National Student Advisory Council

Exceptional Women Making Change on Campus


From October through June, the members of the National Student Advisory Council (SAC) serve as AAUW ambassadors, advise AAUW staff on the needs of college students, and lead gender equality projects on their campuses. SAC members also help plan AAUW and NASPA’s annual National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL).

An Amazing Leadership Opportunity for Students

Serving on the SAC provides college women with many opportunities to represent the voices of students, develop as leaders, network, and gain valuable, résumé-building experience. SAC members gain mentors and learn how to mentor others. They learn how to apply their strengths toward individual and team projects. They learn about gender issues and hobnob with powerful women at the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. Through these experiences, they gain leadership skills and find a community within AAUW.

The 2014–15 SAC: Empowered Women Paying It Forward

Maryann Akinboyew
Syracuse University

Cindy Chen
University of Utah

Shannon Cholakian
California State University, Long Beach

Laura Hernandez
Florida International University

Rickelle Mason
University of North Carolina, Charlotte

Helen “Nellie” Moran
Pacific Lutheran University

Lisa Joy Ohnstad
University of Wyoming

Jessica Ou
University of California, Berkeley

Dana Smith
Purdue University

Kate Thomas
Metropolitan State University, Denver

Want to join the ranks of these exceptional college women?

Apply this summer for the opportunities and prestige of the SAC. Read over these tips to help prepare your 2015–16 application.

Want to start an AAUW state student advisory council?

E-mail leadership@aauw.org for more information and resources, including sample position descriptions and applications.

Former Student Advisory Council Members

Former SAC members have gone on to achieve amazing accomplishments: from working on Capitol Hill to creating their own nonprofits. Read about the women who have joined the team since 2008 »