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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.

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.

Executive Board 2023-2024

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Sydney Hudson

Co-President
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Sydney is a sophomore in the School of Health majoring in Global Health and minoring in sociology on the Premedical Track. She is originally from Massachusetts but grew up in Tokyo and Taipei. Sydney hopes to be an OB/GYN, works as a gynecological medical assistant, and has a deep interest in health equity, so she loves working with HFC! She has previously served as Director of Media and Communications and Co-Advocacy and Organizing Director. You can find her playing with her cat (pictured left... his name is Ken), running half marathons for fun before class (yes, she’s crazy), doing hot yoga, getting another spontaneous ear piercing, or hyper-fixating on a song a (probably by Boygenius or any of its members individually, Clairo, or The 1975).

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Karenna Warden 

Co-President
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Karenna is a junior in Georgetown College majoring in psychology and minoring in creative writing and government. She is from the DC-metro area. She is passionate about supporting survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Karenna loves reading, running, and taking care of her many plants. She is obsessed with Lauryn Hill, Tupac, and OutKast.

Stella Linn 

Co-Director of Advocacy and Organizing
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Stella is a freshman studying Political Economy and Creative Writing. She is from Kansas City, Missouri and is a die-hard Chiefs fan because of it! She has been a member of H*yas For Choice since her first semester on campus, joining the advocacy team early on. She is passionate about reproductive justice and access, especially those in states like her home of Missouri. She is incredibly excited to join the board and continue the groups’ advocacy efforts! In her free time, she can be found reading romance novels, watching reality TV, listening to the Celebrity Memoir Book Club podcast, and going on walks by the waterfront. 

Sophia Urdinola 

Co-Director of Advocacy and Organizing
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Sophia is a freshman in the School of Health studying Global Health. She is from Maryland, and has been a member of H*yas for Choice since her freshman year. She is extremely passionate about reproductive health, with specific interests in menstrual equity and period poverty. In her spare time, you can probably find her crocheting another project for her blog, watching a good show on Netflix, listening to good music (fave artists include Lorde, Clairo, TSwift, LDR, Men I Trust, The Marias), or thrifting for some cool pieces!

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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! 

Anouk Hirano 

Director of Communications and Media 
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Anouk is a freshman in the College studying comparative literature and art. California is her home, but she has lived in Sydney,  Tokyo, and Hong Kong. Her passion for accessibility in women’s health and sexual violence prevention propelled her to join H*yas for Choice. Anouk loves creative expression, you can find her arranging bouquets to fill her dorm, daydreaming about her next tattoo, or coffee hopping to find the best latte in DC!

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