College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Centers & Institutes > The Women's Center > About > Meet our Staff
Meet Dr. Ann Russo, Director
My name is Ann Russo (she/her). I am an Associate Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies and a member of the LGBTQ Studies Program. My life work focuses on queer, antiracist, and feminist movement building to address endemic intimate, interpersonal, community, and state violence and to build socially just, caring, accountable communities. Currently, I am working with others to develop transformative justice practices that cultivate collective and communal healing, intervention, accountability, and transformation. I am the author of
Taking Back Our Lives: A Call to Action in the Feminist Movement (2001) and co-editor of
Talking Back and Acting Out (2002) and
Third World Women and Feminist Perspectives (1990). I have articles in a variety of books and journals as well. My current book project is entitled
Building Communities to End Violence – A Praxis of Accountability. View full bio here.
My name is Victoria Agunod (they/them or she/her) and I'm queer and brown and an organizer. I received my Bachelor's from DePaul's Women's and Gender Studies Department and am now working on my Master's. I've worked on campus as a queer student leader since my first year at DePaul and also work off-campus with Thresholds, a mental health services organization that focuses its work in homeless communities. I spend a lot of my time thinking and writing about neoliberalism, student activism, and institutional diversity campaigns.
My name is Sarah Hunaidi, and I'm a Syrian Feminist, Human Rights Activist, Writer, Translator, Person, Bad Dancer, Okay Hummus Maker. I'm a founding Board Member at New Syrian Human International Non-Profit and host @ Hummus for Thought the Podcast. My first book coming up soon.
My name is Josh(ie) Tikka and I am a graduate student in both the Women's and Gender Studies and Social Work departments. At the Women's Center, I am working with the Service Learning and Internship Program for the Women's and Gender Studies department by assisting facilitate internship placement for WGS students. My studies focus on the gendered, racialized, and classed nature of psychology, the DSM-V, and psychiatry, as well as how professionalized care work impacts mainstream cultural awareness of illness, wellness, and mental health. I also am always bloated, haven't blinked in over a decade, always want to eat fried food, am in love with 10 different strangers daily, and have a myriad of sleep dysregulation patterns that impact me in every moment.
My name is Hayley Williams and I am a current DePaul Women's and Gender Studies graduate student. I received my undergraduate degree at the University of Dayton in Psychology, but I chose to study WGS because I want to pursue a career that is in line with my feminist values. I enjoy studying black feminism, womanism, black sexuality, and many more topics. After graduation I hope to start a career in higher education to make college classrooms more inclusive and accepting of different perspectives. I am working in the SAC as the BCEV graduate assistant on the 5th floor, and in the Women's Center on the first floor. Come say hi!
My name is Nina Wilson (she/her/hers) and I am a junior in the Anthropology and Women’s and Gender Studies Program! A lot of my studies so far have focused on colorism culture in dating apps and the history/manifestation of sexual assault and relationship violence among college students. Along with the Women’s Center, I’m a peer health educator in the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness at DePaul and a volunteer at PAWS! I’m a Chicago native (south side, woo!!) and when I’m not in class or working, I’m usually road tripping, camping, or playing with dogs.