Director and Staff


Dr. Jill Williams, Director

Dr. Jill Williams stepped in as WISE Director in November of 2014.  Before taking this position, Jill  completed an  MA in Women's Studies fromthe University of Cincinnati and a PhD in Geography from the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. She has worked extensively with the Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers to increase diversity in the field of geography and promote feminist geographic research more broadly.

In addition to developing and implementing outreach and student engagement opportunities as Director of WISE, Jill also maintains an active research agenda focused on understanding contemporary border and immigration enforcement policies and their effects.  You can read more about her scholarly work here.

Please contact Jill at if you are interested in getting involved with WISE or have other questions. 

Nancy Freitas, Bio/Diveristy Project Program Coordinator

Nancy Freitas is the Program Coordinator for the Bio/Diversity Project, which is program run through WISE. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2015 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a focus in Environmental Change. During her time as a student, she was involved with the on-campus chapter of Planned Parenthood (VOX) where she did outreach and education about women’s health. Nancy also developed environmental research on the impacts of global warming on Arctic lake systems.

Before beginning her position with WISE, Nancy served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay where she worked on environmental conservation efforts. Today, she is taking classes at the University of Arizona in preparation to pursue a graduate degree, and is coaching the University of Arizona Women’s Ultimate team for the 2016-2017 school year.

Allison Dumka, Program Supervisor

Allison Dumka is the Program Supervisor for Girls Who Code and the STEM Pipeline Mentorship Program. She works as a Senior Instructional Specialist on Project CHANGE (Career, Harassment, and Nontraditional Gender Education)—a partnership with the Arizona Department of Education, working to promote gender nontraditional careers and successful professional development in Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs.

Prior to her work at SIROW, Allison worked in higher education administration (managing a Master’s of Science in Systems Engineering Partnership with Johns Hopkins University, including outreach and policy development) and diversity program management. Contact her at with any questions.