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Find out more about the Iris staff

Iris Staff 2014-2015

Iris Staff 2014-2015
Group photo and individual head shots of Iris staff were taken by Michelle Cho


 Iris Editor

Agnes_FilipowskiAgnes Filipowski, Communications Assistant at the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at U.Va., produces and manages internal and external print and online documents needed by the Women’s Center, as well as works with interns in helping to generate and edit content for Iris Magazine. Read her blog posts for the Women’s Center to keep up with events and services that the Center offers. Agnes earned her B.A. in journalism along with certification to teach English and journalism at the secondary level  from Michigan State University. Before moving to Charlottesville with her husband in August 2013, she taught high school English and journalism, advising student publications within the Chicago and Detroit suburbs. In her spare time, she is extremely involved with the Darden Partners Association, a community for spouses, families and significant others of Darden MBA students at U.Va. Check out her and other blogs by Darden students and partners here.


Iris Assistant Editor

Alison_KuhnAlison Kuhn is a fourth-year, Media Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality double major. Aside from committing her time to Iris, Alison acts as an officer and founder of the University of Virginia Media Studies Society. She works as an office assistant at Memorial Gymnasium and for the U.Va. Intramural Recreational Sports Department as a social media coordinator. In her spare time you’re likely to find her sipping on an iced, vanilla latte at Para Coffee, watching Broad City or playing in an intramural soccer game.



Iris interns

Michelle_ChoMichelle Cho is a fourth-year Media Studies and Women, Gender and Sexuality double major. She is currently a first year MPP student at the Frank Batten School for Leadership and Public Policy. She is interested in international development and how gender-inclusive policy can increase the effectiveness of foreign aid. Michelle currently web edits for U.Va. Global and is actively involved in Chi Alpha Christian fellowship. In her free time, Michelle is an avid journaler and doodler.



Olivia_KnottOlivia Knott is a third year majoring in Media Studies and American Studies, focusing on the relationship between gender, race and media in the United States. Along with interning for Iris, Olivia also helped run the social media for the Women’s Center over the summer of 2014. She loves live music, hiking and putting sriracha on everything.




Alaina_SeguraAlaina Segura is a second year, majoring in Psychology and French. In addition to interning for Iris, she also is an active member of The Psychological Society at U.Va. and a Madison House volunteer. She is a staunch feminist, a dog lover and an avid traveler.




Iris free-lance contributors 

Carly GorelickCarly Gorelick is a second-year majoring in foreign affairs with interests in economics, politics, and women and gender studies. Most recently she comes from Florida but has lived in far too many places to mention here. She mostly passes the time by waiting tables, talking to the dozens of people she loves dearly, and avoiding the cold at all costs.



Camille KidwellCamille Kidwell is a third-year Media Studies major and Politics minor. She is actively involved in Chi Alpha Christian fellowship where she leads a group of first-year women, and her sorority Chi Omega. In addition, Camille is a performer in Rhapsody Ballet ensemble, where she continues her love for dance. With her free time, Camille loves to spend her time running or indulging upon way too much coffee.



Helen McLaughlin Helen McLaughlin first arrived in Charlottesville in 2007 to pursue her MFA in Creative Writing at U.Va. The Historic Downtown area quickly claimed her heart and has kept her rooted here since. During the work week, you can find Helen in the Physics Department, where she assists with both the undergraduate and MAPE programs, as well as plans most departmental events (and tries to make students and faculty smile whenever possible). In her free time, Helen is on a quest to learn as much as she can about women who seek and find meaningful, purpose-driven work; she records those interviews here.


Kimia NiksereshtKimia Nikseresht is a second year, majoring in Sociology and Spanish. In addition to writing for Iris, she is involved with the Persian Cultural Society, the Middle Eastern Mentoring Program, Third Year Council, the PULSE dialogue retreat, and helps with marketing and social media of the multiculturalism events through the Office of the Dean of Students. She also works with recruiting and marketing at the U.Va. Football Office (Go Hoos!), and loves to spend her free time out in the sun!



Sammy SchemanSammy Scheman is a first year, interested in applying for the Commerce School to pursue a track in marketing and management. Along with Iris, she is involved with tutoring, the ENACTUS Women’s Economic Empowerment program and her sorority, Delta Zeta. In her free time, she loves doodling and overdosing on chocolate.



Kendall SiewertKendall Siewert is a second year majoring in WGS and French. She spends her days reading feminist poetry and putting a fried egg on top of every recipe she possibly can. After graduation, Kendall hopes to get her MFA in Creative Writing or move to France to teach English. Above all, she hopes to live a life that is equal parts inspiring and inspired.



SophiaHeadShotCOPYSophia Socarras is a second year majoring in Foreign Affairs and minoring in Global Culture and Commerce. She is also an active member of the University Singers and First Year Players organization. In her spare time, she loves traveling, singing, playing the piano, baking and indulging her caffeine addiction at Para Coffee.



KianaHeadShotKiana Williams, a fourth-year Anthropology and Women, Gender and Sexuality double major who strongly advocates women’s education, minority and refugee rights, body positivity, cultural relativism and mindfulness. She was once a principle actor in the National Tour of Miss Saigon, a cheerleader for New York University and has 13 years of competitive dance experience with Evelyn Ott School of Dance based in Norfolk, Virginia. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, yoga, art, live music and working with film photography and movie projection.





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