Student Advisory Council 2010-11

Meet the ten college students of the 2010-11 Student Advisory Council (SAC) who advise AAUW 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.

Learn more about the SAC.

Chanel Beebe

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI

Chanel is an Industrial Operations Engineering Sophomore at the University of Michigan and a Gates Millennium and Rogel Scholar. She works with numerous organizations that outreach to students in urban areas, including Project Inspire where she travels to Inner-City Detroit (her hometown) to speak to student about their options after high school. She is a peer mentor for incoming students at the University of Michigan. She is also heavily involved in the National Society of Black Engineers and serves as the Treasurer of a campus Bible Study called “Women of Proverbs.” Further, she is the Co-President of her dormitory’s Multicultural Council where she puts on events educating the dorm about the different cultures present and encourages intercultural dialogue. Her ultimate goal in life is to start a nonprofit that encourages young girls to push past social and financial barriers to achieve their goals.

Lisa Blanchard

University of Alabama, Huntsville
Huntsville, AL

Lisa is currently a Doctoral student at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville). She is the community service coordinator and past secretary of the Minority Graduate Student Association. Lisa mentors undergraduate students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. In 2010, Lisa initiated the leadership confernece “Ignite the Leader Within”, for minority students. She also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, the Angel Food Network and UAHuntsville’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. She is currently serving her second term as the secretary of the Tennessee Valley chapter of the American Society for Engineering Management. She is also the Vice-President of the Caribbean Student Association on campus. Lisa is a member of the National Black Graduate Student Association and the Region III Academic Excellence Committee for the National Society for Black Engineers. Lisa received her MSE from UAHuntsville in Industrial and Systems Engineering, focusing in Engineering Management. She holds a B.S. from Midwestern State University where she received the President’s Medal of Honor for the College of Science and Mathematics.

Anita Botello-Santoyo

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Anita is a junior at UC Berkeley majoring in History and minoring in Gender and Women’s Studies. She received associate degrees in Social Behavior and Science and Humanities from Mount San Jacinto College. She was a mentor for marticulation and outreach at Mount San Jacinto and recevied a Mentor of the Year award in 2009. Anita is an AAUW member who served as the vice president and then president of the Mount San Jacinto College student affiliate group. During her term as president she organized food drives to benefit a women’s shelter in the area and helped coordinate club events and fundraisers. Currently she is working with the V-Day organization at UC Berkeley as a crew member to help organize the February production of The Vagina Monologues. With her education she hopes to shed light on the condition of women everywhere and through this help make communities better.

Elizabeth (Liz) Brown

University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY

Liz is currently a student at the University of Wyoming (UW), seeking a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She is a member of the UW Honors Program. At UW Liz currently serves as the student government vice president, where she leads the legislative branch, chairs and serves on a variety of internal and external universities and boards, and represents UW at a variety of campus and statewide events. Liz is also currently active with her sorority, where she serves as the Vice President of Public Relations, Iron Skull campus honorary, Pi Sigma Alpha, and works as a UW Student Ambassador for prospective students. Liz is highly active in the university community, and was recently recognized as a top student contributor as a UW Gold recipient.

Catherine (Cat) Cleary

Saint Mary’s College
Notre Dame, IN

Catherine is a junior at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, pursuing a Women’s Studies major and Spanish minor. Catherine created a “Girl Power” workshop at a South Bend elementary school to encourage love of science among third and fourth grade girls. She organized a drive to collect feminine hygiene products for offenders at the Indiana Women’s Prison. Catherine has participated in and helped facilitate several alternative spring break trips focusing on issues of women in poverty. This past summer Catherine interned in the special needs ward of the Indiana Women’s Prison; in spring, 2011 she will intern with the League of Women Voters. She also is a Resident Advisor, serves on the Student Advisory Board for the Belles Against Violence Office, and serves as Vice President of the Saint Mary’s College Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA). Catherine plans to pursue a dual-degree JD/PhD program. Her life goal is to be an advocate for women through work in politics or public policy.

Kerry Diekmann

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato, MN

Kerry is pursing her Doctorate of Education in the Counseling and Student Personnel department at Minnesota State University, Mankato. In addition, she holds a graduate assistantship in the Women’s Center as the Program Coordinator, where she develops and implements educational programming for the campus community. In this position, she particularly enjoys advising the Women of Action Committee student group and planning the Women’s Student Leadership Conference at her campus. Kerry has a strong interest in advocacy and social justice. One area in which she is very passionate is LGBT rights, and is proud to be an ally. While she works for women’s equality overall, Kerry is especially interested in the impact of societal expectations on women’s personal and professional development.

Josefina Ibarra

Texas State University
San Marcos, TX

Josefina Ibarra is a senior at Texas State University. She is currently working on a bachelor of arts in political science with a minor in business administration. Josefina has worked closely with the Texas Department of Transportation, Guadalupe County Commissioners, various media outlets, Texas State and Texas Lutheran Universities in a campaign she lead aimed at safety improvements to a Texas state highway. During this process, she worked with various organizations on campus and now holds the position of vice president of the Latino Student Association at Texas State University. She was also a participant of the Institute for Leadership Education and Development 2010 conference at Northern Kentucky University and is a 2010 HSC Scholar. Josefina is currently interning at a congressional office in Washington DC, and she plans to pursue a dual degree with a master’s in public affairs and law.

Abigail Lemay

Stetson University
DeLand, FL

Abby Lemay is a senior at Stetson University majoring in Sociology and American Studies with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. In her junior year, Abby founded Stetson’s National Organization for Women campus affiliate. She is an active member of the Organization for Students Actively Pursuing Equality, Kaleidoscope (Stetson’s gay-straight alliance), and she also serves on the Gender Equity Council and Women and Gender Studies committee. Her passion for women’s issues is rooted in ending violence against women and actively seeking pay equity. As a freshmen, she helped to raise money for the Daytona Beach Domestic Abuse council through her participation in The Vagina Monologues, and for the past two years has produced and directed the show. Last April, she worked closely with several student organizations to organize DeLand’s first “Equal Pay Day”, in which 5 local businesses offered discounts to women based on the wage gap to bring awareness to her community about economic disparities women face in the workplace. After graduation, Abby hopes to pursue a career in community organizing, and ultimately obtain a PhD.

Chiedza Christine Mufunde

Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA

Chiedza is a Mount Holyoke student from Zimbabwe pursuing a degree in Psychology. Her interests include women’s leadership, education studies, education psychology, organizational behavior, peer mentoring and teaching. Chiedza’s work with Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) in Zimbabwe as a trainings co-coordinator working with young women in rural Zimbabwe on business skills, community health education and leadership greatly shaped her passion for women’s issues in Africa and beyond. She plans to eventually go to School of Social Work and further her studies in education, teaching and community organization. At Mount Holyoke, Chiedza works as a peer mentor with the Speaking, Arguing and Writing Program and works with students on speaking and writing projects. She is also an active participant in the college’s orientation program and is a committee member of the International Students Orientation Committee and the Mount Holyoke African and Caribbean Student Association.

Meghan Wallace

University of Delaware
Newark, DE

Meghan is a senior Political Science and Women’s Studies double major, minoring in Sexualities and Gender Studies at the University of Delaware. Meghan serves as the president of Students Acting for Gender Equity (SAGE). A survivor of sexual assault, Meghan volunteers as an advocate for the Sexual Offense Support at the University of Delaware, a 24-hour crisis hotline for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault that also promotes and organizes peer-to-peer education on those issues. Additionally, Meghan is an Ally for gay and lesbian students on her campus, is a member of the Council of Student Leaders, and is currently founding a student organization called Women in Politics, the first organization of its kind on her campus. She volunteers for the Network to Encourage Women’s Support for Women and is currently interning on a congressional campaign in Delaware. After graduation Meghan hopes to become an educator with Teach for America and aspires to attend law school.

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