Women's Center


Women's Center Staff

Susan R. Perry, PhD, MSW, LCSW serves as the Director of the Duke University Women's Center.  Responsible for the vision, leadership and oversight of the educational, clinical, fiscal, and administrative programs and services of the Women’s Center, Susan brings an educational background and professional experience spanning nearly 20 years as an educational leader, educator, adjunct professor, clinician, public speaker, consultant, and always as a learner. Susan oversees the daily operations of the Center and the activities for Gender Violence Prevention and Intervention (GVPI), delivery of educational programs and services, and advocacy to the undergraduate, graduate, and professional student populations. Susan takes a lead role in identifying and addressing areas of concern to women in collaboration with campus and community partners so that students can continue to engage creatively and to be informed by scholarship in order to have a positive impact in their communities on campus and worldwide. In these capacities she works to enhance the higher education experience at Duke University and empower healthy, respectful relationships to flourish as a part of our inclusive campus culture. The Director reports to the Associate Vice President for Campus Life. 


Krystal George

001 Crowell Building
10 Epworth Lane, East Campus
Box 90920
Durham, NC 27708-0920
Phone: (919) 681-9257
Fax: (919) 681-6885

Krystal George joined the Duke Women'€™s Center in 2015 and is the Assistant Director for Educational Initiatives. She is responsible for providing expertise in the creation, development, assessment of services related to gender based violence for the Duke community. She oversees the implementation of environmental prevention, intervention, education and training efforts to engage undergraduate, graduate and professional students in the reduction and elimination of gender based violence on campus.

Krystal is a 2007 graduate of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and holds a Bachelor'€™s degree in Public Health Education. In 2008, she received professional certification through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. and received her Masters of Public Administration from Strayer University at RTP in 2009. Krystal worked over 6 years at the NCCU Women'€™s Center, where she found a passion for helping survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and also educating the community about this issue. Working at the Duke Women's Center has allowed her to motivate female students on campus professionally and personally, as well as raise the awareness of gender violence to the university through prevention.

Favorite Quote: The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within strength, courage, dignity. -Ruby Dee

Sheila Broderick

001 Crowell Building
10 Epworth Lane, East Campus
Box 90920
Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  919-684-3897
Fax:  919-681-6885

Sheila Broderick is a clinical social worker who provides trauma focused therapy to students who are victims of gender based violence. Since 1988, Sheila's focus has been on treating trauma related to interpersonal violence. Sheila is deeply committed to interventions that are reliable, practical and based in evidence and science. Working with her, you will learn about why your body and brain are reacting to the stressor as it is and how to, as she puts it, "dance with your amygdala". Students who enjoy working with Sheila note her responsiveness, her practical recommendations and her genuine high regard for the deep reserve of strength that lies within all of us. 


April Autumn Jenkins 2019

001 Crowell Building
10 Epworth Lane, East Campus
Box 90920
Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  919-681-3559
Fax:  919-681-6885

April-Autumn has extensive experience in the social services and education field working with youth and young adults implementing social change programs. She has given seminars and lectures at The University of Wisconsin, Texas A&M University, Rice University and the University of Houston to name a few. Over the past 8 years she has educated students, faculty and staff at numerous universities on Title IX, the prevention of and the response to dating and sexual violence on college campuses. She has also provided educational programs to the athletic departments and Greek affiliated organizations on Hook-up Culture, Privilege & Power, and Athletes & Violence on Campus. April-Autumn earned her undergraduate degree from Huston-Tillotson University and her Masters of Social Work from North Carolina State University. She is a mother of 3 and enjoys running, chocolate and wine.


Bibi Gnagno

001 Crowell Building
10 Epworth Lane, East Campus
Box 90920
Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  919-684-3775
Fax:  919-681-6885

Bibi is a graduate of Smith College in Government and French; holds an M.A. in French Language and Civilization from the New York University of Graduate School of Arts and Science in Paris and a Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University.  Ms. Gnagno received a Fulbright-Clinton in Public Policy where she worked and researched with the Ministry of Justice in Cote d'Ivoire on gender-based violence in relation to women's access to justice.  She also started a company called OMG I Love Your Hair and subsequently filmed a documentary entitled Is That All Your Hair? The film explores the ways in which visual imagery and portrayal of African-American women and culture specifically in music videos influence the perception of beauty, power and access that Ivoirian women mimic in their attempts to gain and access resources in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.


001 Crowell Building
10 Epworth Lane, East Campus
Box 90920
Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  919-681-6884
Fax:  919-681-6885



Mehreen Shafqat

Mehreen is a senior from St. Louis, Missouri. She is majoring in biology and minoring in gender, sexuality, and feminist studies. She is super excited to start her third year as a gender violence prevention intern! In her spare time she loves to read, talk to her family, volunteer with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, and is a member of the Nexus.  

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Michaela Towfighi

Michaela Towfighi is a sophomore from London, England majoring in Public Policy with a minor in Cultural Anthropology and a certificate in Policy, Journalism and Media Studies. Her interest in this work comes from her passion for gender equality and desire to help combat gender violence. On campus, Michaela is the features editor for The Standard, reports for the 9th Street Journal and is a tour guide. In her free time, Michaela loves spending time with her family and friends, watching the New England Patriots, reading and going for runs and hikes.

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Sara Heilman

Sara is a sophomore from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Though she hasn’t yet declared, she plans to major in Public Policy and minor in Environmental Science and Policy. At Duke, she is in two dance groups (Momentum Dance Company and On Tap), DJs for the student-run radio station, staffs Project Arts, and is a member of Illyria and Maxwell. In her free time, Sara can usually be found drinking black coffee in Sanford Commons. She can’t wait to spend more time at the Women’s Center as a gender violence prevention intern this year!

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Zach Rene

Hi, I’m Zach Rene, a junior from South Florida studying Psychology, Chemistry, and Spanish. After college, I plan on working abroad before going to medical school. My interests include volunteering, neuroscience research, and exploring Durham. For fun I love playing volleyball, eating with friends, and working out. I'm looking forward to working as a women's center intern and learning more about how to challenge the gender inequalities that are ingrained in our society and culture. 

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Jalisa Jackson

Jalisa is a junior from Nashville, TN majoring in Psychology and African and African American Studies (with an American Focus). Her major goal as an intern is to build a strong community among female-identified students, faculty and staff on Duke's campus and empower others to challenge, conquer then repeat! Along with her work at the center, Jalisa is passionate about mental health and social equity. FUN FACT: You can catch her listening to 90's and early 2000s R&B & hip hop, Small Doses with Amanda Seales and Therapy for Black Girls podcasts at any given time!!!

Elizabeth Loschiavo

Elizabeth Loschiavo is a sophomore originally from Orlando, FL but now living in Durham with her family. She is a potential Visual and Media Studies major and also plans to pursue the Markets and Management Studies certificate. She believes in intersectional feminism and endeavors to use her privilege to lift up others. She hates long walks on the beach, loves romance novels, and misses her cat Snowball.

Amanda Padden

is a sophomore from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is planning majoring in Public Policy and minoring in Environmental Policy and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. She is especially interested in environmental justice, outdoor education, and gender equity. Outside of school, Amanda loves to talk about politics, hike, and relax in the gardens with her friends.

Adrianna Williams

is our Public Relations and Social Media Activism Intern! She is a junior studying Neuroscience with a minor in African and African-American Studies on the pre-med track. Outside of her time spent in the Women’s Center, Adrianna is the Duke Editor in Chief of The Bridge, an online publication celebrating and uplifting Black and Brown women. She is also a member of the Lambda Omega Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and United in Praise. In her spare time, Adrianna loves to workout (especially Yoga Sculpt classes at Corepower Yoga), bake chocolate chip cookies, listen to The Read, and watch Super Soul Sunday.

Aidan Fizsimons

Aidan is a junior from just outside Philadelphia, PA majoring in Public Policy with minors in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Mathematics. After spending his first three years as an engineer, Aidan realized that he was far more passionate about the conversations he was having outside of the classroom than those inside the classroom, and that felt like a waste of an amazing education. Otherwise on campus, Aidan competes on our travel Model UN team and directs crisis for our college conference, serves as the liaison to the United Nations Association of the USA, is a Peer For You peer responder, co-chairs the Humanizing Sexual Assault and Implicit Bias Training initiatives within selective living at Duke, and is a member of Wayne Manor and Mirecourt. He does not have free time. Aidan is extremely grateful to be working among this amazing team of interns and the brilliant women who run the Center.

Natalie Gulrajani

Natalie is a sophomore from Napa, California. She is planning on majoring in Economics and minoring in Global Health and Chemistry, while on the pre-med track. She is especially interested in the healthcare of women and children. As a new gender equity intern, Natalie is excited to focus on community engagement at the Women’s Center. Outside of the Women’s Center she works on two research projects involving the effects on pediatric cancer on a family unit and the history of unique surgical techniques. She loves to relax with her friends, volunteer at health care centers, hike, and play lacrosse.