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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.  

Eileen Monahan, Graduate Assistant

Area of Study: Occupational Therapy, Class of 2021 

Marguerite Cummings, Student Staff

Area of Study: Counseling and Human Services, Class of 2021

Why I work in the JKWC:  I enjoy working at the JKWC because it gives me the opportunity to learn about movements and topics that I may not know much about. It also has given me the confidence to speak out when needed and meet people who are like minded. 

Social Movements/Themes I am Especially Interested In:  I want to learn more about racism and privilege.

Samantha DeLaCruz, Intern

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

Why I work in the JKWC: I work at the JKWC because I am interested in learning more about social justice, women’s issues and just overall equality. I’m also passionate about teaching what I learn to those around me.  

Social Movements/Themes I am Especially Interested In: I want to learn more about social movements and how I can get involved in them, as well as how to have a healthier relationship with myself and others.  

John Fimmano, Intern

Areas of Study: Counseling and Human Services, Class of 2021

Why I work in the JKWC:  I work in the JKWC because it is a safe and inclusive environment that allows me to organize projects and events that help raise awareness of social issues I am passionate about.

Social Movements/Themes I am Especially Interested In:  Issues I am passionate about include Indigenous American equity, and rights for the transgender community.

Samantha Gurn, Intern

Areas of Study: Marketing, English and Theatre, Women's and Gender Studies, Class of 2022

Why I work in the JKWC: I am working at the JKWC this semester to continue my education in Women's and Gender Studies. I am looking forward to working in this team environment and creating new outlets on campus for people who want to make our community an equal place for all regardless of race, gender, and differing views. 

Social Movements/Themes I am Especially Interested In: I am passionate about Equal Rights for all. I want the world to be an equal place and educating yourself on social issues and disparities between gender, race, and mistreatment of others in the first step in the process to creating a better environment for others. I want to learn more about previous social movements that were effective and how we, as a society, can continue to make the world a better place using examples from the social justice warriors who came before us. 

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: I am interested in learning more about the intersectionalities of oppression and about healthy relationships with self/others. 

Allison Nargi, Intern

Areas of Study: Community Health Education, Class of 2021

Kaycee O'Neil, Intern

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.

Ashley Walker, Student Staff

Areas of Study: Occupational Therapy, Class of 2021

 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.

Social Movements/Themes I am Especially Interested In: I am excited to continue learning about how to be Anti-Racist and working on Take Back the Night this Spring!

 

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!