8 AAUW Leaders Launch Projects for Women at CGI U 2014April 25, 2014
As a sponsor of Clinton Global Initiative University, AAUW had the honor of bringing a group of eight AAUW-affiliated students to attend CGI U at Arizona State University. The group included a current AAUW International Fellow, a Career Development Grant recipient, and six AAUW e-student affiliates representing universities from across the country. The students planned grassroots projects ranging from increasing women in science and technology careers to ending sex trafficking. We are excited to follow these eight amazing women on their journeys to make change in their communities.
Her project: Abdurahman is working as part of a team, with Jena Pruitt, on Entrapping Sex Trafficking, a project that is dedicated to decreasing the number of women and girls who are trafficked in the San Francisco Bay Area. Abdurahman is committed to educating the community about sexual assault and rape culture and hopes to spread knowledge of campus and community resources to survivors of interpersonal violence, especially in communities of color.
Abdurahman is an AAUW e-student affiliate and a second-year student at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Her project: Pruitt is working as part of a team, with Susana Abdurahman, on Entrapping Sex Trafficking, a project that is dedicated to decreasing the number of women and girls who are trafficked in the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the next year, Pruitt intends to increase the knowledge of sex trafficking on her campus through workshops, tabling, and visual activism.
Pruitt is an AAUW e-student affiliate and a fourth-year political science and anthropology double major at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Her project: Amaro will create an all-day leadership retreat for 50 local high school girls. She has already created a workshop series to help student-parents graduate, as well as established her own nonprofit organization.
Amaro is an AAUW e-student affiliate and student at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She promotes diversity on her campus as president of the Hispanic Club.
Her project: Espinoza is the co-director of the Research Experience for Peruvian Undergraduates (REPU) program, which supports the development of scientists in Peru. Her project will be to launch a REPU physics branch.
Espinoza is a 2013–14 AAUW International Fellow from Peru and a third-year graduate student at the Thomas Pollard Laboratory at Yale University, where she studies the Arp2/3 complex, a protein involved in cell movement.
Her project: Lane and her partner founded WomenRock to provide educational information about the LGBTQ community. Through WomenRock and her CGI U project, Lane is working to provide a safe haven for victims of intimate-partner violence and a social meeting place for members of the LGBTQ community.
Lane is an AAUW e-student affiliate and a junior majoring in psychology at the University of North Texas. Before attending college full time, she served in the U.S. Air Force. Lane is a passionate advocate for social justice.
Her project: Lipp is working with her classmate Alison Rohly on ND ROCKS (North Dakota Rural Outreach Giving Chicks Knowledge of Science), a program that addresses the issue of gender imbalance in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in rural North Dakota. ND ROCKS will engage girls in seventh through ninth grade in science through demonstrations, real-world scientific applications, and the instruction of women graduate students.
Lipp is an AAUW member who is working on her doctorate in pharmaceutical sciences at North Dakota State University.
Her project: Rohly is working with her classmate Lindsey Lipp on ND ROCKS (North Dakota Rural Outreach Giving Chicks Knowledge of Science), a program that will address the issue of gender imbalance in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in rural North Dakota. ND ROCKS engages girls in seventh through ninth grade in science through a variety of demonstrations, real-world scientific applications, and the instruction of women graduate students.
Rohly is an AAUW member and graduate student at North Dakota State University. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in coatings and polymeric materials.
Her project: Mubanga is launching an innovative program that will reduce maternal and neonatal mortality rates in the war-torn border cities Chililabombwe, Zambia, and Kasumbalesa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mubanga has established a nonprofit organization, the Better Life Bureau, dedicated to building capacity for women and children in Zambia through research, advocacy, and development programs.