Highlights of AAUW’s First Annual College/University Luncheon!November 19, 2009
“I firmly believe that our partnerships with colleges and universities and our ties with their individual students are the key to the future of this organization and a powerful catalyst for helping female students and graduates become all that they can be.”
–Carol Virostek, AAUW college /university relations committee chair
Last week AAUW held the first annual College/University Luncheon at our national headquarters in Washington, D.C. The event focused on AAUW’s commitment to fostering relationships with colleges and universities in the area and raising awareness regarding college/university partner memberships.
The event began with an inspiring opening from Carol Virostek, AAUW’s college/university relations committee chair. She informed attendees that AAUW uses research to “dispel myths, reveal injustices, provide opportunities, and prompt reform.”
Research, advocacy, philanthropy, and education are the backbone of AAUW’s plan to change the world, and it is a pivotal time for colleges and universities to engage in partner membership in order to build a strong legacy for generations to come. Virostek urged campus representatives to consider becoming partner members because, in these difficult times when we all need opportunities and resources, “we cannot afford not to.”
Carol was followed by three students who each shared their experiences with AAUW’s fellowships and grants and leadership programs. Aeriel Anderson spoke about her former role as a Student Advisory Council member and the invaluable skills she gained by attending the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. Attending the conference gave her the chance to be surrounded by women with similar passions and interests.
Sara Berndt, a doctoral student at the George Washington University, discussed her appreciation for the 2009–10 American Fellowship she received from AAUW. Sara mentioned that, as a doctoral student, it can be extremely difficult to manage basic life necessities. With the help of AAUW, she has been able to better cope with the demands of graduate-level work and the pressures of everyday life.
Amber Boyd, a student at Georgetown University, who received a 2009–10 Career Development Grant, spoke poignantly about her deep appreciation for the resources AAUW has provided her as she pursues her bachelor’s degree.
The event concluded with Cordy Galligan, AAUW director of corporate relationships, who shared the amazing benefits of becoming a college/university partner member. Cordy explained how partner members benefit from AAUW’s long history of awarding fellowships and grants and from our strong voice in Washington advancing education and equity. She discussed a wide array of student opportunities, which include participation in invaluable leadership programs, access to Legal Advocacy Fund Campus Outreach Program grants, and our most recent initiative, free e-student affiliate membership for all full-time undergraduate students enrolled at an AAUW college/university partner.
The College/University Luncheon was an inspiring event that brought together AAUW member leaders and college and university representatives from the D.C. area, to discuss opportunities for involvement with AAUW.
If you would like more information on college/university partner membership, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 800/326-2289.