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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.  

Anthony Savercool, Graduate Assistant

Area of Study: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Class of 2021 

Why I work in the Cross Cultural Centers - Jane Kopas Women's Center: Throughout my life I have sought to connect with issues that have impacted me. Working in JKWC allows me to connect with students and the issues that impact them, which are many the same issues that have impacted me.

 The social movement I am passionate about and/or would like to learn more about: First generation college students, recidivism, psychedelic use within therapeutic contexts (legalization of psychedelic medication for the treatment of depression, PTSD, & substance use disorder), and queer impostor syndrome.

Marguerite Cummings, Student Staff

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

Why I work in the Cross Cultural Centers - Jane Kopas Women's Center: I have always been interested in the CCC. I am interested in this kind of work because my goal in life is to have acceptance for everyone around. No matter what race, gender, or sexuality.

 The social movement I am passionate about and/or would like to learn more about: I am interested in the #MeToo movement and movements involving sex trafficking.

Gabriel Gomez-Tirado, Student Staff

Area of Study: Sociology, Class of 2023

Why I work in the Cross Cultural Centers - Jane Kopas Women's Center:  I'm working at the JKWC because of my interest in seeking social equity and spreading awareness about the social problems that marginalized communities face and I feel like working here will allow me to follow that passion of mine while at Scranton.  

 The social movement I am passionate about and/or would like to learn more about: I am passionate about are finding ways to prevent gentrification and seeking social equity for people of color from low income communities. 

Mei Lin McElhill, Intern

Area of Study: Psychology &Counseling and Human Services, Class of 2020

Why I work in the Cross Cultural Centers - Jane Kopas Women's Center: The Center's mission and learning outcomes match with my goals as a person. I want to develop advocacy skills and raise educational awareness on current sociopolitical topics that are not accurately represented in the media.

 The social movement I am passionate about and/or would like to learn more about: I am passionate about self-care & individual identity development, domestic/intimate partner violence, and the #MeToo movement. 

Eileen Monahan, Student Staff

Areas of Study: Occupational Therapy and Women's Studies, Class of 2020

Why I work in the Cross Cultural Centers - Jane Kopas Women's Center: I have always been interested in feminism and equality for all people. I felt the best way to help me learn more as well as learning to educate others was to work with the Cross Cultural Center and I could not be happier to be a part of this amazing team.

 The social movement I am passionate about and/or would like to learn more about: I am very passionate about the #MeToo movement and I have always been an advocate for those who have experienced assault.

Keilani Noble, Student Staff

Areas of Study: Rehabilitation Counseling, Class of 2022

Why I work in the Cross Cultural Centers - Jane Kopas Women's Center: What motivates me to work at the Centers is that I have the opportunity to learn about different social justices issues and to become an advocate for change and to help create a better world for everyone to live in.

 The social movement I am passionate about and/or would like to learn more about: A social movement that I am very passionate about and would like to keep learning about is disability rights. I am currently studying in the Rehabilitation Counseling program at the University and I feel as though it is my obligation to help advocate for the rights of these individuals.

Aubri Rice, Student Staff

aubri-rice.jpgAreas of Study: Physiology and Women's Studies, Class of 2020

Why I work in the Cross Cultural Centers - Jane Kopas Women's Center: I do this work to help create a more inclusive community on campus. Also to raise awareness about issues that affect people of all genders, races, sexualities and identifications.

 The social movement I am passionate about and/or would like to learn more about: A movement I am passionate about is ending sex trafficking in the United States and abroad. Last year we launched a social media campaign to raise awareness about this important topic. I think it is very important to think about the issues at home and abroad to understand these important issues fully.

Domonique Thompson, Student Staff

Areas of Study: Neuroscience with a minor in Japanese, Class of 2020

Why I work in the Cross Cultural Centers - Jane Kopas Women's Center:  I am working at the Jane Kopas Women's Center to broaden my horizons and my knowledge in social justice. I understand what it means to be a minority in America, but I have yet to understand what it means to be a woman in America and in the world. Therefore i wanted to leave my comfort zone and further shape my awareness.

 The social movement I am passionate about and/or would like to learn more about:  I am passionate about the BLM movement and the black consciousness movement.

 

 

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!