The Newseum, the Hill, and More: NCCWSL Pre-Conference Tours!
As a college senior, I’ve attended my share of leadership conferences where I gained skills that have already made a huge impact on my professional life. AAUW also understands the importance of skill building; as an AAUW intern working alongside the planning of the 2013 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL), I have continued to develop my professional skills. But nothing gives me greater pleasure than sharing my experiences with others. I get to be there when NCCWSL participants step onto the University of Maryland, College Park, campus to embark on our journey, and I will see them return to their campuses even better leaders than they were when they left.
In addition to offering three days of workshops during NCCWSL, we encourage all participants to get a head start on their experience by participating in our pre-conference options. This year’s skill-building options include A Morning at the Newseum, A Morning on Capitol Hill: Women and Politics, and a trip to the National Museum of Women in the Arts. At the Newseum, students will participate in an interactive workshop on photojournalism ethics led by Newseum staff, exploring questions like whether it is okay to alter photos for publication or publish controversial images. Students interested in careers in advocacy, politics, and policymaking would definitely benefit from the Morning on Capitol Hill tour, which includes a panel discussion with women staffers. With women making many recent political breakthroughs, connecting with women leaders on the hill will not only empower our future politicians but give young women a chance to learn one-on-one about the skills they will need to navigate the male-dominated world of politics. A new addition to our pre-conference tours this year, the National Museum of Women in the Arts will appeal to our artsy students through a fun and educational morning dedicated to celebrating the diverse artistic achievements of women.
Skill-building pre-conference tours explore leadership in areas where women have been traditionally underrepresented and under-celebrated. At NCCWSL, we hope to engage our students in activities that will inspire them to consider the road less traveled by women student leaders.
The best part of it all? NCCWSL students will get their own taste of Washington, D.C., as they explore the city on their tours! With so many options available, it’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss. Space is limited in each of these options so sign up today! And if you haven’t registered for NCCWSL 2013 yet, there’s still time — sign up before our special early-bird rate ends!
This post was written by AAUW Leadership Programs Intern Nzinga Shury.