6 Empowering Outcomes from Our Student Leadership Conference
The next generation of women leaders gathered at the University of Maryland, College Park, in May to soak up leadership lessons, meet inspiring role models, and network with recruiters, grad school representatives, and each other at the 2015 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL).
We’re happy to share some of the exciting outcomes from the conference, and we want to thank each and every AAUW member and supporter who made it happen. Here’s a look at what we did together.
- We brought together student leaders from almost every state.
Nearly 1,000 students from more than 280 schools and 44 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, and Qatar attended NCCWSL.
- NCCWSL students are ready to lead.
Ninety-two percent of attendees who completed our 2015 survey said that they are more likely to take on a campus leadership role because of their experiences at the conference. And 94 percent said that they would be confident leading others as a result of attending NCCWSL!
- It was a team effort.
Nearly 200 AAUW states, branches, and individual members gave financial support for students to attend. Thanks to you — our members, donors, and supporters — we awarded more national and local scholarships than ever before, giving more than 230 women the opportunity to attend NCCWSL.
- Students explored their future careers.
Nearly 80 universities participated in the fifth annual Graduate School Fair, and 22 companies and organizations were represented at the Career Fair, giving students a look at potential dream jobs and schools.
- AAUW student leaders took the next step in their leadership journey.
- AAUW’s National Student Advisory Council members served as peer leaders throughout the conference. The students also met and introduced the 2015 NCCWSL Women of Distinction during the annual ceremony.
- AAUW’s 11 Campus Action Project (CAP) teams participated in the first-ever CAP preconference. The CAP grantees also presented their efforts at workshops, offering other campus leaders a model for their own projects.
- A student representative from each Elect Her training took part in a special preconference session that allowed them to network with one another, give feedback about the program, and receive special training on fundraising and public speaking.
- We planted seeds for future AAUW communities.
All NCCWSL attendees are now AAUW e-student affiliate members — welcome! We’ll follow up with them in the future about how to get even more involved with AAUW.
There are many ways in which you can make connections with NCCWSL participants and their colleges and universities.
All of the 2015 Women of Distinction awardees had to draw their own blueprints for leadership. Here’s what they had to say.
Each year, AAUW’s campus leadership programs shape the lives of thousands of college women to be the next generation of leaders.