Apply for the AAUW Student Advisory Council

2015-15 SAC at NCCWSL

Each year 10 students are selected to serve on the National Student Advisory Council (SAC) and become AAUW ambassadors on their campuses. SAC members have the unique opportunity to advise a national women’s organization on the needs of college students, to hone and grow their leadership skills, to network with amazing student leaders and distinguished women nationwide, and to attend two leadership events in the Washington, D.C., area. The application period for the SAC is now closed and will open again in August 2016.

Stay Engaged and Involved with AAUW

Follow what current and past SAC members are up to, attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL), join an AAUW student organization on your campus, or start your own.

Start Preparing to Apply for the 2016–17 SAC

It’s never too early to start preparing to apply. Make sure you update your résumé and make it applicable to the SAC. Consider what meaningful connections you have with faculty, college staff, or community leaders, who can attest to your leadership skills and write a letter of recommendation on your behalf.

Responsibilities of SAC Members

Serve as a leader for AAUW and on your campus by

  • Attending the SAC weekend leadership retreat in Washington, D.C. (expenses paid by AAUW)
  • Participating in monthly conference calls with AAUW staff
  • Joining online discussions with fellow SAC members
  • Marketing AAUW programs on campus
  • Recruiting e-student affiliates and graduate student members on your campus
  • Collaborating with your local AAUW branch and state leadership
  • Organizing Equal Pay Day activities on campus
  • Creating an individual action project that tackles another AAUW issue of interest

Serve as a leader at NCCWSL by

  • Participating in the conference planning process
  • Promoting and publicizing NCCWSL on your campus and beyond
  • Attending NCCWSL (expenses paid by AAUW)
  • Escorting and introducing Women of Distinction honorees and other speakers
  • Organizing and hosting conference networking activities
  • Providing on-site conference support to participants as peer leaders


SAC members must meet the following qualifications:

  • Attend a two- or four-year accredited institution
  • Demonstrate strong communication, interpersonal, planning, and writing skills
  • Possess student leadership experience (on- or off-campus and in your community)
  • Have a basic understanding and interest in women’s equality issues
  • Be eager to network and exchange ideas on the monthly conference calls, via e-mail, Facebook, and in person at the SAC leadership retreat and NCCWSL