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The mission of Iris is not only to showcase women’s achievements at the University, in support of the women’s community and in conjunction with the Center’s mission to creating change, but to also underscore the relevance of women’s issues.

For direct inquiries regarding content, please contact Communications Assistant Agnes Filipowski at the U.Va. Women’s Center by email at or by calling (434) 982-2023.

Iris mailing address:
The U.Va. Women’s Center
P.O. Box 800588
Charlottesville, Virginia

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Find out more about the Iris staff

Iris Assistant Editor


Alison 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 Uva 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


Olivia 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 helps run the social media for the Women’s Center. She loves live music, hiking and putting sriracha on everything.



Iris free-lance contributors 

SophiaHeadShotCOPYSophia Socarras is a second years 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.


U.Va. Women’s Center staff

AgnesHeadShotAgnes Filipowski, Communications Assistant, 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. 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 students.
Carol Gilbert, Development Assistant at the Women’s Center, is a Virginia native and a U.Va. alumna (B.A. ’91). Carol lives in Crozet with her husband Michael and their two children Robert and Elizabeth. Contact her at or by phone at (434) 982-2902.





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