Student Advisory Council 2009-10
Meet the students from diverse backgrounds and locations who advised AAUW in 2009-10 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.
Mary Alice Brown
Onondaga Community College
Mary Alice is a student at Onondaga Community College, pursuing degrees in Business Administration and Health Information Technology. Recovering from a traumatic assault, she found the college a place to “Explore, Discover and Transform.” Active in student government, she has been elected to be a student representative to the Board of Trustees and to the Onondaga Community College Association. She has been appointed student representative to the Student Disciplinary Committee, and elected to serve as a Community College Representative for the SUNY Student Assembly. Through the SUNY Student Assembly, she has been appointed to be a student representative to the General Education Assessment Review Committee and to the Chancellor’s Group of 200. In the community, she volunteers weekly at a local soup kitchen, Unity Kitchen. She has volunteered for the KEEP screening program of the National Kidney Foundation. At this time, she is a board member of the Peer Networking Group of CNY.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Rachael is a graduate student in Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is focusing on policy and research within the school’s newest specialization in Advocacy, Leadership and Social Change. In 2000, Rachael received her BA in Sociology, also from the University of Illinois, and held leadership positions with the American Civil Liberties Union, Campus for Choice, Amnesty International, and Alternative Spring Break. As a graduate student, she was last year’s president of the Graduate Social Work Association where she organized community volunteer opportunities and recruited students to participate in a statewide advocacy day. Outside of academic pursuits, Rachael is an accomplished violinist, has also served as an AmeriCorps member, and was an NGO delegate with the United Nations Human Rights Council. Upon graduation, Rachael plans to continue her involvement in various women’s issues and human rights advocacy efforts and hopes to work as a policy researcher or strategist.
Pacific Lutheran University
A Montana native, Hannah is currently a sophomore at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She is a double major in both Political Science and Women’s & Gender Studies with a minor in Spanish. Hannah is heavily involved in her campus community. She is a proud and active member of PLU’s cheer team along with volunteering for different organizations across campus. Her passion is dealing with women’s issues. She has been involved with PEACE, Peers Educating and Advocating for Changing Expectations, a group that presents on relationship violence and gender stereotypes. Her freshman year was spent volunteering at PLU’s Women’s Center which afterwards, she was hired as an intern for the 2009-2010 academic year. Through the center, Hannah has had the opportunity to collaborate with other clubs and organizations on campus to put on events such as Love Your Body Day and The Pink Zone which raises money for Breast Cancer research. After graduation, Hannah wants to continue work promoting women’s rights both locally and internationally. Her goal is to work with women in developing countries.
Theresa M. Harrison
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Theresa is a graduate student at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in the Counseling and School Psychology program, emphasis Student Affairs. Her assistantship is with Residential and Greek Life, and she serves as a Residence Hall Director. Currently, she is interning in the Office of Multicultural Affairs and is running a new women’s group Sister to Sister as well as sitting on the steering committee for UNK’s First Annual Women’s Symposium. She is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Psychology, and a minor in Spanish. As an undergraduate, her involvement in Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity as well as being involved in the Johnson City, TN community led her to discover her passion for working with college students and serving the community in which you live.
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Caitlin is a senior seeking a degree in marketing and gender studies at the University of Utah. She currently belongs to the Honor’s Community Leadership Scholars program on campus. In 2006 she worked with the Utah County Children’s Justice Center as a child advocate for a five-year-old girl who had been through an abusive situation. She has also worked as an advocate for the YWCA in Salt Lake City, assisting women in crisis during their time of recovery from domestic violence. She works with her father in a political issue committee he started called the Utah Healthcare Initiative, which works to bring single-payer health reform to the state ballot in 2010.
Jane is a sophomore at Emory University majoring in International Studies and with a minor in Spanish. She was a freshman legislator for Student Government Association. As a member of the L.E.A.D. team, she serves as a mentor and supports emerging leaders on campus. Jane is on the Educational Policy committee that votes on changing educational policies for undergraduate students. She is a PACE (Pre-major Advising Connection at Emory) leader, who advises incoming freshmen before they choose their major. As a part of Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity, she develops leadership, promotes friendship, and provides service to community. She plans to study abroad in England, Argentina, and China, to expand her horizons internationally for women in leadership.
Colette (Lettie) Morgan
Northen Illinois University
Colette is a junior Political Science major and Women’s Studies minor at Northern Illinois University. Colette is the senior student staff member at the Women’s Resource Center, where she designs and implements campus-wide programs focused on gender awareness issues. She helped found and currently serves as the Vice President for Advocates for Choice, a student group that educates college students about reproductive health and rights. Colette also works to support LGBT awareness through her work as an Ally and on the board of an LGBT speaker’s bureau. Colette is also serving her second year as a peer instructor for University 101, an introductory college course for incoming first year students. She completed 60 hours of training to become an Illinois state certified domestic violence/sexual assault advocate and assists with campus-wide training on sexual assault issues. After graduation, Colette hopes to pursue a PhD in Political Science.
College of Saint Rose
Grace is a Junior Social Work major with a minor in Social Justice at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. She founded the first women’s organization on campus: The Women’s Initiative; with the goal of establishing the first Women’s Resource Center on campus. She has participated as a student advocate on the Stop Abuse Against Women Campus Project, a grant initiative to raise awareness about sexual assault. Grace has participated in the campus production “The Vagina Monologues” for the past two years and was a scholarship recipient to the 2009 Omega Women and Power conference. Besides her deep commitment to women’s equity, Grace is an officer in the Saint Rose chapter of Best Buddies (dedicated to creating one-on-one friendships between Saint Rose students and students with intellectual disabilities) and is the treasurer of the Social Work Honor Society, Phi Alpha. Grace hopes to use the skills and knowledge she gains from the AAUW to help further her passion and commitment to the exploration of bringing justice to women’s issues.
Kendra L. Smith
University of Oklahoma
A 2008 graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), Kendra earned her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication and Political Science. While at UCO, Kendra was an extremely active student leader most notably as the president of the organization W.O.M.E.N. (Women of Many Ethnic Nationalities) from 2006-2008. Currently, Kendra is a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma where she is pursuing a Masters in Public Administration with research interests in public policy, race and gender, inequalities, nonprofit management, and education. Kendra works as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in the Office of Community Partnerships & Health Policy. She has also gained valuable professional experience working as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Oklahoma College of Engineering in the Office of Diversity Programs as well as an intern for the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition. Kendra is a proud and active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. where she serves on the International Undergraduate Activities Committee. She is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, the Oklahoma Women in Higher Education planning committee, and, most recently was granted the honor of being selected to be a Pat Tillman Military Scholar.
University of Northern Colorado
Donnae is a Senior Political Science major with a minor in Women’s Studies at the University of Northern Colorado. Before coming to UNC, Donnae attended Northeastern Junior College, where she served as a peer advisor, and member of the NJC Associated Student Senate, literary judge for the campus arts and literature magazine and president of her residence hall. As an undergraduate scholar at UNC, she has completed the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, publishing a paper on youth voting in the 2004 presidential election. She has recently completed and independent study with the UNC Women’s Studies program on identity politics, as well as presenting a paper on Angela Davis’ Women, Race and Class. She is a member of several campus groups, including United Sisters and the Feminist Alliance, and interned for a year at the UNC Women’s Resource Center, where she has organized and planned events and assisted with such events as Take Back the Nights and Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Donnae has served as the campus representative for Campus Progress and Arts and Entertainment editor for the campus newspaper The Mirror. She currently serves as a student assistant at the Women’s Resource Center and on the Committee for Women’s Programming.