Call for Applicants: AAUW National Student Advisory Council
Passionate about women’s equity?! AAUW is looking for 10 students with leadership experience — and potential — to serve on the prestigious National Student Advisory Council (SAC) for the 2017–18 academic year. SAC members have the unique opportunity to advise one of the nation’s leading women’s organizations while taking action around important policy issues on their campuses. Applications due September 25, 2017.
Perks of Being an SAC Member
- Travel to Washington, D.C., to a leadership retreat in the fall and the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) in the spring. (Compliments of AAUW!)
- Represent and offer input and perspective to a nationally renowned women’s organization.
- Network with other current council members, SAC alumnae, AAUW staff, and local AAUW members.
- Improve leadership skills and build confidence.
- Take action on AAUW policy issues that are important to them.
- Gain résumé-building experience to get ahead in employment and graduate school opportunities by developing marketing, event planning, and organizational skills.
Responsibilities of SAC Members
- Attend a weekend leadership retreat in Washington, D.C., November 3–5, 2017
- Participate in monthly hour-long conference calls with AAUW staff and fellow SAC members
- Join online discussions on pressing feminist issues with fellow SAC members
- Promote AAUW initiatives and leadership programs on campus
- Organize Equal Pay Day activities on campus in April 2018
- Design and implement a project that tackles another AAUW issue of interest
- Communicate with members of AAUW’s 100+ student organizations
- Fundraise for the AAUW national office
- Serve as leaders at the 2018 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL)
Applicants must attend a two- or four-year accredited institution in the United States for both semesters of the academic year. Special consideration will be given to students from institutions that are AAUW college/university members or who belong to an AAUW student organization.
Applicants must be available to fulfill the outlined responsibilities and should demonstrate strong communication and writing skills in their application. SAC applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
- Leadership potential. The student demonstrates a commitment to their leadership growth and community engagement.
- Campus impact. The student suggests creative and innovative ways to recruit and engage other students around AAUW issues. The student will actively promote AAUW and NCCWSL on campus and in the local community.
- Perspective and voice. The student brings a unique perspective, background, and experience to the SAC. The student also demonstrates intentionality about promoting diversity and making their work accessible for all students and community members.
- Commitment to gender equity. The student demonstrates a commitment to women’s leadership and gender equity through past or current coursework, internships, jobs, volunteer activities, or involvement with relevant organizations.
- September 25, 2017: Application materials due by 11:59 p.m. PDT.
- November 3–5, 2017: SAC members attend a required three-day retreat in Washington, D.C. (Expenses covered by AAUW)
- Summer 2018, exact date to be announced: SAC members attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) in College Park, Maryland. (Expenses covered by AAUW)
In order for an application to be considered, the following items must be submitted to AAUW by 11:59 p.m. PDT on Monday, September 25, 2017:
- A completed online application form.
- A one-page résumé sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. For résumé tips, check out this helpful AAUW resource!
- A one-page letter of recommendation written by a former adviser, professor, or professional supervisor sent to email@example.com. Please have recommender include your full name in the letter and in the email subject line.
When sending your materials, you must state your name and “SAC Application Materials” in the subject line. Any application materials received after the deadline will not be considered.