Student Advisory Council 2007-08
Meet the students from diverse backgrounds and locations who advised AAUW in 2007-08 about student programs, work to improve equality for women on their campuses, and help lead various programs at the annual National Conference for College Women Student Leaders.
University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, MD
Aeriel is a full-time graduate student at the University of Maryland with a part-time assistantship in Community Service-Learning in the U of M Student Union. This summer she will be an apprentice to the Vice President of Student Life at American University, working specifically with New Student Programs and Multicultural Affairs. She graduated from the University of Minnesota in May 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in strategic communications, and double minor in business management and political science. She was involved in a number of leadership experiences as an undergraduate including her sorority, the Tom Burnett Advanced Leadership Program, and the University’s Orientation and First-Year Programs Office.
University of California, Berkeley
Junei is a 4th Year Legal Studies Major in UC Berkeley. She has managed marketing/publicity for the campus club “Bears for UNICEF”. The goals of the club are to raise funds for and spread awareness about UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) with fundraiser activities and community outreach programs. She was active in coordinating with other campus clubs to create more successful events for UNICEF. She is a former intern at Wider Opportunities for Women in Washington, D.C.
Lenore is a sophomore at Bucknell University majoring in East Asian Studies. She is very active in campus activities related to women’s equality, including a weekly feminist column in her university newspaper, past involvement in V-day, and her position as a student event coordinator at Bucknell’s Women’s Resource Center. Lenore most recently helped to create a mentorship program at Bucknell, where university students and professors in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) introduced girls ages 9-12 to their fields as part of an AAUW Campus Action Projects grant. She is a former intern at the American Association of University Women in Washington D.C.
Tsega is a Political Science major with a minor in Religious Studies at Gonzaga University. While holding a position as Program Coordinator in the Black Student Union, some of the events she has managed include the Annual Black History Month Dinner, and numerous dances and fundraisers throughout the year. She enjoys getting involved with the local youth, whether it’s volunteering at Libby Teen Center or contributing to programs such as First in My Family, and Gonzaga University’s GEL weekend. She is currently interning with the Spokane Prosecutors office.
Ilaria is currently attending Gonzaga University and plans to major in Business Marketing and Public Relations. Beginning her first week on campus, she initiated the creation of an International Movie night on campus. She is involved in the Black Student Union. Ilaria recently began a Catalyst group (Bible Study) on her block. She has also been involved in Street Team for the Gonzaga Student Activities Board, which is responsible for bringing musical concerts to campus. She is anxious for the next three years and plans to change the surface of Gonzaga one step at a time.
Washington State University
DaVina is currently a doctoral student at Washington State University (WSU) in the College of Education. She is also taking courses at Gonzaga University in the doctoral program in Leadership Studies. Her research focus is on ‘living two lives’, mentoring, and the ability of low-income African-American females to break the glass ceiling in education. In 2004, DaVina became the first African-American female president of Washington State University Graduate Professional Student Association. She is also the past vice president of the National Association for Graduate and Professional Students (NAGPS), based in Washington, D.C. Currently she serves as the Younger Member Representative for the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Board for the state of Washington and was a member of AAUW Student Advisory Council for 2007-2008. DaVina is currently a participant in the Community Colleges of Spokane Future Faculty of Color Intern Program, based out of Spokane, Washington. She volunteers in the local community speaking to and motivating young disadvantaged girls as. She is currently in the process of setting up a mentoring program (based on trust, honor and respect) that will allow college students to mentor and be mentored by low-income high school students. DaVina is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Spokane Chapter of the LINKS, Inc. She is the mother of a five year old son, Caleb and married to Floyd.
Northern Michigan University
Amanda will be graduating this May with a BS in English and a minor in journalism. On campus she’s been involved in the Student Leader Fellowship Program and Superior Edge. Currently she is a TA for a freshman probation class and spends a lot of time mentoring her students on leadership skills. She has also spent time during college volunteering in the Marquette community with a range of local organizations. Her next step will be pursuing a M.S in Higher Education Administration.
Tina is a second year Masters student in a Community and School Counseling program. She attended Northwestern University for her undergraduate studies. Identity development and education are my two main interests that she is researching for her thesis. She works as a graduate assistant in the Office of Multi-cultural Student Affairs, where many of my responsibilities focus on encouraging students to pursue graduate school. She is currently the President-Elect for Chi Sigma Iota, the Graduate Counseling Honorary Society and serves as the newsletter editor for the DePaul Black Leadership Coalition. In addition to those formal campus activities, she organized a Women’s Group that meets once a month to discuss issues that affect women and practical ways that we can bring about positive change in our own lives and that of our communities.