, so I am hoping to take what I learn from class and apply it to our programming!

Laura Miller, Student Staff

Area of Study: Neuroscience and Biology

Mackenzie Longo, Student Staff

Areas of Study: Occupational Therapy Major with Psychology Minor and Lifespan Development Concentration

Why I work in the JKWC:  I work in the JKWC because I love to educate others and vocalize my views in a respectful way. The JKWC is an incredibly supportive and fun place to be involved with.

Social Movements/Themes I am Especially Interested In:  I am focusing on Healthy Relationships with Self and Others. I am most interested in gender equity and equality, intersectionality, sustainability and self-acceptance.

Mei Lin McElhill, Student Staff

Area of Study: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Class of 2023

Why I work in the JKWC: I love the Center’s supportive environment and the Center challenges me to grow in learning + leadership.

Social Movements/Themes I am Especially Interested In: Political equity/social justice & race, racism, & racial justice

Kaycee O'Neil, Student Staff

Areas of Study: Counseling and Human Services, Class of 2022

Why I work in the JKWC:  I work at the JKWC because I am passionate about social justice, equality, and equity. I hope to further my own education on these important topics while also educating those around me. 

Social Movements/Themes I am Especially Interested In: I want to learn more about intersecting social movements and what can be done to support them.

Sarah Soos, Intern

Areas of Study: Counseling and Human Services


If you are interested in working toward furthering the mission of the Jane Kopas Women's Center and you qualify for Federal Work Study or you want to volunteer, please contact us about possible positions by emailing jkwc@scranton.edu!