April 2021 Alumni Speaker Series

Envisioning Change: A Virtual Event

GW Arts & Sciences Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies Program Alumni Speaker Series: Envisioning Change

The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program is hosting its annual Alumni Speaker Series "Envisioning Change" on Wednesday, April 7th. This year's Alumni Speaker Series will feature three WGSS alumni: Chelsea Williams-Diggs, Ashley Atilano, Jen Curt, and Duncan Stewart.

This year's Alumni Speaker Series will be hosted on Zoom. Register in advance using the registration link. Once you've registered, you will receive the Zoom connection details to the email provided.

The WGSS program hopes to see you on the 7th! Feel free to reach out to WGSS with any questions at [email protected].



Headshot photo of Chelsea Williams-Diggs

Chelsea Williams-Diggs (MA'17) 

Program Specialist at the Vera Institute of Justice

Headshot photo of Ashley Atilano

Ashley Atilano (BA'19) 

English teacher in South Gate, CA

Headshot photo of Jen Curt

Jen Curt (BA/MA'18) 

Legislative Assistant in the House of Representatives

Headshot photo of Duncan Stewar

Duncan Stewart (BA'17) 

Customer Success Manager, employee resource group leader, and Product Inclusion Advocate at Blackbaud

About the Speakers

An experienced advocate and movement builder, Chelsea has dedicated her academic and professional career to the advancement of racial justice and gender equity. She currently serves as the Program Specialist for Innovation and New Initiatives at the Vera Institute of Justice where she supports the development of new ideas with the potential to transform the US criminal legal and immigration systems. Prior to joining Vera, she spent several years working at the intersections of international development, global gender policy, and youth mobilization.

Chelsea holds a BA from Georgetown University and MA in Public Policy, concentrating in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from The George Washington University. In her free time, she organizes for reproductive justice as a Board Member of the New York Abortion Access Fund. 

Ashley Atilano is a first-year English teacher in South Gate, CA, teaching American Literature/Contemporary Composition, AP English Language and Composition, and Yearbook/Journalism. Growing up as a low-income Latina, Ashley had phenomenal educators who took the time to mentor, support, and challenge her to be the best version of herself. Through the love and support of her mentors, family, and community, she was the first in her family to graduate from college. In 2019, she graduated from The George Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Then, in 2020, she graduated from Stanford University with a Master of Arts degree in Education and an English teaching credential. She hopes that in her classes students have the opportunity to discover and nurture the voice that they will use to advocate for themselves and their communities.

Jen Curt is a two time GWU WGSS graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies and a Master's degree in Public Policy and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, class of 2018. Jen is a Legislative Assistant in the House of Representatives where Jen has worked for the last two years advising on environmental justice, food sovereignty, economic justice, and mental health policy.

Duncan Stewart graduated with a BA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with a Music minor in 2017. While at GWU, they interned with the National Organization for Women, taught pregnancy prevention and sexual health classes to high school students in DC, and served as a Presidential Scholar of the Arts in the Music department. Duncan’s professional background includes nonprofit fundraising, business development, and multiple roles at their current company, Blackbaud. They are currently a Customer Success Manager, employee resource group leader, and Product Inclusion Advocate at Blackbaud, a SaaS company specializing in the social impact community.