Student Advisory Council 2012-13

Meet the ten college students of the 2012-13 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.

Nanci Alanis

University of Illinois, Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Nanci is a junior majoring in psychology at University of Illinois, Chicago. Nancy transferred from Elgin Community College where she was president of the Student Government Association and Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Nanci helped to establish the first back-to-school supply drive at Elgin Community College. Since the start of the drive, students have given out over 2,000 backpacks to families in the community. Nanci is an honors student at the University of Illinois, Chicago and was an honors student while at Elgin Community College. She is passionate about the representation of Latinas in higher education.

Maureen Evans Arthurs

University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Baltimore, MD

Maureen Evans Arthurs is a senior majoring in gender and women’s studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is the project manager for her university’s Women Involved in Learning and Leadership (WILL) program and also serves on the gender and women’s studies coordinating committee. Maureen previously served as the Campaigns and Advocacy Director at A Thousand Sisters, a volunteer organization that galvanizes women across the world to become extraordinary leaders in their communities to help bring attention to the devastating violence and human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She also helped launch the program, Sister Somalia, which established the first rape crisis center in Mogadishu and supports survivors of gender based violence. Maureen was previously an intern in the Development Department at AAUW national and is looking forward to furthering the cause of AAUW yet again.

Maureen is generously sponsored by Eileen Menton.

Maybellin Burgos

University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina

Maybellin Burgos is a junior majoring in computer science at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She is president of both the Association of Computing Machinery for Women and Students and Technology in Academia, Research and Service (STARS) student organization on her campus. Maybellin has been a student partner for Microsoft and a teaching assistant at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She has worked with her student organizations to create workshops for local middle schools. She hopes to bring more attention to women in computing on campus and in her state. Maybellin is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and two other honor societies.

Kelly Kay Clark

University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas

Kelly Kay Clark is a graduate student studying higher education administration at the University of Kansas. She is the Assistant Complex Director of the only all-female hall on campus and is focusing on helping her residents develop their own identity as women. She completed her undergraduate degree in environmental studies at Texas A&M University where she served as Panhellenic Council president. Kelly Kay is passionate about gender roles and how it translates to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) community.

Bethany Imondi

Georgetown University
Washington, D.C.

Bethany Imondi is a senior majoring in government and English at Georgetown University. She is president of the Women in Politics student organization and is the co-editor-in-chief to the university yearbook. Bethany is a new media intern for Emily’s List and a student office assistant in the MBA program office at Georgetown University. She had previously interned at Holland and Knight and for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. As one of 16 students in the Georgetown University Government Honors program, Bethany is preparing a thesis that researches the impact that the media’s portrayal of female politicians has on the gender gap in political representation.

Bethany is generously sponsored by Dagmar E. McGill,
in memory of Happy Fernandez and Helen F. Faust.

Natasha Mercado

Bellevue College
Bellevue, Washington

Natasha Mercado is a sophomore majoring in radiology technology at Bellevue College. She designed a student club at Bellevue College to support women entering the science and health care fields. Through her organization, Natasha has conducted small-group sessions to discuss professional opportunities and has facilitated guest speaker appearances from a local hospital. She volunteers in the M.R.I. department at a local hospital. During her first year of college, Natasha coordinated a project with the Central Area Youth Association to help rebuild and replace old play equipment with newer, safer equipment at Powell Barnett Park. Her aspirations include expanding her organization to middle school girls within the community and founding a nonprofit organization that can provide young girls with mentors as well as resources to higher education and academic advising. She plans to one day pursue a master’s degree in interventional radiology.

Huong Nguyen

Washington and Jefferson College
Washington, Pennsylvania

Huong Nguyen is a junior majoring in psychology at Washington and Jefferson College. She is president and founding member of the Diversity Programming Board and is a Resident Assistant in a first-year hall. She was the secretary of the Black Student Union and is president and founding member of the Diversity Programming Board. As programs assistant for the Office of Diversity Programs and Multicultural Affairs, Huong has helped to organize events like V-Day, Sexual Assault Awareness Week, Domestic Violence Awareness Week, and training for officers of multicultural student groups. She is a first generation high school graduate and college student in her family.

Taaj Reaves

University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri

Taaj Reaves is a senior majoring in journalism and political science at the University of Missouri. She is president of the AAUW student organization at the University of Missouri. Taaj also serves as a Leadership Advisor and Study Abroad Student Manager on campus. She is from Chicago and spent a summer interning in the city with A. Lavelle Consulting Services. Taaj is an honors college student, a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, and has studied abroad in India. Taaj hopes to attend Law School and plans on participating in the Peace Corps upon graduation.

Taaj is generously sponsored by Loryann Eis.

Benita Robinson

University of Michigan, Dearborn
Dearborn, Michigan

Benita Robinson is a junior majoring in computer science and sociology at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. She is a founder of the AAUW student organization on her campus and is student coordinator for the university’s Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL) program. The University of Michigan, Dearborn named her a Difference Maker in 2012. She is the recipient of several scholarships including the Edward Bagale Difference Makers Scholarship, the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Laptop Scholarship, and the Center for Education of Women, Ann Arbor, scholarship. She is an active volunteer in the city of Detroit.

Samaura Stone

Portland State University
Portland, Oregon

Samaura Stone is a graduate student studying social work at Portland State University. She has past experience with political campaigns and currently works as a community liaison in a senate office. Samaura is the Vice Chair of the Oregon Commission on Black Affairs and has been a Multnomah County child advocate for several years. She earned a bachelor’s in social and behavioral studies from George Fox University and an associate’s in general studies from Mt. Hood Community College. Samaura is passionate about the lack of young women exposed to leadership opportunities and knowledge of STEM careers.

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