Andrea Woods (’09)

B.A., English with Honors, B.A., Psychology with Honors

Every person that crosses your path has dignity and value.”

Title: University of Washington School of Law student
Location: Seattle, Wash.

After earning a double major with honors in English and Psychology from Gonzaga, Andrea joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Philadelphia, where she was instrumental in creating Death Penalty Awareness Week in conjunction with Amnesty International. While with the JVC, Andrea worked for a group called Witness to Innocence, which is the country’s only organization composed of, by and for exonerated death row survivors and their loved ones.

Gonzaga Connections

  • Seattle Alumni Chapter member
  • Washington, D.C. Chapter member
  • Philadelphia Alumni Chapter member
  • Gonzaga Student Body Association President
  • Gonzaga’s first Rhodes scholarship finalist
  • 2009 Ignatian Student Spirit Award recipient

“These men know what it’s like to feel invisible and forgotten,” she said. “I heard of suffering, blatant injustice, torture and loss – life stories that are infuriating, extraordinary and true. And they come from the mouths of men who have practiced more forgiveness, survived more despair and exuded more grace than anyone I’ve ever known.”

Andrea was one of five people chosen to receive the prestigious 2011 Gates Public Service Law Scholarship to attend the University of Washington School of Law. In exchange for the full scholarship, she will dedicate five years to public service law upon graduating. The scholarship allows law graduates to move directly into the public service work they love.

Prior to becoming a full-time law student, Andrea worked as a caregiver at Joseph’s House, an AIDS hospice, during her second year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Washington, D.C.




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