About Us

  • Rebecca Kern-Stone

    Rebecca Kern-Stone
    Faculty Director
    Rebecca Kern-Stone has a PhD in Mass Media and Communication and a graduate certificate in Women and Gender Studies from Temple University. Currently they are a professor of communication and media at Manhattan College. Their research focuses on community and identity discourse and practice, critical/cultural studies, and digital culture. Specifically, they are interested in the ways in which marginalized identities are constructed, co-constructed, and represented in mediated environments. Current work is analyzing and creating best practices in diverse advertising and marketing representations. They have been published in a number of journals including, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Sexualities, Information, Communication, and Society, Telematics and Informatics, Journal of Homosexuality, and First Monday. They are also the co-author of the edited volume Transnational Media: Concepts and Cases. Their goal for the Women and Gender Center is to further develop an inclusive and diverse community and build a safe and equitable space for all genders.
  • Emmett Ortiz

    Emmett Ortiz
    Graduate Assistant

    My name is Emmett Ortiz and I am a current graduate student studying Mental Health Counseling. My pronouns are he/him/his. This is my first year being a Graduate Assistant for the WGRC and I love the people that I work alongside, and the fun and welcoming atmosphere that the WGRC space provides! I am someone that works hard and values making the world a more inclusive and welcoming place for everyone. I actively run “Discuss Success”, a safe space where Latinx students on campus can talk about their college experiences and real world issues that impact the Latinx community today.

  • Devyn Barram

    Devyn Barram
    My Name is Devyn, and I am from the San Francisco Bay Area in California. I am a senior, and my majors are political science and Spanish. My previous work at WGRC has focused on reproductive justice and women's health. I am passionate about social justice, equity, and sustainability, and how our political systems can work to address those issues and serve to improve the well-being of our communities. On campus, I am the Manhattan College Green Club secretary and a Spanish lab assistant. Outside of school, I intern at The New Majority NYC, an organization building political power for women in NYC. I am excited to begin another great semester at the WGRC!
  • Genevieve Keelen

    Genevieve Keelen
    I am a junior at Manhattan College, majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. I am passionate about social justice, environmental advocacy, and community service. In the future I hope to pursue a career in environmental justice. I enjoy interning for the WGRC because we are able to provide an inclusive and accepting space on campus. With my current project, I am working towards making personal protective equipment such as condoms and dental dams more accessible for students on campus. I believe educational conversations around safe sex practices and implementing tangible solutions at Manhattan College will greatly benefit the overall health of our community.
  • Chloe Barth

    Photograph of Christina Trichilo
    I am an International Studies major, with a concentration in Africa and the Middle East. I am involved with a few clubs on campus, including the Rainbow Jaspers and Her Campus. I also participated in the Women Inspiring Successful Enterprise (WISE) program, Manhattan College's professional development internship program for women. The female identity is incredibly multifaceted, so I am thrilled to be part of a team of women and female-identifying people who are taking on their own projects while coming together for a common cause. During my time at the WGRC, I plan to explore the intersections between mental health, sexual and reproductive health, and gender identity.
  • Brina Boyum

    Brina Boyum
    Hello all! I am a junior philosophy and sociology major. My pronouns are she/her/hers. This is my first semester as an intern and I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful team. I work to try to show ways to get into your desired work field as a woman by hosting talks with women who are currently in that career. I am also on the executive board for our campus chapter of "It's On Us" which is all about battling sexual assault on campus. I am also involved in Players, our theater group, as the wardrobe designer. You may also see me in the center with my service dog Reese! I am so happy to be a part of this amazing team and work towards making Manhattan College an inclusive safe space for all!!
  • Laisha Delgado

    young woman sitting at dinner table
    I am Laisha Delgado, a junior majoring in psychology at Manhattan College. I work as an intern at the Women and Gender Resource Center while also participating in the commuter student association on campus as its co-president. I'm a member of the Women and Gender Resource Center because I think it's important to create a welcoming, safe atmosphere on campus for everyone. Coffee and listening to podcasts are a couple of my hobbies.
  • Emilia O’Neill

    Emilia O’Neill
    My name is Emilia (she/her/hers), and I am a senior at Manhattan College, majoring in psychology and Spanish, with a minor in digital arts and humanities. I am from Delhi, a small town in Upstate NY, tucked into the Catskill Mountains. I am thrilled to be returning for my third year as an intern at the WGRC! I am very passionate about advocating for the underprivileged and helping to promote and spread awareness surrounding mental health. The main focus of my work at the WGRC has been the center's podcast, which we produce in partnership with Manhattan College TV. The podcast brings in students, faculty, administrators, and various other affinity groups on campus to engage in conversations that are relevant to current issues in society, pressing topics, and events happening on campus. My time at the WGRC has provided me with wonderful opportunities to meet people from across campus and engage in productive and educating conversations. I am excited for another year at the WGRC and to wrap up my time as a student intern on this wonderful team!
  • Vanessa Goncalves

    Vanessa Goncalves
    I am a sophomore and a computer science major with a Mathematics minor! In addition to working at the WGRC, I am also an Admissions Ambassador, the secretary of Singers, and a Resident Assistant in Lee Hall. My favorite spots for food and drinks nearby are Goodfellas and Pearl Dynastea!
  • Gabriela Sandoval

    Gabriela Sandoval
    Gender Justice Advocate
    Hi, everyone! I’m a senior at Manhattan College, majoring in International Studies on a pre-law track with a double minor in Spanish and sociology. My pronouns are she/her/hers. From when I found my way to the WGRC, in my second semester of freshman year, it instantly became my safe space on campus. At the WGRC, I support our interns with their projects while also creating engaging events for our community. Clubs I am involved in around campus include Operation Smile, which is a non-profit organization that raises money for children in underprivileged countries born with cleft lip & palate, and Fuerza Latina, a club dedicated to advocating and empowering the Latinx community. During the 2023-24 academic year, I am also serving on the Student Government E-Board as the Vice President for Social Life. I’m passionate about promoting positive change in my community. I’m excited to work alongside amazing people and professors at the center and hope to see you all around campus. Don’t forget to say hi!

Faculty Advising Network

The LWGRC is a network of faculty, alumni, and administrative support for student advocacy and healing. In addition to the staff in our Center, you can reach out to us by talking to or collaborating with our faculty and staff advisors.

Natalia Imperatori-Lee
Catholic Feminism Advisor

Stephanie Powell
LWGRC Chaplain

Nefertiti Takla
Department of History

Cristina Pérez Jiménez
Critical Race and Ethnicity Studies (CRES) Advisor

Dr. Courtney Bryant
School of Liberal Arts

Dr. Shawn Ladda
School of Education

Jordan Pacoe
Co-founder & former co-director

Ashley Cross
Department of English

Dr. Amira Annabi
School of Business

Bahareh Estejab
Asssociate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Sarah Wacker
School of Science

Tiffany French
Co-director of The Pride Center

Rani Roy
Interim Provost

Kelly Marin 
Associate Provost

Evelyn Scaramella 
Department of Modern Languages

Assistant Director of Work Study & Tap Certifying Officer, Financial Aid

Kaylyn Atkins ’20
Alumni Rep

Evaniz Orellana ‘20
Alumni Rep