AAUW Welcomes 10 New Members to the National Student Advisory Council

October 16, 2014


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Lisa Goodnight

Students will gain career skills through this prestigious leadership program

WASHINGTON — The American Association of University Women (AAUW) today announced the selection of 10 new members to the 2014–15 National Student Advisory Council (SAC), an inspiring group of women who serve as AAUW ambassadors and lead gender equality projects on their campuses.

The newly named SAC members are Maryann Akinboyewa, 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; and Katherine Thomas, Metropolitan State University, Denver.

“Being a member of this important group leads to great things, from meeting trailblazers to gaining valuable, résumé-building experience. Over the next 12 months, the SAC members will hone and grow their leadership skills, network with amazing student leaders, and make an impact on their campuses,” said AAUW Vice President of Campus Leadership Programs Kate Farrar. “We look forward to working with these talented women, who were selected because of their enormous potential and already proven ability.”

In addition to having the unique opportunity to advise AAUW, a leading national women’s organization, on the needs of college students, SAC members will help plan and implement the annual National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, which will be held May 28–30, 2015, at the University of Maryland, College Park. SAC members serve as peer leaders at the conference, host prominent Women of Distinction honorees, and lead networking sessions.

The new SAC members will gather in Washington, D.C., next week for a leadership retreat to learn more about how they can help communicate and support AAUW’s mission to other students, design a yearlong leadership development plan, and create strategies for how to take action on their campuses and in their communities.

Lisa Goodnight By:   |   October 16, 2014