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.

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Our Mission

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 2021-2022

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Chloe Kekedjian

President
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Chloe is a senior in the College studying Chemistry and minoring in science technology and international affairs. Originally from New Canaan, Connecticut, Chloe has been a part of H*yas for Choice since the fall of her first year. She previously served as one of the Campaign Coordinators for the Menstrual Equity Campaign, Director of Tabling and Contraceptives and Director of Communications and Media. She works in a chemistry lab on campus synthesizing metallic clusters and nanoparticles. When she’s not squealing at dogs at the farmers market, you can find Chloe convincing herself that an elaborate skincare routine makes up for a poor diet.

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Nina Yee

Vice President
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Nina is a Junior 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 alwayrs 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.

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Lauryn Ping

Co-Director of Advocacy and Organizing
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Lauryn Ping is a junior 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!

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Jess Shannon

Co-Director of Advocacy and Organizing
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Jess is a Junior 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.

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Abby Kirk

Director of Development
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Abby is a junior 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.

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Serena Barish

Director of Media and Communications
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Serena is a freshman in the college and is currently undecided on her major. She is from Denver, Colorado and is super passionate about reproductive rights. In H*yas for Choice so far, she has worked on planning fundraisers for the Frontera Fund and the Pink House Fund and helped plan our State of the Uterus Event. 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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Thalia Zuniga Davila

Director of Contraception and Tabling
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Thalia is an incoming sophomore in the college majoring in JUPS and History! She is very passionate about reproductive rights and can't wait to create an inclusive and accessible environment around safe sex and contraceptive distribution. Most importantly, they are a pisces sun, leo moon, and taurus rising!

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