Marlene Canlas

I’ve been advising students at Georgetown for more than 10 years. I’m also a proud alumna so I can personally attest to the positive impact Georgetown has had on my life, and it’s my hope that I can contribute, in at least some small way, to making your experience on the Hilltop the best it can be.

After finishing my undergrad degree at GU, I pursued master's degrees in public health and international affairs and worked briefly for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) before returning to Georgetown. Occasionally, I teach a course on international health and development—I hope to get back in the classroom soon.

I’m originally from New Jersey but have lived in the DC/Northern Virginia area for most of my adult life. For three years, I worked at Georgetown’s campus in Doha, Qatar. I very much enjoyed living the expat life and the amazing opportunity I had to meet and work with students and colleagues from all over the world, as well as the opportunity to indulge one of my greatest pastimes: travel. If you come by my office (and I hope that you do), you’ll find it decorated with lots of things that I’ve gathered from abroad.  

Some of my most memorable travel experiences were Georgetown service trips to Bangladesh, China, and Sri Lanka where I worked with Habitat for Humanity and local communities to rebuild homes affected by natural disasters. Domestically, I’ve also gone on service trips to the Gulf Coast (post-Katrina) and rural Arkansas. The latter trips were entirely student-led and run through Georgetown’s Center for Social Justice; specifically, the Alternative Breaks Program (ABP). I highly recommend ABP for any of you that are interested in direct service or exploring social justice issues. It’s also a great bonding experience and a wonderful way to meet fellow students.

In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering, yoga, musical theater, photography and dance. At Georgetown, I was a member of the ballroom dance team which competes against other collegiate teams around the US and sometimes even abroad. Aside from my first-year dorm floor (Harbin 4 forever!), the ballroom team has led to the most lasting friendships I have from college!  

I genuinely looking forward to the arrival of first-year students in August—the quiet summer is nice for a few weeks, but then I start to get a little stir crazy. I’m far more energized by working with students in person than working through my inbox. So to all of my advisees—last names Si-Z and anyone with pre-med questions—please come by to meet me in person!