Women in International Security

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Women In International Security is a non-partisan group dedicated to women’s inclusion and leadership in the peace and security fields.  WIIS provides valuable services and resources to build a global network of women in International Security and has members (both men and women) in 47 countries, on six continents.  We work to increases the number and visibility of women across sectors and around the world. Its members work in international organizations, governments, NGOs, think tanks, universities, corporations, and media outlets worldwide.

Notre Dame Chapter

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Here at ND, we’ll build a network of Notre Dame women, alumni, and friends, in the field to mentor and guide you.  We provide opportunities to meet with visiting speakers, join public lectures, and develop lasting connections with fellow WIIS women, faculty, and visiting speakers through small group discussions.  We’re also here to help with career advice, resumes, cover letters, and internship support. 



“WIIS was an integral part of my studies of political science and international security at Notre Dame. It built a powerful network by connecting students with influential women in international security as well as peers interested in the same field. I am so inspired by the women I met through WIIS, and I look forward to watching WIIS-ND continue to highlight the important yet often-underrepresented voices of women in international security.”
–Erin Hayes
   Former WIIS member
   Class of 2018

Interested in Joining?

Contact us at wiis@nd.edu, or fill out the form below.

While we are open to non-member participation in WIIS speaker event and public events, certain opportunities are available for members only. Membership is open to all.


Even though we are called Women in International Security, males are welcome to join as members. Regardless of gender, our events will be relevant to anyone interested in security-related issues and we would love to have you join in the conversation!

Fall Semester Events

Career Night

  • Learn about careers and internships in the security field
  • Receive guidance and tips from Anita Rees from the Career Center
  • Q&A with student panelists who have completed security internships

Skype Sessions

  • Skype talk given by women in the field about their experiences, career path, etc.
  • Q&A opportunities

WIIS National Intelligence Council Dinner

  • NDISC coordinated dinner with Amy McAuliffe (chair of the National Intelligence Council) and Suzy Frye (director of their futures program).

Speaker Events: To be announced

Our Officers

Emma Morrison

Mackenzie Nolan and Beth Vander Hoek
Co-Vice Presidents

Monica Montgomery
Head of Mentorship Program

Cassie Anzalone (Fall) and Sarah Powell (Spring)

Lindsey Dorenkott
Communications Director