Next Steps for CGI U Attendees

Women learn leadership skills at NCCWSL.
April 05, 2013

Nearly 1,200 students will gather this weekend to discuss and develop innovative solutions to global challenges at the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U). Held at Washington University, St. Louis, the three-day program teaches attendees new skills to make a difference in CGI U’s five focus areas: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health. Gender intersects with every one of these areas. As a sponsor, AAUW offers many resources to our affiliated student leaders — and to our wider membership — to build on their CGI U commitments, including

Women pose for a picture at NCCWSL.

Women at NCCWSL attend workshops to learn skills that they can bring back to their colleges and communities.

Community Action Grants fund research projects that promote education and equality for women and girls. Another option, Campus Action Project Grants offer students the chance to make a difference in their community. One Dakota State University group used their grant for a drama and digital storytelling program to start discussions about sexual harassment with eighth-graders last year. This year their team will join nine other campus groups receiving grants of up to $5,000 to implement projects based on recommendations from AAUW’s 2012 research report on the gender pay gap among college graduates.

But these opportunities aren’t just for AAUW student members: Our Campus Outreach Grants are open to regular and student members and supply up to $750 in funding for events aimed at educating students about unfair pay, sexual harassment and assault, pregnancy discrimination, or Title IX violations.

With so many AAUW resources available, it can be overwhelming to take that first step. One of the quickest ways to get started is to join our community. Full-time undergraduate students at all AAUW college/university partner member institutions can join for free as e-student affiliates. Graduate students at any institution may join AAUW at a special rate of $18.81. We look forward to hearing about all the great things the young women at CGI U will be doing this weekend, and to taking the next steps toward empowering women and girls.