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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 2023-2024

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Serena Barish

Co-President
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Serena is a junior in the college and is majoring in American Studies. She is from Denver, Colorado and is incredibly passionate about reproductive rights. She joined H*yas for Choice her first semester freshman year and has loved every second of her work with reproductive justice. She spends much of her time talking about the incredible bulldogs she follows on Instagram, listening to her favorite podcast, and pretending to do work at coffee shops!

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Soraya Bata

Co-President
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Soraya is a senior 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! 

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Sydney Hudson

Co-Director of Advocacy and Organizing
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Sydney is a sophomore in the School of Health majoring in Global Health on the Premedical Track. She is originally from Massachusetts but grew up in Tokyo, Japan and Taipei, Taiwan. Since she hopes to be an OB/GYN and has a deep interest in health equity and justice, she immediately joined H*yas for Choice as a freshman through advo and tabling during her first semester and then as the Director of Media and Communications second semester. When she’s not channeling simultaneous anger and inspiration into her work with HFC, you can find her running half marathons for fun before class(yes, she’s crazy), getting another spontaneous piercing even though her ears are running out of space, or hyper-fixating on a song at any given time (probably by Boygenius or any of its members individually, Taylor Swift, Clairo, The 1975, or some classical song that reminds her of her high school days as a band nerd). 

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Karenna Warden

Co-Director of Advocacy and Organizing
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Karenna is a junior in Georgetown College studying government and psychology. She grew up in Georgetown, later moving to Maryland. She joined H*yas For Choice as a sophomore. She is passionate about supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Karenna loves reading, running, and walking through Georgetown Waterfront at very strange hours of the night. 

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Alaina McGill

Director of Development
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Alaina is a sophomore in the college studying Government and English. She is from Chicago, Illinois, and has been a member of H*yas for Choice since her freshman year. She is incredibly excited to work with the rest of the board to advance reproductive justice on campus and continue the mission of H*yas for Choice. In her spare time, you can probably find her singing with the Gracenotes, procrastinating at Foxtrot, or freaking out over the latest episode of Succession.

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Kat Scarborough

Director of Contraception and Tabling
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Kat is a Sophomore studying Linguistics, and while she is unsure of her minor, she is passionate about reproductive justice, education, and safety. On campus, Kat also is an ESCAPE leader who leads first year and transfer retreats, a Hoya-Helper responsible for tutoring at a local middle school, and a participant in the French community in Georgetown. She calls Florida her home, and loves the beach, good music, and a well-written book. If you see her on campus without her glasses, she does not see you! 

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Natalie Price-Fudge

Director of Media and Communications
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Natalie is a sophomore in the College pursuing an English degree with a minor in Journalism. She is a California girl through and through, reigning from the great city of San Diego. Natalie joined her first semester of Freshman year as a tabler and a member of the Sexual Joy Committee. When she is not at your local flea market, you can find her writing, going on a weekend hike, listening to Hozier, baking, or internally screaming at her computer in Bioethics (oh how she loves quiet libraries).

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