Apply for the AAUW Student Advisory Council

2015-15 SAC at NCCWSL

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AAUW encourages college and university students of all ages to apply to serve on the prestigious AAUW National Student Advisory Council (SAC) for the 2015–16 academic year. The 10 students selected as 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 serve as AAUW ambassadors, to take action on their campuses on gender equality, to network with amazing women nationwide, and to attend two leadership events in the Washington, D.C., area.

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Benefits to SAC Members

Members of the SAC

  • Travel, compliments of AAUW, to Washington, D.C., to attend a leadership retreat October 16–18 and to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) in June 2016.
  • During the retreat, students meet AAUW staff and local members, participate in team- and skill-building activities, and develop year-long goals and an action plan.
  • During the conference, SAC members network with 1,000 other student leaders, interact with prominent Women of Distinction honorees, plan networking events, and play an important peer leader role throughout the event.
  • Represent student needs and present ideas to one of the world’s largest women’s organizations.
  • Network with other SAC members and AAUW members — nationally and locally.
  • Improve their leadership skills and make a difference in the lives of other students.
  • Develop marketing, promotional, program-planning, and organizational skills.
  • Take action on AAUW issues that are important to them.
  • Gain résumé-building experience to enhance their employment opportunities and graduate school applications.

Responsibilities of SAC Members

SAC members are expected to join AAUW as e-student affiliates or graduate students to access even more leadership development resources.Serve as a leader for AAUW and on your campus by

  • Attending the weekend leadership retreat in Washington, D.C. There, SAC members develop a year-long action plan and set goals. The 2015 retreat is October 16–18, 2015.
  • Participating in monthly one-hour conference calls with AAUW staff and fellow SAC members
  • Participating in AAUW’s online content strategy
  • Joining online discussions about a range of topics 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 April 2016 Equal Pay Day activities on campus
  • Designing and implementing a project on campus that tackles another AAUW issue
  • Helping to communicate the opportunities offered by AAUW’s Younger Women’s Task Force after graduation

Serve as a leader at the 2016 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) by

  • Participating in the conference planning process
  • Reviewing workshop proposals
  • Promoting and publicizing NCCWSL on your campus and beyond
  • Escorting and introducing Women of Distinction honorees and other renowned speakers
  • Organizing and hosting conference networking activities
  • Providing on-site conference support as peer leaders


Student Advisory Council members must meet the following qualifications:

  • Attend a two- or four-year accredited institution of higher education
  • Demonstrate strong communication, interpersonal, planning, and writing skills
  • Have student leadership experience
  • Understand and be genuinely interested in gender equity issues
  • Have the availability to fulfill the outlined responsibilities
  • Be eager to network and exchange ideas on the one-hour monthly conference calls, via e-mail and social media, and in person at NCCWSL

Important Dates

September 20, 2015 Application materials due by 11:59 p.m. PT.
October 1, 2015 Decision notifications are e-mailed to applicants.
October 10, 2015 Accepted applicants e-mail a signed SAC commitment form to AAUW.
October 16–18, 2015 SAC members attend two-and-a-half-day retreat in Washington, D.C.
June 2016 SAC members attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders in College Park, Maryland.

Application Submission

  • In order for an application to be considered, the following items must be submitted:
    • A completed online application form (see below)
    • A one- to two-page résumé
    • A one-page letter of recommendation written by a former supervisor, professor, or professional colleague
  • All materials, including the letter of recommendation and résumé, must be sent to by 11:59 p.m. PT on September 20, 2015. When sending your materials, please make sure to include your name and the words “National Student Advisory Council” in the subject line. Any application materials received after the deadline will not be considered.

The application period for the National Student Advisory Council is now closed. If you are interested in getting more involved with AAUW on your campus, please e-mail