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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 Alison Kuhn at the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at U.Va. by email at or by calling (434) 982-2023.

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Charlottesville, Virginia

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Find out more about the Iris staff

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Iris Editor

Alison-Headshot_SquareAlison Kuhn, Communications Assistant at the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at U.Va., produces and manages the 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. Read her blog posts for the Women’s Center to keep up with events and services that the Center offers. Alison earned her B.A. In Media Studies and Women & Gender Studies at U.Va. She worked for Iris Magazine during her undergraduate career as both an intern and Assistant Editor. She is originally from Sterling, Virginia, but loves living in Charlottesville with all of its amazing restaurants and breweries.


Iris Assistant Editor

296786_2447172063790_545735333_n Olivia Knott is a fourth year majoring in American Studies with a concentration in popular and visual culture. She first began working for Iris as an editorial intern during her third year. She is inspired by all things creative, including writing, fashion, and film.




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Carly GorelickCarly Gorelick is a third 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.



Kimia NiksereshtKimia Nikseresht is a third 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, the PULSE dialogue retreat, and Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. 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 second 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 fourth 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.



Allyson picAllyson Cartwright is a fourth year majoring in English Literature and minoring in Middle Eastern Studies. In addition to Iris, Allyson is a member of Her Campus at UVA and UN Women.  She has interests in global education for girls and plans to become a schoolteacher abroad or a journalist. Her life goal is to travel the world and write about it.


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