The Security Studies Program Student Council plays an integral role in the planning and execution of student events, as well as providing a voice of the student body to the administration and faculty of SSP. The SSP Student Council is committed to ensuring that the SSP experience is not only memorable, but exceptional. Since its inception in the Fall of 2013, the SSP Student Council has played a critical role in establishing and maintaining an exceptional degree of camaraderie among the students, faculty, and administration of the program.


Student Council hosts various events designed to enhance professional development, build a sense of community within SSP, and connect SSP students to SSP faculty, professionals in the field, alumni, and the Georgetown Community at large. Some of these events include:

  • Weekly Happy Hours
  • Bi-Annual Flag Football Game
  • Professor Spotlights
  • Alumni Spotlights
  • Informal Alumni Networking Events
  • Friendsgiving
  • Interest Group Outings
  • Annual Nationals Baseball Game

Student Council also spearheads a number of philanthropic events on campus. Student Council hosts these events in partnership with Objective Zero, an alumni-led non-profit founded to combat veteran suicide. In a single semester, Georgetown SSP students raised over $2,500, making them one of Objective Zero’s top-tier “5-Star Supporters”. You can find out more about Objective Zero on their webpage. Some of the philanthropy events Student Council hosts or participates in include:

  • Covert Affair Gala and Silent Auction
  • P.O.K.E.R. Night
  • Trivia Nights

Current Officers

President: Kayla O’Callaghan

Vice President: Alicia Chavy

Activities Coordinator: Anna Liu

Events Coordinator: Abigail Roberts

Representatives: Sonia Alvarez, Kristina Drye, Emiel Haeghbaert, Makayla Kessel, Gregory Niguidula, Sam Riddell

SFS Council Representatives: Lauren Dore, Martina Hukel

Current students should feel free to reach out to Student Council at any time with ideas for events, questions, comments, or concerns! They can be reached at, or comments can be submitted through this anonymous form.