Choose Your Own Adventure: Apply for Campus Leadership Programs!
Whether you like it or not, summer is drawing to a close. While some might dread the end of beach days and outdoor concerts, I am excited about all the new adventures the academic year will bring. Each year, AAUW’s campus programs are part of the journey for thousands of college women on their way to being the next generation of leaders. Today, the adventure begins as applications open for three of these programs: the National Student Advisory Council, Elect Her–Campus Women Win, and Campus Action Projects. But which one is right for you?
Want to work with a national team on a broad range of leadership and women’s empowerment issues? You should choose the National Student Advisory Council. The Student Advisory Council is made up of 10 women from across the country who become AAUW ambassadors and provide staff with essential firsthand accounts of student needs and ideas for combating sex discrimination in higher education and the workplace. From October to June, Student Advisory Council members promote AAUW and our programs on their campuses, organize Equal Pay Day activities, and help plan the annual National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. Choose this adventure if you want to work on a variety of issues and tailor the experience to your interests and strengths.
Want to encourage more women to get involved in politics on your campus and in your community? Choose
Elect Her–Campus Women Win as your adventure! Elect Her is the only national program to encourage and train college women to run for student government in order to build the pipeline of women running for office. Elect Her is a collaboration between AAUW and Running Start. A team made up of a campus administrator, student liaison, and AAUW member liaison work together with AAUW and Running Start staff to plan and execute the one-day, 4.5-hour training on a campus. Each training features research on women in politics, inspiring local speakers, and hands-on campaign practice. In 2013, an unprecedented 16 Elect Her alumnae ran for student government president, and 13 of them won! This year Elect Her will be expanding to 50 campuses.
If you’d like to flex your creative muscles and work with a team at your school, try our Campus Action Projects. These annual, grant-funded, student-led projects put AAUW’s latest research into action. This year students will focus on Women in Community Colleges: Access to Success. The report recommends several policies and practices to help women succeed at community colleges and later at four-year institutions and in the workforce. Both two- and four-year institutions are encouraged to apply for up to $5,000 to carry out projects during the spring semester. Approximately 10 teams will be selected. Choose this adventure if you want to lead a local initiative and come up with a project on this important issue!
Start your journey here with all the dates you need to know:
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|National Student Advisory Council||September 29||October 4|
|Elect Her–Campus Women Win||September 29||October 4|
|Campus Action Projects||October 21||December 3|
No matter which AAUW campus leadership program you choose, you’ll have the opportunity to continue your adventure at the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. All Student Advisory Council members and one student from each Elect Her and Campus Action Project team will attend — all expenses paid!
Applications from AAUW college/university partner member schools get preference during the application process. Check to see if your school is a member. Want more insider tips on how to make your application stand out? Listen to our August 19 conference call on the application process. For more information on any of these programs, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We caught up with former SAC member Kerry Deikmann, who now works at American University as the coordinator of women’s and gender programming and is completing her dissertation on how women define themselves as feminists.
This year, a record number of Elect Her alumnae have gone on to run for student government president, with women running for the top seat at 16 of our 38 sites!
Teams of professors and students at colleges across the country have put their 2012–13 AAUW Campus Action Project (CAP) grants to good use.