A Bit About Us
H*yas for Choice Since 1991
H*yas for Choice (HFC) is the pro-choice, sex-positive, reproductive justice organization at Georgetown University. We are an anti-racist, queer-affirming organization working to provide direct sexual and reproductive health services and improve access to resources for people of all genders on Georgetown's campus.
‘Reproductive justice’ is a framework originally established by black women to address the multitude of identities and systems that intersect to influence an individual’s access to reproductive rights and healthcare, and specifically upholds the right to have children, to not have children, and to raise children in safe and healthy environments. As an organization operating under this framework, we strive to address issues of reproductive and sexual health and their intersections, including, but not limited to, race, economics, immigration, class, disability, queerness, transness, sex workers’ rights, and more. Through education, organizing, and direct service provision on Georgetown’s campus and beyond, we aim to realize this vision of reproductive justice and to continually acknowledge the structural violence that undergirds lack of access to sexual and reproductive healthcare.
We believe that all decisions regarding sexuality should be made freely and independently. As a sex-positive organization, we regard all sexual activities between consenting adults as healthy and affirming, and uphold and celebrate all sexualities and gender identities. In addition, we believe that people deserve information and access to all available options in order to make safe, informed, independent decisions.
H*yas for Choice is the only provider of safer sex supplies, including condoms, dental dams, lube, and emergency contraception on Georgetown University’s campus – all of which are provided free of charge and without judgement – and is also the only source for comprehensive information on sexual health, pregnancy, and abortion services. For these reasons, we receive no endorsement or support from Georgetown University and the Society of Jesus, and operate as a financially independent organization that relies on donations to continue our work. While Georgetown has decided that our mission is not in line with Catholic teachings and ideology, we believe that Georgetown’s founding on the principle of cura personalis, or care for the whole person, calls for active engagement and implementation of reproductive justice and our mission.
Why the asterisk?
Due to our unrecognized status with the university for the aforementioned reasons, we are barred from using the trademarked term "hoya", despite our organization being comprised of individuals who are a part of the Georgetown community.
Since 1991, H*yas for Choice has been the pro-choice group at Georgetown University working to expand access to and quality of reproductive and sexual health services, serving as the sole provider of contraception on campus. We strive to realize a vision of reproductive justice at Georgetown and beyond, engaging our community around these topics through education and organizing. We understand this work to include actively challenging oppressive systems including but not limited to: white supremacy, patriarchy, heteronormativity, capitalism, whorephobia, colonialism, transphobia, xenophobia, and ableism.
Executive Board 2022-2023
Nina is a senior in the college studying Women and Gender Studies and minoring in chemistry. She grew up right outside of Boston, and is excited to be in DC for the next two years. She joined H*yas For Choice Advocacy Board in her first semester, and is always ready to fight for reproductive justice at Georgetown. Besides sneakily delivering condoms, Nina can be found mastering her headstand in yoga and attaching knick knacks to earring posts.
Lauryn Ping is a senior in the College majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies. She was born in San Jose, California and loves to spend time at the beach. She also enjoys performing in theater productions, playing the ukulele, and fighting for reproductive justice!
Co-Director of Advocacy and Organizing
Becca is a Senior in the College majoring in Government and minoring in Justice & Peace Studies. She is from Pittsburgh, PA and loves to embody Pittsburgh pride. Becca joined HFC her freshman fall as a tabler and then became a part of the advocacy team the next semester. While she is sad to be in her last year as a part of HFC, she can’t wait to get some important work done for repro justice! In her free time, she likes to try new foods (+ post them on her food instagram) and watch movies with her roommates.
Co-Director of Advocacy and Organizing
Soraya is a Junior studying Culture and Politics and minoring in Spanish. She is from St. Augustine, Florida, and has been a member of H*yas for Choice since her freshman year. Soraya is passionate about including and uplifting southern activists, particularly women of color and of other marginalized backgrounds, in the national reproductive justice movement. In her free time, Soraya loves to read, hike, listen to her favorite History Channel podcast, and jog around DC at a snail’s pace!
Director of Development
Abby is a senior in the college majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Justice & Peace Studies. She grew up in a small town called Amherst, New Hampshire, so she's currently trying to convince her parents to get a goat. She joined HFC as a tabling volunteer when she was a freshman and became a member of the advocacy team as a sophomore. When she’s not managing the HFC funds you can find her draining her own bank account at hot pot, creating Spotify playlists with aggressively specific titles, or wandering around Boston/DC with her roommates.
Director of Contraception and Tabling
Jess is a senior in the SFS studying Culture and Politics and minoring in Women’s and Gender Studies. They are a taurus sun, an aquarius moon, and a virgo rising. They grew up in Queens, New York and are not ashamed to say that they are a fan of the New York Mets. They joined HFC in their first semester of freshman year and were the Coordinator of the Menstrual Equity Campaign for HFC. When not writing blog posts for the Asterisk (HFC’s blog) about how much they hate homophobic nuns, they can be found reading a book, doing their makeup, or listening to emo music.
Director of Media and Communications
Serena is a sophomore in the college and is majoring in American Studies. She is from Denver, Colorado and is super passionate about reproductive rights. She joined H*yas for Choice her first semester freshman year to help with her constant need to scream about the state of reproductive justice today. She spends much of her time talking about the incredible bulldogs she follows on Instagram, rewatching New Girl, and pretending to do work at coffee shops!
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