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’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 leadership skills, network, and gain valuable, résumé-building experiences. 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 NCCWSL. Through these experiences, they gain leadership skills and find a community within AAUW.

The 2015–16 SAC: Empowered Women
Paying It Forward

Our Student Advisory Council Alum

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 »

Here’s what they have to say about their experience:

“I am so grateful to have had this opportunity and it has absolutely changed my life! I have gained so much confidence both as a leader and as a woman. I also feel like I’ve gained a community of like-minded people who I hope to keep in touch with.”

Kate Thomas, Metropolitan
State University, Denver

“I will treasure this experience for the rest of my life.”

Joy Ohnstad,
University of Wyoming

“I want you to know how incredibly thankful that I am for the opportunity to have served on the council! I loved every minute of it and really felt like I grew tremendously as a person and leader!”

Nellie Moran, Pacific
Lutheran University

“I am a better leader because of the Student Advisory Council, and have made lifelong friends from it.”

Shannon Cholakian, California
State University, Long Beach

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.

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