Student Advisory Council 2011-12
Meet the ten college students of the 2011-12 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.
Claremont McKenna College
Samantha is a junior Government and Gender and Women’s Studies dual major at Claremont McKenna College. In her sophomore year, Samantha reactivated Claremont McKenna’s Women’s Forum. As President, she spearheads the planning of events focused on the campus’s gender climate and ending gender and other forms of discrimination. Samantha credits her close relationship with her disabled sister as the driving factor in her activist work and her interest in promoting the rights of the disenfranchised. She plans on attaining a Master’s degree and ultimately working at a non-profit that promotes women’s rights.
Samantha is sponsored by the Mooneen Lecce Giving Circle.
Caroline G. Adams
Clark Atlanta University
Caroline is a second year graduate student at Clark Atlanta University pursuing a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Previously she has served as the Graduate Student Representative for the School of Education and the Executive Secretary of the Educational Leadership Student Association. Caroline is a member of Alpha Epsilon Lambda and Pi Delta Kappa honor societies and currently volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta and the National Urban League Young Professionals. Additionally, she works as an education policy intern at Southern Regional Education Board conducting research and data analysis. A native of Milwaukee, WI, Caroline holds her B.A. in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University. Professionally, Caroline has worked as a lobbyist for students in higher education around access and affordability. However, her true passion is developing culturally sensitive policies for students in K-12 public school systems. Upon completion of her master’s program, Caroline plans to pursue a doctorate in educational policy and leadership.
Joy Marie Agee
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Joy is a scientist in training in the PhD Program for Biotechnology, Science, and Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, a Gates Millennium Scholar, and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society. She received her Master’s degree in Molecular Biology from UA Huntsville and her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Spelman College. Joy serves as President of the UA Huntsville Minority Graduate Student Association, where she assists in the planning and implementation of academic workshops aimed at enhancing the professional development of her peers. She also serves as a mentor to minority undergraduates matriculating in STEM subjects, and teaches basic biology experiments to students at local high schools.
Joy is sponsored by Ruth and John Jurenko.
Saint Mary’s College
Notre Dame, IN
Laura is in her junior year at St. Mary’s College, and she is majoring in English, writing, and women’s studies. She has studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea, at Ewha Womans University, the largest women’s university in the world. She also represented Ewha as a Global Campus Leader. Laura serves on the Residence Hall Association Student Government Board at St. Mary’s and is currently a resident adviser. She also teaches a creative expression class once a week at a homeless center in South Bend, Indiana. After finishing her degree, Laura plans to apply for an international graduate school program.
University of Illinois at Springfield
Caitlin Crane is a junior at the University of Illinois at Springfield, majoring in Management Information Systems and minoring in English. She is the current Chair of the Women’s Issues Caucus on her campus and recently initiated a partnership with her local AAUW branch. Caitlin has worked to organize a relief trip to Joplin, Missouri, a town recently impacted by a F5 tornado. Her other campus activities have included her role as a mentor in the Capitol Scholars Honors Program and Leadership for Life Programs. Caitlin currently works as an office assistant at the UIS Office of Student Life, and will begin an internship at the Illinois State Museum’s Library this spring. After graduation, Caitlin hopes to earn a graduate degree in Library Science, and share her love of reading through a career as a librarian.
Caitlin is sponsored by Loryann Eis.
Pacific Lutheran University
Katie is a senior pursuing dual Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Women’s & Gender Studies at Pacific Lutheran University. Last year, Katie worked as an advocate with Stirring the Fire, a global initiative to empower women and girls based in Mercer Island, Washington. She organized and facilitated weekly round table discussions on her campus concerning topics such as education, economic security, health, leadership, human trafficking, and violence against women. While studying abroad in Norway, Katie also worked with the Nansen Dialogue & Peace Center in Lillehammer. Currently, Katie is co-leader of the Feminist Student Union, a member of the Sexual Assault Peer Education Team, and a producer of the February production of The Vagina Monologues. Katie plans to pursue a master’s degree in International Development Studies with an emphasis on gender relations.
Wilsar F. Johnson
Georgian Court University
Wilsar is a senior studying Sociology and Biology in Georgian Court University. She is the Executive Board President of the Student Government Association and the past President of the Black Student Union on campus. Wilsar also serves as the Vice President of the Theater Club and is a member of the Peer Advisory Board for the Woman In Leadership Development program (WILD). She was also the co-founder of the Poetry Club on campus. Originally from Freetown, Sierra Leone, Wilsar came to the United States when she was ten years old and is largely shaped by her experiences during the Civil War of 1998. She is passionate about politics and her primary goal is to run for office and help change the world.
Ellen Thuy Le
Ellen Thuy Le is a junior studying Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. She became involved with AAUW at 12 when she was selected to attend Tech Trek, a science camp for girls, at Stanford University. Ellen was so inspired by the incredible, brilliant, and successful women at the camp that she returned as a Junior Counselor, Senior Counselor, and ultimately as a speaker during subsequent years. At Stanford, Ellen serves as the Financial Manager and sings as a Soprano for the Stanford Harmonics, an internationally acclaimed rock a cappella group. She is also active in her sorority, Sigma Psi Zeta Inc, an Asian-interest sorority whose philanthropic goal is to fight domestic abuse and violence against women. She currently serves as the Alumni Chair and Internal Social Chair.
Regis University, Denver Colorado
Loretto Heights School of Nursing
Maria is a junior in the BSN program at Regis University’s Loretto Heights School of Nursing and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa national honor society. She coordinated and managed volunteer fundraising events for different arts organizations, managed a volunteer dance event for the Boulder community for nine years, and raised four children before deciding to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. Maria tutors fellow students and is Senator for the Regis Student Nurse Association (RSNA). As a RSNA senator, Maria acts as a liaison between the school and nursing community. She also fundraises and advocates for Safehouse Denver, which serves victims of domestic violence and their children. Maria has a passion for changing the portrayal of women in the media.
Odunola ‘Ola’ Ojewumi
University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, MD
Ola is a junior majoring in Government & Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. At the age of 12, Ola received a heart and kidney transplant that almost took her life. After surviving, she decided to devote her time and energy into helping others and giving back. In 2009, she founded Sacred Heart’s Children’s Transplant Foundation, which raises awareness about organ donation registry. Ola completed an internship at The White House where she hosted a briefing on the importance of youth mentorship in low-income communities and published an article entitled, ‘Advancing the Lives of Young Women Through Mentorship’. Ola’s charitable efforts are propelled by the belief that of one person can spark a flame that will eventually change the way people think, act, and compel others to take action.
Ola is sponsored by Janet and Theodore Crampton.