About Us

Mission Statement

The Carolina Women’s Center’s mission is to create an inclusive education and work environment where gender is not a barrier to success, difference and diversity are celebrated, and everyone is safe to live, learn, teach, and work without threat of harm or unequal treatment.

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The CWC’s Staff

Christi Hurt, Director

Christi Hurt is the CWC’s Director.  Christi is a Carolina alumna, graduating in 1993 with a BA in History and in 1998 with a Master of Public Administration degree.  She has been a lifelong advocate for women, with extensive experience in organizational development and leadership transitions.  She has worked on the local, state, and national level in nonprofit organizations that advocate for an end to violence against women.  Christi has served a principal in her own consulting firm, working on projects that focus on eliminating violence against women and children in North Carolina and across the country. Most recently, she led a project to develop a multidisciplinary plan to eliminate childhood sexual abuse across North Carolina. She worked on a national sexual assault technical assistance project and was an active trainer, facilitator and organizational development consultant.  For over nine years, she was with the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs in Olympia, Washington, serving as Acting Executive Director, Associate Director, and Member Services Director.   Contact Christi at christihurt@unc.edu or 919-843-5620.

Cassidy Johnson, Gender Violence Services Coordinator

Cassidy Johnson serves as the Gender Violence Services Coordinator (GVSC). The role of the GVSC is to be a confidential advocate to all students, faculty, and staff who have experienced, or are experiencing, interpersonal violence (sexual violence, relationship violence, harassment, stalking), either before or during their time at UNC. Cassidy can provide emotional support, answer questions about reporting options at the University, assist you in navigating through the reporting process, and help link you with support options at UNC and in the community. Cassidy has been Safe Zone and Green Zone trained; she is also HAVEN trained and is one of the facilitators for HAVEN training.

Cassidy graduated from UNC in 2007 with a BA, double-majoring in Psychology and Women’s Studies. After working with Americorps, Cassidy went on to earn an MA from the University of San Diego in Marital and Family Therapy. (Cassidy is currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of North Carolina). Cassidy has volunteered with the Orange County Rape Crisis Center since Spring of 2012, completing a 60 hour training to serve as a Companion on the 24 hour crisis line and completing a 30 hour training to serve as a Support Group Facilitator. Cassidy has experience working with people who have a wide variety of mental health, intellectual, and developmental diagnoses.

Cassidy is currently working towards establishing regular office hours for the upcoming semester. In the meantime, please contact Cassidy at cassidyjohnson@unc.edu or 919-962-1343 to set up an appointment.


 CWC Student Staff


IMG_20130919_222516 Joy Liburd is currently a first-year student here at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Joy is majoring in journalism and hopes to be a broadcast journalist upon graduating from the University in 2017. She is passionate about female empowerment cross-culturally, but especially within the African American community. Joy also advocates utilizing fine and performing arts in efforts dealing with gender equity. During her time at the Carolina Women’s Center, she hopes to develop programming to foster healthy homes, support for single mothers, and discipline and self-respect among women.


Brittanie is an office assistant at the Carolina Women’s Center and is originally from Winston-Salem, NC. She is a transfer student and a second year sophomore Pharmacy major. Brittanie is interested in gender equality, women’s empowerment, and interpersonal violence. She hopes to participate in different training opportunities on campus, so that she can be a resource to her UNC community who may have experienced interpersonal violence.


Maria is a work-study student at the Women’s Center from Franklinton, NC. She is a junior at UNC. She is majoring in Political Science and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. Maria is interested in women’s empowerment, diversity, and helping others realize their inner feminist.


Debanjali is a sophomore volunteer and is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina. Although her major is still undecided, Debanjali is interested in diversity in STEM fields, undergraduate mentoring, and women’s empowerment.