Shine as a C/U Representative
More than 1,000 campus administrators and faculty members serve as AAUW college/university (C/U) representatives. C/U representatives are the liaisons between their institutions and AAUW. As your campus’s C/U representative, you have the opportunity to help faculty, staff, and students make the most of your school’s C/U partner membership. Whether you’re raising your institution’s visibility or sharing information about educational funding, professional development, or student leadership opportunities, this guide will help new and experienced C/U representatives step up into this role and stand out as leaders on campus.
We understand that our C/U representatives have time constraints and competing priorities. Your leadership work as a C/U representative should complement the work you’re doing on campus. Take time to consider what actions will help you achieve your desired professional outcomes. Whether your supervisor assigned you to this role or you volunteered, the following steps will help get you started with AAUW.
Step 1: Learn More about AAUW
Understanding the basics of AAUW will help frame your vision for your role and for your institution’s membership. AAUW’s mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Scroll through AAUW’s historical time line, and review our annual report and magazine. Browse through the What We Do and Issues sections of the website. Check out AAUW’s award-winning blog to read the latest updates.
Step 2: Do Your C/U Homework
Once you understand our mission and programs, get to know the basics of C/U partner membership. You’ll want to start by reviewing the C/U tool kit. The included resources will give you a good idea of what membership means for administrators, faculty, and students.
Make sure to spend a few minutes reviewing the C/U representative position description, C/U glossary, and our frequently asked questions. AAUW has a lot to offer you and your institution; get to know the kinds of campus programs that are available to your school.
Step 3: Plan Ahead
Be aware of your own calendar and your academic calendar and how they correspond to AAUW events. If you want to apply for a fellowship or grant or want to receive a discounted registration rate for AAUW’s National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, you’ll want to stay ahead of deadlines. Important upcoming deadlines are shared in the Campus Connections e-newsletter.
Plan ahead. For example, if you want to bring a Campus Action Project to your school next year, you don’t have to wait until August to prepare your application. You can learn about application requirements and eligibility at any point. The same is true for taking advantage of our salary negotiation workshops, student project grants, Elect Her workshops, and other leadership opportunities
Step 4: Build Your AAUW Network
One of the great benefits of AAUW membership is that it connects you with 170,000 members and supporters as well as more than 800 college/university partner member schools. There are a few simple ways to build your own AAUW network:
- Meet fellow members by logging in to the Member Services Database. The database is where you’ll be able to see if there is another C/U representative on your campus and get their contact information. If you haven’t already done so, introduce yourself to this other C/U representative and plan how you want to share C/U representative responsibilities.
Are you the only representative on your campus? Not for long! Recruit a friend or colleague to work with you. Pairing with a second C/U representative will help you stay accountable to your goals, share responsibilities, and make it more fun. Make sure to send us an e-mail at email@example.com when you’ve recruited a second representative.
Take advantage of meeting new people through this role. The database will also show you e-student affiliates at your institution and a full list of C/U representatives from your state. Make it a point to reach out to a representative at a neighboring school and see what’s happening on campus.
- Branch out! Check to see if there’s a local AAUW branch or Younger Women’s Task Force There might be an officer in your branch who is tasked with building relationships with colleges. See if there is time for a phone call or in-person meeting to get to know what shared goals you have.
- Widen your net. There are so many networking opportunities through AAUW. Check your state’s AAUW website to see if their next state convention or meeting has a C/U or professional development component. You can also attend the AAUW National Convention or join your students for the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. Can’t travel? You can still meet other people through online events and social media. Join an AAUW national committees or task forces to continue to widen your net.
Step 5: Highlight Your Work
Make sure to revisit your goals quarterly or twice a year. Did you achieve what you planned? What were your successes and challenges? Get credit for the work that you’re doing and the change that you’re making on campus! Make sure to highlight your progress in your next evaluation or report at work. You might consider presenting your progress and some information about AAUW at your next staff meeting.
We want to highlight the great work you’re doing as well. Louisiana Tech University’s C/U representative, Jennie Flynn-McKevitt, led a professional development webinar and wrote an AAUW blog post about her experiences in career services. You don’t have to wait until the end of the year to report back to us. Send updates and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org at any time and let us know if you are interested in writing a blog for AAUW. We want to know how you’re doing and share with other C/U representatives and the larger AAUW community. They will find your successes and challenges helpful when putting together their own programs.
Step 6: Stay Connected to Your Networks
C/U representatives should share resources with their campuses. Make sure that undergraduate students know about the free e-student affiliation available to them. As a C/U representative, you’ll have access to regular updates through Mission & Action, Campus Connections, Outlook magazine, and other exclusive communications. Know your audiences, and disseminate information as you see fit.
You should also let us know when your contact information changes, including when there are new or departing C/U representatives. We are happy to help you with your progress, connect you with others, and answer your questions. E-mail email@example.com or call 800.326.2290.
C/U representatives should share resources with their campuses. Make sure that undergraduate students know about the free e-student affiliate membership available to them. As a C/U representative, you’ll have access to regular updates through Mission & Action, Campus Connections, AAUW Outlook magazine, and other exclusive communications. Know your audiences, and disseminate information as you see fit.You should also let us know when your contact information changes, including when there are new or departing C/U representatives. We are happy to help you with your progress, connect you with others, and answer your questions. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800.326.2290.
Answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about AAUW college/university partner membership.
This webinar was especially designed for college/university representatives who want to learn more about their role, the benefits of C/U membership, and resources available to them.
College/university (C/U) representatives are appointed by an AAUW college/university partner member institution to serve as the liaison between students and AAUW on campus. Learn more about your responsibilities!