Student Advisory Council 2008-09
Meet the Student Advisory Council students from diverse backgrounds and locations who advised AAUW in 2008-09 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.
Washington and Jefferson College
Brittany is a senior Cell and Molecular Biology major at Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania. She has served as both Treasurer and Vice President of GIVE (Get Involved in Volunteer Experience), a community service organization at her school. With GIVE, Brittany has participated in two Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenges, in which she spent her spring breaks in Florida building houses. Brittany was the recipient of her school’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award in 2008. Last summer, she participated in the Paul W. Zuccaire Internship program, in which spent ten weeks at the Institut Pasteur in Paris conducting immunological research. Brittany is currently co-captain of the W&J Women’s Track and Field team, and has helped her team win two consecutive conference championships. She is also currently Vice-President of her school’s chapter of Phi Sigma National Biological Sciences Honor Society. This fall, she will be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and best known honor society. After graduation, Brittany plans to complete a year of service with the Americorps VISTA program before attending graduate school for biomedical research. She hopes to take the skills she learns from the AAUW SAC to her graduate studies, in order to help eliminate discrimination against women in the sciences.
Agnes Scott College
Meg is a junior at Agnes Scott College majoring in Women’s Studies, Sociology and Anthropology with a minor in History. She has been the president of her class since her first year and is an active member of many campus organizations dealing with LGBTQ activism, women’s rights, and international justice. As chair of the campus Programming Board’s Community Service Committee, Meg instituted a biannual “benefit bingo” night to raise funds for a local homeless shelter for women and children, and as chair of the Inter-Organizational Council, she developed a yearly campus-wide community service initiative, which last year focused on homelessness and poverty in the city of Atlanta. Most recently, she founded the Campus Coalition to Stop Sex Trafficking, a group which works to foster intra- and inter-campus bonds between students who seek volunteer and activism opportunities around the issue of sexual exploitation.
Frances is a junior at Georgetown University, in Washington, DC, majoring in Culture and Politics, with a focus on how race, religion, and politics affect women’s identity. She is a leading activist in the United Feminists organization on campus and has recently been chosen as a Women Advancing Gender Equity fellow by Georgetown women alumni. She currently works at the Women’s Center as a Program Assistant to develop events and dialogue among women on campus and in the area that focus on the obstacles women face to this day. She also serves as a commissioner on the Student Activities Commission, which handles the majority of the student organizations on campus and the events that each hosts. Frances served as a facilitator for “RU Ready?” this Fall which is a forum that discusses sexual assault on campus. As a Latina female seeking a higher education, she was an active board member of MEChA her freshman and sophomore years, as a Historian and East Coast Chicano Student Forum Representative, respectively. She was chosen to be the Communications co-chair of the Diversity Action Council that promotes diversity on the levels of education, social justice, and programming. After graduating from Georgetown with a Bachelor in Foreign Service, she hopes to pursue a Master’s in Public Policy and International Affairs, focusing on women and gender issues.
South Dakota State University
Catherine is a junior double majoring in English and Spanish. In 2006 and 2008 she’s worked for the Feminist Majority Foundation as a campaign organizer and coordinator and she was a speaker and delegate to the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Regional and National Young Women’s Leadership Conference. She serves as the president of the Campus Women’s Coalition and works as a student writer and Spanish tutor.
Illinois State University
Tammy is currently a graduate student at Illinois State University in the College Student Personnel Administration Program. Her assistantship is with University Housing Services, and she is an Assistant Residence Hall Coordinator. Currently, she is one of the professional development chairs for the College Student Personnel Administration Group, and a site facilitator for the Alternative Spring Break Program. She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Government. As an undergraduate, her involvement in Residence Life, Alcohol and Drug Peer Education, Voices Against Violence, and community outreach led her to discover her passion for learning and educating others.
Northwest Vista College
San Antonio, TX
Debborah is a nontraditional student majoring in history. She established the first history club at Northwest Vista College and organized various Black and Women’s History Month events, including the dedication to Sojourner Truth, and helped coordinate tributes to veterans in San Antonio on Veteran’s Day. Debborah is involved with the Model Organization of American States and has represented Northwest Vista College at several conventions and conferences, including one in Mexico.
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Pamela is a non-traditional student who has returned to college as a means to becoming self-sufficient. She is a single parent with three children and one grandchild. She is a senior at the University of Hawaii at Manoa majoring in Family Resources and working towards a certificate in Women’s studies. Pamela is currently a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron, the national honor society for members of Family and Consumer Sciences. She is a TA for a Women’s Studies course; WS175 History of Gender, Sex, and Sexuality in Global Perspectives to 1500 CE. She is passionate about introducing low-income and transitional women into the possibilities of self-sufficiency through higher education. Pamela has presented workshops on successful scholarship attainment for women and low-income students. She is active in recruiting students to UH Manoa’s Student Support Services which provides services for first-generation college students and low-income college students. She stays connected to women’s events on campus by being a volunteer at the UH Manoa Women’s Center. Each year the Women’s Center sponsors special events related to women’s issues, including: Women’s History Month (March), Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April), Women’s Health Month (September), and Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October).
Ashlee T. Oliver
Ashlee is a sophomore at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. She is majoring in Gender and Women’s Studies and Biology with a minor in Economics. She is currently the Co-Vice President for the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance and Academic Policy Member At-Large at Hollins University. She serves as a Planned Parenthood member and advocate, Black Student Alliance member, and secretary for her residence hall. After graduating from Hollins University, she plans to attend the University of Rochester for Medicine and Dentistry and complete her residency at the John Hopkins Hospital, specializing in Rheumatology.
Taqwaa Falaq Saleem
Georgia Southern University
Savannah, Georgia, native Taqwaa is a graduate student at Georgia Southern University and plans to become an administrator in higher education. Heavily involved on campus, some of Saleem’s current projects include being a teaching assistant and helping create an English Graduate Student Handbook. Saleem is a proud and active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In her community, Saleem serves as the senior graduate advisor to the Chatham County Youth Commission and is active in her church, Berean Bible Chapel. She is also a legal intern at the Law Office of Lester B. Johnson, III, P.C. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of Savannah State University (SSU), Saleem was a Presidential Scholar. As a Schomburg-Mellon Scholar, she worked at the Schomburg-Mellon Summer Humanities Institute at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City. At SSU, Saleem served as organizer, a charter member, and president of the SSU Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. She was the president of the Kappa Lambda Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English and Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Societies. Saleem also served as the student assistant in the Office of the President at Savannah State University.
Sabrina D. Stewart
A proud native of Hamilton, New Jersey, Sabrina is a Junior Mass Communications major with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism and Sound Production coupled with a minor in Business Administration at the illustrious Claflin University, in Orangeburg, SC. Sabrina has been awarded with a four-year full academic scholarship within the Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College at Claflin University. While maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.8, she serves as President of the C.U. Chapter of the Audio Engineering Society, President of the Claflin University Theatre Ensemble, and she has served as Vice-President of Broadcast Journalism of the Mass Communications Society. She is also greatly instrumental with the WCUR and WCUT campus radio and television stations. She is also a Ronal E. McNair Scholar of the national recognized Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement program. Upon graduating from Claflin University, she plans to attend graduate school to attain her Master’s in Business Administration as well as in Liberal Arts. She is working towards a career in the media industry hopes to establish her own TV network dedicated to the positive portrayal of our youth, with a goal of changing the face of today’s high-risk generation.