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The end of a year is always a good time to reflect on the accomplishments and joys of the last 12 months and to look ahead to the new year. I spoke recently with members of the newly installed executive board of the AAUW student organization at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, about their highlights from 2012 and their goals for the new term. The UM-Dearborn organization got its legs in early 2012 after four students attended the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) in May 2011. I was lucky enough to hear from Tina Nelson, president of AAUW UM-Dearborn, and Benita Robinson, membership coordinator of AAUW UM-Dearborn and 2012–13 National Student Advisory Council member, about their 2012 reflections and 2013 goals.

UM-Dearborn students at NCCWSL

Highlights from 2012

  • Starting the AAUW student organization at UM-Dearborn — an idea sparked by NCCWSL 2011
  • Attending NCCWSL 2012 with 34 UM-Dearborn students and 27 students from 13 other Michigan colleges and universities
  • Presenting the Five Easy Steps to Starting an Organization on Campus workshop at NCCWSL 2012
  • Teaching members of the college community about issues of inequality and ways we can work to combat inequality and discrimination
  • Networking with other women and hearing stories of their successes and obstaclesAAUW UM-Dearborn members painted the University rock with AAUW’s logo
  • Painting the university rock during election week with AAUW’s logo and a reminder to vote — a night that made us feel radical and bold

Goals for 2013

  • Engage and excite our members about our organization
  • Return to NCCWSL in May with other members
  • Sustain and further develop the relationships that we have with the AAUW Dearborn (MI) Branch and AAUW of Michigan

I can tell that the AAUW student organization at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, is going to do great things in 2013.

If you are inspired to start an AAUW student organization on your college or university campus, send us an e-mail at coll-univ@aauw.org with “student organization” in the subject line. You can also check out our Program in a Box for more information on forming an AAUW student org.

This post was written by AAUW College/University Relationships Intern Courtney Douglas.

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Kelsey Klein

The 2013 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) is approaching and will surely leave our attendees with new revelations on leadership. Following NCCWSL 2012 — one of our most successful conferences to date — we will go above and beyond for students May 30–June 1, 2013.

For past attendees, NCCWSL has provided the boost of confidence that they needed to get going in leadership. Our conference provides life-changing skills to help women step up to the plate and lead without any doubts.

Meet Kelsey Klein, for example. Klein is a senior majoring in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Last year, she attended as a national scholarship recipient and could not have been more appreciative. “My high expectations for NCCWSL 2012 were in no way disappointed,” Klein says, glowing over the amazing words of encouragement that she heard from keynote speakers Lilly Ledbetter and Mayda del Valle. Klein was also moved by the stories and accomplishments of our Women of Distinction honorees, specifically Noorjahan Akbar. “I felt like [I saw] my life reflected in NCCWSL 2012, reminding me that I am not alone in my experiences,” says Klein. “I felt connected to the women of NCCWSL.”

NCCWSL inspired Klein to “be fearless” and “go for it!” Hearing and connecting with all the women at the conference gave her the power to be confident, assured, and steadfast in utilizing her skills. “This means recommitting myself to these qualities in my current leadership roles as well as being confident, fierce, and fearless in accepting new leadership roles,” she explains. Now producing her university’s performance of The Vagina Monologues, Klein continues to put these tools to use.

NCCWSL was definitely a transformative experience for Klein, one that she highly recommends to other student women leaders. “Whether you are a new leader or an experienced one, NCCWSL can help you build leadership skills, think about leadership in new ways, and refresh your commitment to excellence,” she says. “Take advantage of any opportunity to attend the conference!”

So where will you be May 30–June 1? Take Kelsey’s advice:  Be fearless! Be inspired! Be transformed into a better leader, and make sure you register for NCCWSL 2013!

This post was written by AAUW Leadership Programs Intern Nzinga Shury.

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Thanksgiving is a day for giving thanks. Black Friday is a day for getting deals. Why not designate a day for giving back? That’s the question that inspired Giving Tuesday, a day to launch the season of giving that comes with the holidays.

As an organization rated highly by Charity Navigator, NerdWallet, GreatNonprofits, and others, we know how important philanthropy is. In fact, we see the impact AAUW donors have every day. In honor of Giving Tuesday, we wanted to share a success story that illustrates what kind of work AAUW can do thanks to your generosity — but we couldn’t pick just one! Check out these six inspiring stories that were made possible by AAUW donors.

Want to be a part of Giving Tuesday? Donate today.

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Fellowships and Grants

Writing a dissertation and raising young daughters at the same time wasn’t easy, but the Rev. Dori Baker didn’t want to choose between a career and raising a family. Thanks to a fellowship from AAUW, she didn’t have to. “The fellowship literally paid for my child care while I wrote,” Baker says, and it gave her the time she needed to write.

Now a published author who has advanced in her career, Baker is able to mentor young adults — particularly young women — as they figure out their futures.

Today, on Giving Tuesday, support women like Baker: Donate today!


NCCWSL Scholarships    

Evelyn Garcia Morales grew up in a poverty-ridden community with drug and gang problems. She knows leadership opportunities for young people are important — that’s why she works with low-income high school students. Morales found inspiration for her work at the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, which she was able to attend thanks to a scholarship from an AAUW branch.

“The energy in the room was so powerful — it woke me up in a way and acted as the slingshot I needed to keep me going in my new career path,” Morales says. “And I now feel so connected to this larger community of support that wants to see me develop holistically and will continue to make sure women are lifted up.”

AAUW supports women leaders from day one. Help us keep this going — support this powerful conference today!


Tech Trek Camps

Girls need more opportunities to gain confidence and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Now,  eighth-grade girls in Ohio, Oklahoma, Florida, Texas, and Washington will get that chance thanks to a pilot program to bring Tech Trek to sites across the country. This weeklong summer camp shows girls how fun STEM can be.

If we can raise the funds to make the pilot program a success, then we can bring the camps to more states next year and open the doors to well-paid STEM careers.

Want to inspire girls to pursue STEM? Support these exciting camps today!


AAUW Research

“[AAUW’s report] blows a hole in the argument that women are paid less because they take time off to have children.”

— ThinkProgress.org

Since 1885, AAUW’s research has debunked all kinds of myths about women. Want to help? Donate today!


Campus Action Project Grants

This April, students at the University of Arizona will learn about wage discrimination from these women, who are hosting Mind the Gap Day to empower fellow students to stand for fair pay.

Financial support for Mind the Gap comes from AAUW’s Campus Action Project grants, which fund groups of students and faculty who use AAUW research and recommendations to address issues on a local level.

AAUW puts our research into practice. Help us make a difference today.


Pay Equity

When Lilly Ledbetter lost her lawsuit for equal pay, she knew she couldn’t just give up and go home.

“I had to stand up for what was right, but I wasn’t alone,” Ledbetter said. “Thanks to the hard work of AAUW and ordinary Americans who called their legislators to support pay equity legislation, we are on our way to winning the fight to close the wage gap. AAUW is a key leader of these continuing efforts.”

Help AAUW support women like Ledbetter. Donate today!

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We are thrilled to honor Donna Shalala — a teacher, scholar, and leader — as a Woman of Distinction for the 2013 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. Her dedication and accomplishments will truly inspire anyone. Like our previous honorees, Shalala continues to make strides to better her community. Because she steps outside of the box and juggles multiple roles simultaneously, Shalala has gone above and beyond to effect change for women and girls.

Shalala currently serves as president of the University of Miami. This is an extraordinary accomplishment at a time when women make up just 23 percent of college and university presidents in the United States. She is also director of Mednax, a national health care delivery group. At the University of Miami, Shalala has led the effort to raise $1.4 billion in private support for the university’s academic and research programs.

Aside from her academic accomplishments, Shalala has been a huge figure in public service. In 1962, she served as one of the first Peace Corps volunteers in Iran. She was assistant secretary for policy development and research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Carter administration and was appointed secretary of health and human services under President Bill Clinton. In 2008, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. Shalala has received numerous other awards and also served under President George W. Bush.

Shalala’s accomplishments encourage me to continue reaching for my goals no matter what. Her achievements in education exemplify hard work at its finest, as does her commitment to giving back to the community. Her work gives me courage in a society where women may not be equally represented but where barriers can be broken.

I am truly excited that Shalala has been chosen as our first Woman of Distinction and even more excited to hear her speak at NCCWSL 2013! I look forward to asking her about how she dealt with adversity and her methods of overcoming challenges. I know her words will help us to transform our women students into better campus leaders.

Will you be there to meet Donna Shalala?

This post was written by AAUW Leadership Programs Intern Nzinga Shury.

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The National Conference for College Women Student Leaders is a one-of-a-kind experience. Year after year, this AAUW and NASPA conference provides college students the tools and the confidence to flourish and evolve as leaders when they return to their campuses.

Meet Katelyn Cohen, for instance. She attended in 2012 on a national NCCWSL scholarship sponsored by AAUW member Barbara Fetterhoff and could not be more thankful for the opportunity. Immediately after the conference, AAUW interviewed Cohen. “I thought the greatest thing about the conference was that it served as a place for a bunch of young women who want to be leaders and who have similar passions to come together and to meet each other and network with each other and to make friends,” she says.

Even better, NCCWSL helped Cohen determine that she wants to work in nonprofit management and gave her the motivation to pursue her career. NCCWSL not only energized her — it also gave her the skills to implement her ideas on her campus. “I used the skills I developed to use visionary leadership styles to accomplish setting up events,” she says. “I use the information on women’s voting and getting out the vote I got from the conference to help ground voter registration this fall.” One of the best things that Cohen took away from NCCWSL was that leading can be scary and overwhelming but that “these feelings are OK and normal — they can be turned into a fire that propels you further.”

We know Cohen isn’t the only student from last year’s conference who experienced a transformation. Now, it’s time for other 2012 attendees to share their stories and to enter for a chance to win a free registration and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend NCCWSL May 30–June 1, 2013!

If you — or someone you know — attended NCCWSL 2012 and want to inspire others and attend NCCWSL 2013 for free, enter to win the NCCWSL in Action award through our first-ever video contest.

We can’t wait to see all the exciting ways that you are using what you’ve learned. Be the 2012 participant who inspires others with your leadership!

This post was written by AAUW Leadership Programs Intern Nzinga Shury.

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Inspired. That’s how I felt when I saw the large number of outstanding applications for the 2012–13 National Student Advisory Council. There are so many women leaders making a difference on college and university campuses across the country.

The 10 outstanding women selected for this year’s council come from a variety of backgrounds and have held a range of leadership positions on their campuses and beyond. Throughout the year, they will grow as AAUW ambassadors on their campuses and in their communities. They will also play an essential role in the planning and implementation of the 2013 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders.

2011-12 National Student Advisory Council members with the 2012 Women of Distinction

Meet the members of this year’s SAC:

  • Nanci Alanis is a junior majoring in psychology at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Alanis transferred from Elgin Community College, where she was involved with student government and was an officer for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
  • Maureen Evans Arthurs is a senior majoring in gender and women’s studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is the project manager for her university’s Women Involved in Learning and Leadership program and was an AAUW Development intern from 2010 to 2011.
  • Maybellin Burgos is a junior majoring in computer science at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She is president of both the Association of Computing Machinery-Women and Students and Technology in Academia, Research, and Service on her campus.
  • Kelly Kay Clark is a graduate student studying higher education administration at the University of Kansas. She is the assistant complex director of an all-women residence hall on campus and was Collegiate Panhellenic Council president when she was an undergraduate student at Texas A&M.
  • Bethany Imondi is a senior majoring in government and English at Georgetown University. She is president of the Georgetown Women in Politics student organization and is an intern at Emily’s List.
  • Natasha Mercado is a sophomore majoring in radiology technology at Bellevue College, where she designed a student club to support women entering the science and health care fields. She also volunteers at a local hospital.
  • Huong Nguyen is a junior majoring in psychology at Washington and Jefferson College. She is president and a founding member of the Diversity Programming Board and is a resident assistant in a first-year hall. She has held leadership positions in the Black Student Union and in student government.
  • Taaj Reaves is a senior majoring in journalism and political science at the University of Missouri. She is president of the AAUW student organization at the University of Missouri. Reaves also serves as a leadership adviser and study abroad student manager on campus.
  • Benita Robinson is a junior majoring in computer science and sociology at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. She is a founder of the AAUW student organization on her campus and is the student coordinator for the Women in Learning and Leadership program.
  • Samaura Stone is a graduate student studying social work at Portland State University. She has experience with political campaigns and has worked for a senator. She is the vice chair of the Oregon Commission on Black Affairs and has been a Multnomah County child advocate for several years.

As in past years, SAC members will write guest blog posts each week, so you will have a chance to read about their student leadership experiences and ideas. This year, all 10 SAC members are enrolled at AAUW college/university partner member schools.

Read more about the Student Advisory Council and our new members. If you want to get connected with one of these students in your state, please contact us.

This post was written by AAUW College/University Relationships Manager Christine Hernandez.

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The AAUW Action Fund’s It’s My Vote: I Will Be Heard voter education and turnout campaign represents an unprecedented investment in making women’s voices heard in the 2012 election. Follow us on Twitter and on Tumblr for the latest updates, and check out our biweekly Campaign Update for news, resources, and ideas.

New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly gets (momentarily) serious in a new It’s My Vote: I Will Be Heard pep talk. Addressing young women in particular, the 2012 NCCWSL Woman of Distinction talks about why she is so passionate about voting:

I have a lot of friends who are cartoonists who live around the world. And some of them live in countries where they do not have the right to vote and do not have the right to express themselves the way they want to.

I can. I live in America. I can draw what I want. I can think what I want. I can write what I want, and nobody’s going to throw me in jail, or smash my hands, or kill me.

Some of these cartoonists don’t have that right. They can’t vote, for one thing, and they can’t even express what they want to express.

So I’m here to tell you how important it is that you use your vote to express yourself. I’m going to go to the poll in November, and I’m going to vote, and then I’m going to come home, and I’m going to draw whatever I want to draw because I can do that. I have the freedom to in this country. So don’t abuse that, and use your right to vote.

At the end of her pep talk, Donnelly whips out her pen and draws a cartoon just for voters. Watch and share!

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Do you work at or attend a college or university? Are you looking for leadership or funding opportunities? Yes? You are in luck! Applications are now available for three of our great leadership programs. Take action soon — the deadlines are coming up!

Elect Her–Campus Women Win

Elect Her–Campus Women Win, a collaboration between AAUW and Running Start, encourages and trains young women to run for student government on their campuses. Any student, AAUW member, or campus faculty or staff member can apply on behalf of a campus to host the program during the 2013 spring semester.

In 2012, Elect Her was held at 28 sites for more than 600 participants, 99 percent of whom would recommend the training to a friend.

“I was able to meet some incredible women who had been in my position before and create connections with them to help me succeed.”—Boise State University participant

Visit the Elect Her web page to access the application and for more information about the program. Applications are due September 30, and selections will be announced by October 7. AAUW college/university partner members receive preference in the selection process..

National Student Advisory Council

College students nationwide can apply to serve on the AAUW National Student Advisory Council for the 2012–13 academic year. The 10 selected SAC members will travel to Washington, D.C., in early November for a retreat and then again in June for the 2013 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. They will have the unique opportunity to advise a national women’s group, hone their leadership skills, and network with student leaders and distinguished women.

“AAUW gave me a golden year of opportunity that I will forever appreciate. … One of the best parts is that even though my term on the SAC is over, my connection and time with AAUW truly has just begun.” — Laura Corrigan, 2011–12 SAC member, St. Mary’s College

Visit the SAC page to access the application, instructions, and information about qualifications. Applications are due September 30, and the new SAC will be announced by October 7. Students at AAUW college/university partner member institutions receive preference.

AAUW Campus Action Projects

This year’s CAP grant program focuses on the issues raised in AAUW’s upcoming research report, Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Men and Women One Year after College Graduation. The report explores the reasons behind the pay gap between women and men college graduates who are working full time one year after graduation as well as the relationship between the pay gap and student debt repayment.

Campus Action Project teams will have the opportunity to address these issues on their campuses and in their communities during the spring semester with projects like educational workshops, awareness campaigns, art or video contests, and other creative ideas. Teams will share their experiences at the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders in June 2013.

Applications must be submitted by October 19, 2012, andAAUW college/university partner members receive preference in the selection process. Applicants will be contacted byNovember 9, and teams will be announced at the official report release event on November 15.

I hope you will apply for and spread the word about these amazing opportunities. Also, be sure to check out some of the other campus-based programs AAUW offers.

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Members of academic departments tend to stick together like peanut butter and jelly, forks and knives, or in my case, grants and early coffee trips. Students within the same major or minor usually connect during academic events, from poetry readings to trips to the forest to study the local fauna. At the start of my fall semester in 2011, there was only one other student in St. Mary’s College’s women’s studies program who had self-designed a major, which made my academic community quite sparse. Through the support of my women’s studies sidekick, Catherine Cleary, I was fortunate enough to learn about AAUW and hear firsthand about her wonderful experience on the National Student Advisory Council the previous year. Just a few weeks after submitting my application, I was thrilled to be selected as a member of the 2011–12 SAC.

Within the next month, amid my courses and the quickly approaching Thanksgiving break, I flew to Washington, D.C., to meet the nine other SAC members at our orientation. This weekend excursion created such excitement for a subject I already had great passion for. After the events on our packed itinerary — including my favorite stop, the Sewall-Belmont House — I returned to South Bend, Indiana, with even greater excitement for the upcoming year. Through weekly conference calls, writing blog posts for AAUW, and preparing for and participating in the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, I got to know the other SAC members and the women at AAUW who helped us and kept us informed about opportunities throughout the year.

During my term on the SAC, I was given a plethora of opportunities, ideas, and programs to apply to my own campus and community. Teamed up with my academic sidekick, I successfully completed a Campus Action Project, which was based on AAUW´s research report Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School, to draft a letter to the South Bend mayor asking for a declaration of Equal Pay Day and to hold a $tart $mart program on our campus. AAUW gave me a golden year of opportunity that I will forever appreciate. In addition to meeting amazing women like fair pay advocate Lilly Ledbetter and cartoonist Liza Donnelly and presenting our Campus Action Project at NCCWSL, I expanded my interests and strengthened my network of supportive women. I wholeheartedly encourage everyone to apply for the SAC — it was the most exciting and enjoyable year I have ever had. One of the best parts is that even though my term on the SAC is over, my connection and time with AAUW truly has just begun.

Applications for the 2012–13 National Student Advisory Council will be available on August 27 and are due September 30. Visit the SAC page to access the application, instructions, and information about qualifications. Students at AAUW college/university partner member institutions receive preference.

This post was written by former National Student Advisory Council member Laura Corrigan.

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This year’s National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) was the largest in the event’s 27-year history and also one of the most diverse. This was my first time at NCCWSL, and I was surprised by the age range represented. After speaking to one of our older attendees during the Creating Safe Spaces workshop, I learned that she was returning to college and came to NCCWSL to find new ways to get involved on campus. 

A recent report from the National Center for Education Statistics showed a 43 percent increase in the number of students age 25 and older who enrolled in college from 2000 to 2009, and programs like NCCWSL can be an important part of these students’ success. Many schools are reaching out to women who are considering coming back to school, such as the It’s Your Turn program at Lake-Sumter Community College in Leesburg, Florida.

My older sister Binta is currently making strides at New York’s College of New Rochelle toward earning her degree in sociology after a 10-plus-year break. I shared with her my experience at NCCWSL and the impressive older students in attendance. She responded, “Going back to college after such a long hiatus, you lose a connection to how college life operates. Having programs and conferences that can teach you how to be successful in these places are always beneficial — besides, there is never a time to put an end to learning new leadership skills.”

After our conversation, I completely agreed. At age 34, going back to college could have been considered impossible, but my sister is living proof that it can be done. She inspires me on a daily basis — her drive, commitment, and hunger for knowledge have taught me that it is truly never too late and that learning has no age limit.

With a predicted increase in the number of older students who will be starting or returning to college, it’s important to realize that it is never too late to learn to lead. Students of all ages can benefit from experiences that expose them to different leadership styles and tactics. Because this clock never stops, students will enjoy NCCWSL whether they are 20 years of age or 50.

Do you know women who are returning to school? How are they anxious to learn and grow?

This post was written by AAUW Leadership Programs Intern Nzinga Shury.

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