Meet Former Student Advisory Council Members
Meet the college students of the Student Advisory Council (SAC) who advised AAUW about student programs, work to improve equality for women on their campuses, and help lead various programs at the annual National Conference for College Women Student Leaders.
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Meet the 2016–17 Student Advisory Council
Barnard College of Columbia University
University at Albany, SUNY
University of Nebraska, Omaha
Bowling Green State University
Wayne State University
University of Pittsburgh
Linh Anh Cat
University of California, Irvine
Meet the 2015–16 Student Advisory Council
Wayne State University
University of North Carolina, Greensboro
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Louisiana Tech University
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of Connecticut
Maha Saleem is generously sponsored by Loryann Eis.
Meet the 2014–15 Student Advisory Council
Sponsored by Eileen Shelley Menton
University of Utah
California State University, Long Beach
Florida International University
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Sponsored by Loryann Eis
Helen “Nellie” Moran
Pacific Lutheran University
Meet the 2013–14 Student Advisory Council
- Maria-Luiza Popescu
University of Texas, Dallas
Maria-Luiza is generously sponsored by AAUW of Texas.
- Charisma Ricksy
Pennsylvania State University
- Kelsey Saragnese
University of Missouri
- Lauren Shackleford
Eastern Michigan University
- Eva Shang
Eva is generously sponsored by Eileen Shelley Menton.
Meet the 2012–2013 Student Advisory Council
University of Illinois, Chicago
Nanci is a junior majoring in psychology at University of Illinois, Chicago. Nancy transferred from Elgin Community College where she was president of the Student Government Association and Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Nanci helped to establish the first back-to-school supply drive at Elgin Community College. Since the start of the drive, students have given out over 2,000 backpacks to families in the community. Nanci is an honors student at the University of Illinois, Chicago and was an honors student while at Elgin Community College. She is passionate about the representation of Latinas in higher education.
Maureen Evans Arthurs
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Maureen Evans Arthurs is a senior majoring in gender and women’s studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is the project manager for her university’s Women Involved in Learning and Leadership (WILL) program and also serves on the gender and women’s studies coordinating committee. Maureen previously served as the Campaigns and Advocacy Director at A Thousand Sisters, a volunteer organization that galvanizes women across the world to become extraordinary leaders in their communities to help bring attention to the devastating violence and human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She also helped launch the program, Sister Somalia, which established the first rape crisis center in Mogadishu and supports survivors of gender based violence. Maureen was previously an intern in the Development Department at AAUW national and is looking forward to furthering the cause of AAUW yet again.
Maureen is generously sponsored by Eileen Menton.
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina
Maybellin Burgos is a junior majoring in computer science at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She is president of both the Association of Computing Machinery for Women and Students and Technology in Academia, Research and Service (STARS) student organization on her campus. Maybellin has been a student partner for Microsoft and a teaching assistant at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She has worked with her student organizations to create workshops for local middle schools. She hopes to bring more attention to women in computing on campus and in her state. Maybellin is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and two other honor societies.
Kelly Kay Clark
University of Kansas
Kelly Kay Clark is a graduate student studying higher education administration at the University of Kansas. She is the Assistant Complex Director of the only all-female hall on campus and is focusing on helping her residents develop their own identity as women. She completed her undergraduate degree in environmental studies at Texas A&M University where she served as Panhellenic Council president. Kelly Kay is passionate about gender roles and how it translates to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) community.
Bethany Imondi is a senior majoring in government and English at Georgetown University. She is president of the Women in Politics student organization and is the co-editor-in-chief to the university yearbook. Bethany is a new media intern for Emily’s List and a student office assistant in the MBA program office at Georgetown University. She had previously interned at Holland and Knight and for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. As one of 16 students in the Georgetown University Government Honors program, Bethany is preparing a thesis that researches the impact that the media’s portrayal of female politicians has on the gender gap in political representation.
Bethany is generously sponsored by Dagmar E. McGill,
in memory of Happy Fernandez and Helen F. Faust.
Natasha Mercado is a sophomore majoring in radiology technology at Bellevue College. She designed a student club at Bellevue College to support women entering the science and health care fields. Through her organization, Natasha has conducted small-group sessions to discuss professional opportunities and has facilitated guest speaker appearances from a local hospital. She volunteers in the M.R.I. department at a local hospital. During her first year of college, Natasha coordinated a project with the Central Area Youth Association to help rebuild and replace old play equipment with newer, safer equipment at Powell Barnett Park. Her aspirations include expanding her organization to middle school girls within the community and founding a nonprofit organization that can provide young girls with mentors as well as resources to higher education and academic advising. She plans to one day pursue a master’s degree in interventional radiology.
Washington and Jefferson College
Huong Nguyen is a junior majoring in psychology at Washington and Jefferson College. She is president and founding member of the Diversity Programming Board and is a Resident Assistant in a first-year hall. She was the secretary of the Black Student Union and is president and founding member of the Diversity Programming Board. As programs assistant for the Office of Diversity Programs and Multicultural Affairs, Huong has helped to organize events like V-Day, Sexual Assault Awareness Week, Domestic Violence Awareness Week, and training for officers of multicultural student groups. She is a first generation high school graduate and college student in her family.
University of Missouri
Taaj Reaves is a senior majoring in journalism and political science at the University of Missouri. She is president of the AAUW student organization at the University of Missouri. Taaj also serves as a Leadership Advisor and Study Abroad Student Manager on campus. She is from Chicago and spent a summer interning in the city with A. Lavelle Consulting Services. Taaj is an honors college student, a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, and has studied abroad in India. Taaj hopes to attend Law School and plans on participating in the Peace Corps upon graduation.
Taaj is generously sponsored by Loryann Eis.
University of Michigan, Dearborn
Benita Robinson is a junior majoring in computer science and sociology at the University of Michigan, Dearborn. She is a founder of the AAUW student organization on her campus and is student coordinator for the university’s Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL) program. The University of Michigan, Dearborn named her a Difference Maker in 2012. She is the recipient of several scholarships including the Edward Bagale Difference Makers Scholarship, the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Laptop Scholarship, and the Center for Education of Women, Ann Arbor, scholarship. She is an active volunteer in the city of Detroit.
Portland State University
Samaura Stone is a graduate student studying social work at Portland State University. She has past experience with political campaigns and currently works as a community liaison in a senate office. Samaura is the Vice Chair of the Oregon Commission on Black Affairs and has been a Multnomah County child advocate for several years. She earned a bachelor’s in social and behavioral studies from George Fox University and an associate’s in general studies from Mt. Hood Community College. Samaura is passionate about the lack of young women exposed to leadership opportunities and knowledge of STEM careers.
Meet the 2011-12 Student Advisory Council
Claremont McKenna College
Samantha is a junior Government and Gender and Women’s Studies dual major at Claremont McKenna College. In her sophomore year, Samantha reactivated Claremont McKenna’s Women’s Forum. As President, she spearheads the planning of events focused on the campus’s gender climate and ending gender and other forms of discrimination. Samantha credits her close relationship with her disabled sister as the driving factor in her activist work and her interest in promoting the rights of the disenfranchised. She plans on attaining a Master’s degree and ultimately working at a non-profit that promotes women’s rights.
Samantha is sponsored by the Mooneen Lecce Giving Circle.
Caroline G. Adams
Clark Atlanta University
Caroline is a second year graduate student at Clark Atlanta University pursuing a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Previously she has served as the Graduate Student Representative for the School of Education and the Executive Secretary of the Educational Leadership Student Association. Caroline is a member of Alpha Epsilon Lambda and Pi Delta Kappa honor societies and currently volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta and the National Urban League Young Professionals. Additionally, she works as an education policy intern at Southern Regional Education Board conducting research and data analysis. A native of Milwaukee, WI, Caroline holds her B.A. in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University. Professionally, Caroline has worked as a lobbyist for students in higher education around access and affordability. However, her true passion is developing culturally sensitive policies for students in K-12 public school systems. Upon completion of her master’s program, Caroline plans to pursue a doctorate in educational policy and leadership.
Joy Marie Agee
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Joy is a scientist in training in the PhD Program for Biotechnology, Science, and Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, a Gates Millennium Scholar, and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society. She received her Master’s degree in Molecular Biology from UA Huntsville and her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Spelman College. Joy serves as President of the UA Huntsville Minority Graduate Student Association, where she assists in the planning and implementation of academic workshops aimed at enhancing the professional development of her peers. She also serves as a mentor to minority undergraduates matriculating in STEM subjects, and teaches basic biology experiments to students at local high schools.
Joy is sponsored by Ruth and John Jurenko.
Saint Mary’s College
Notre Dame, IN
Laura is in her junior year at St. Mary’s College, and she is majoring in English, writing, and women’s studies. She has studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea, at Ewha Womans University, the largest women’s university in the world. She also represented Ewha as a Global Campus Leader. Laura serves on the Residence Hall Association Student Government Board at St. Mary’s and is currently a resident adviser. She also teaches a creative expression class once a week at a homeless center in South Bend, Indiana. After finishing her degree, Laura plans to apply for an international graduate school program.
University of Illinois at Springfield
Caitlin Crane is a junior at the University of Illinois at Springfield, majoring in Management Information Systems and minoring in English. She is the current Chair of the Women’s Issues Caucus on her campus and recently initiated a partnership with her local AAUW branch. Caitlin has worked to organize a relief trip to Joplin, Missouri, a town recently impacted by a F5 tornado. Her other campus activities have included her role as a mentor in the Capitol Scholars Honors Program and Leadership for Life Programs. Caitlin currently works as an office assistant at the UIS Office of Student Life, and will begin an internship at the Illinois State Museum’s Library this spring. After graduation, Caitlin hopes to earn a graduate degree in Library Science, and share her love of reading through a career as a librarian.
Caitlin is sponsored by Loryann Eis.
Pacific Lutheran University
Katie is a senior pursuing dual Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Women’s & Gender Studies at Pacific Lutheran University. Last year, Katie worked as an advocate with Stirring the Fire, a global initiative to empower women and girls based in Mercer Island, Washington. She organized and facilitated weekly round table discussions on her campus concerning topics such as education, economic security, health, leadership, human trafficking, and violence against women. While studying abroad in Norway, Katie also worked with the Nansen Dialogue & Peace Center in Lillehammer. Currently, Katie is co-leader of the Feminist Student Union, a member of the Sexual Assault Peer Education Team, and a producer of the February production of The Vagina Monologues. Katie plans to pursue a master’s degree in International Development Studies with an emphasis on gender relations.
Wilsar F. Johnson
Georgian Court University
Wilsar is a senior studying Sociology and Biology in Georgian Court University. She is the Executive Board President of the Student Government Association and the past President of the Black Student Union on campus. Wilsar also serves as the Vice President of the Theater Club and is a member of the Peer Advisory Board for the Woman In Leadership Development program (WILD). She was also the co-founder of the Poetry Club on campus. Originally from Freetown, Sierra Leone, Wilsar came to the United States when she was ten years old and is largely shaped by her experiences during the Civil War of 1998. She is passionate about politics and her primary goal is to run for office and help change the world.
Ellen Thuy Le
Ellen Thuy Le is a junior studying Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. She became involved with AAUW at 12 when she was selected to attend Tech Trek, a science camp for girls, at Stanford University. Ellen was so inspired by the incredible, brilliant, and successful women at the camp that she returned as a Junior Counselor, Senior Counselor, and ultimately as a speaker during subsequent years. At Stanford, Ellen serves as the Financial Manager and sings as a Soprano for the Stanford Harmonics, an internationally acclaimed rock a cappella group. She is also active in her sorority, Sigma Psi Zeta Inc, an Asian-interest sorority whose philanthropic goal is to fight domestic abuse and violence against women. She currently serves as the Alumni Chair and Internal Social Chair.
Regis University, Denver Colorado
Loretto Heights School of Nursing
Maria is a junior in the BSN program at Regis University’s Loretto Heights School of Nursing and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa national honor society. She coordinated and managed volunteer fundraising events for different arts organizations, managed a volunteer dance event for the Boulder community for nine years, and raised four children before deciding to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. Maria tutors fellow students and is Senator for the Regis Student Nurse Association (RSNA). As a RSNA senator, Maria acts as a liaison between the school and nursing community. She also fundraises and advocates for Safehouse Denver, which serves victims of domestic violence and their children. Maria has a passion for changing the portrayal of women in the media.
Odunola ‘Ola’ Ojewumi
University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, MD
Ola is a junior majoring in Government & Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. At the age of 12, Ola received a heart and kidney transplant that almost took her life. After surviving, she decided to devote her time and energy into helping others and giving back. In 2009, she founded Sacred Heart’s Children’s Transplant Foundation, which raises awareness about organ donation registry. Ola completed an internship at The White House where she hosted a briefing on the importance of youth mentorship in low-income communities and published an article entitled, ‘Advancing the Lives of Young Women Through Mentorship’. Ola’s charitable efforts are propelled by the belief that of one person can spark a flame that will eventually change the way people think, act, and compel others to take action.
Ola is sponsored by Janet and Theodore Crampton.
Meet the 2010-11 Student Advisory Council
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI
Chanel is an Industrial Operations Engineering Sophomore at the University of Michigan and a Gates Millennium and Rogel Scholar. She works with numerous organizations that outreach to students in urban areas, including Project Inspire where she travels to Inner-City Detroit (her hometown) to speak to student about their options after high school. She is a peer mentor for incoming students at the University of Michigan. She is also heavily involved in the National Society of Black Engineers and serves as the Treasurer of a campus Bible Study called “Women of Proverbs.” Further, she is the Co-President of her dormitory’s Multicultural Council where she puts on events educating the dorm about the different cultures present and encourages intercultural dialogue. Her ultimate goal in life is to start a nonprofit that encourages young girls to push past social and financial barriers to achieve their goals.
University of Alabama, Huntsville
Lisa is currently a Doctoral student at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville). She is the community service coordinator and past secretary of the Minority Graduate Student Association. Lisa mentors undergraduate students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. In 2010, Lisa initiated the leadership confernece “Ignite the Leader Within”, for minority students. She also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, the Angel Food Network and UAHuntsville’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. She is currently serving her second term as the secretary of the Tennessee Valley chapter of the American Society for Engineering Management. She is also the Vice-President of the Caribbean Student Association on campus. Lisa is a member of the National Black Graduate Student Association and the Region III Academic Excellence Committee for the National Society for Black Engineers. Lisa received her MSE from UAHuntsville in Industrial and Systems Engineering, focusing in Engineering Management. She holds a B.S. from Midwestern State University where she received the President’s Medal of Honor for the College of Science and Mathematics.
University of California, Berkeley
Anita is a junior at UC Berkeley majoring in History and minoring in Gender and Women’s Studies. She received associate degrees in Social Behavior and Science and Humanities from Mount San Jacinto College. She was a mentor for marticulation and outreach at Mount San Jacinto and recevied a Mentor of the Year award in 2009. Anita is an AAUW member who served as the vice president and then president of the Mount San Jacinto College student affiliate group. During her term as president she organized food drives to benefit a women’s shelter in the area and helped coordinate club events and fundraisers. Currently she is working with the V-Day organization at UC Berkeley as a crew member to help organize the February production of The Vagina Monologues. With her education she hopes to shed light on the condition of women everywhere and through this help make communities better.
Elizabeth (Liz) Brown
University of Wyoming
Liz is currently a student at the University of Wyoming (UW), seeking a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She is a member of the UW Honors Program. At UW Liz currently serves as the student government vice president, where she leads the legislative branch, chairs and serves on a variety of internal and external universities and boards, and represents UW at a variety of campus and statewide events. Liz is also currently active with her sorority, where she serves as the Vice President of Public Relations, Iron Skull campus honorary, Pi Sigma Alpha, and works as a UW Student Ambassador for prospective students. Liz is highly active in the university community, and was recently recognized as a top student contributor as a UW Gold recipient.
Catherine (Cat) Cleary
Saint Mary’s College
Notre Dame, IN
Catherine is a junior at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, pursuing a Women’s Studies major and Spanish minor. Catherine created a “Girl Power” workshop at a South Bend elementary school to encourage love of science among third and fourth grade girls. She organized a drive to collect feminine hygiene products for offenders at the Indiana Women’s Prison. Catherine has participated in and helped facilitate several alternative spring break trips focusing on issues of women in poverty. This past summer Catherine interned in the special needs ward of the Indiana Women’s Prison; in spring, 2011 she will intern with the League of Women Voters. She also is a Resident Advisor, serves on the Student Advisory Board for the Belles Against Violence Office, and serves as Vice President of the Saint Mary’s College Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA). Catherine plans to pursue a dual-degree JD/PhD program. Her life goal is to be an advocate for women through work in politics or public policy.
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Kerry is pursing her Doctorate of Education in the Counseling and Student Personnel department at Minnesota State University, Mankato. In addition, she holds a graduate assistantship in the Women’s Center as the Program Coordinator, where she develops and implements educational programming for the campus community. In this position, she particularly enjoys advising the Women of Action Committee student group and planning the Women’s Student Leadership Conference at her campus. Kerry has a strong interest in advocacy and social justice. One area in which she is very passionate is LGBT rights, and is proud to be an ally. While she works for women’s equality overall, Kerry is especially interested in the impact of societal expectations on women’s personal and professional development.
Texas State University
San Marcos, TX
Josefina Ibarra is a senior at Texas State University. She is currently working on a bachelor of arts in political science with a minor in business administration. Josefina has worked closely with the Texas Department of Transportation, Guadalupe County Commissioners, various media outlets, Texas State and Texas Lutheran Universities in a campaign she lead aimed at safety improvements to a Texas state highway. During this process, she worked with various organizations on campus and now holds the position of vice president of the Latino Student Association at Texas State University. She was also a participant of the Institute for Leadership Education and Development 2010 conference at Northern Kentucky University and is a 2010 HSC Scholar. Josefina is currently interning at a congressional office in Washington DC, and she plans to pursue a dual degree with a master’s in public affairs and law.
Abby Lemay is a senior at Stetson University majoring in Sociology and American Studies with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. In her junior year, Abby founded Stetson’s National Organization for Women campus affiliate. She is an active member of the Organization for Students Actively Pursuing Equality, Kaleidoscope (Stetson’s gay-straight alliance), and she also serves on the Gender Equity Council and Women and Gender Studies committee. Her passion for women’s issues is rooted in ending violence against women and actively seeking pay equity. As a freshmen, she helped to raise money for the Daytona Beach Domestic Abuse council through her participation in The Vagina Monologues, and for the past two years has produced and directed the show. Last April, she worked closely with several student organizations to organize DeLand’s first “Equal Pay Day”, in which 5 local businesses offered discounts to women based on the wage gap to bring awareness to her community about economic disparities women face in the workplace. After graduation, Abby hopes to pursue a career in community organizing, and ultimately obtain a PhD.
Chiedza Christine Mufunde
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA
Chiedza is a Mount Holyoke student from Zimbabwe pursuing a degree in Psychology. Her interests include women’s leadership, education studies, education psychology, organizational behavior, peer mentoring and teaching. Chiedza’s work with Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) in Zimbabwe as a trainings co-coordinator working with young women in rural Zimbabwe on business skills, community health education and leadership greatly shaped her passion for women’s issues in Africa and beyond. She plans to eventually go to School of Social Work and further her studies in education, teaching and community organization. At Mount Holyoke, Chiedza works as a peer mentor with the Speaking, Arguing and Writing Program and works with students on speaking and writing projects. She is also an active participant in the college’s orientation program and is a committee member of the International Students Orientation Committee and the Mount Holyoke African and Caribbean Student Association.
University of Delaware
Meghan is a senior Political Science and Women’s Studies double major, minoring in Sexualities and Gender Studies at the University of Delaware. Meghan serves as the president of Students Acting for Gender Equity (SAGE). A survivor of sexual assault, Meghan volunteers as an advocate for the Sexual Offense Support at the University of Delaware, a 24-hour crisis hotline for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault that also promotes and organizes peer-to-peer education on those issues. Additionally, Meghan is an Ally for gay and lesbian students on her campus, is a member of the Council of Student Leaders, and is currently founding a student organization called Women in Politics, the first organization of its kind on her campus. She volunteers for the Network to Encourage Women’s Support for Women and is currently interning on a congressional campaign in Delaware. After graduation Meghan hopes to become an educator with Teach for America and aspires to attend law school.
Meet the 2009-10 Student Advisory Council
Mary Alice Brown
Onondaga Community College
Mary Alice is a student at Onondaga Community College, pursuing degrees in Business Administration and Health Information Technology. Recovering from a traumatic assault, she found the college a place to “Explore, Discover and Transform.” Active in student government, she has been elected to be a student representative to the Board of Trustees and to the Onondaga Community College Association. She has been appointed student representative to the Student Disciplinary Committee, and elected to serve as a Community College Representative for the SUNY Student Assembly. Through the SUNY Student Assembly, she has been appointed to be a student representative to the General Education Assessment Review Committee and to the Chancellor’s Group of 200. In the community, she volunteers weekly at a local soup kitchen, Unity Kitchen. She has volunteered for the KEEP screening program of the National Kidney Foundation. At this time, she is a board member of the Peer Networking Group of CNY.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Rachael is a graduate student in Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is focusing on policy and research within the school’s newest specialization in Advocacy, Leadership and Social Change. In 2000, Rachael received her BA in Sociology, also from the University of Illinois, and held leadership positions with the American Civil Liberties Union, Campus for Choice, Amnesty International, and Alternative Spring Break. As a graduate student, she was last year’s president of the Graduate Social Work Association where she organized community volunteer opportunities and recruited students to participate in a statewide advocacy day. Outside of academic pursuits, Rachael is an accomplished violinist, has also served as an AmeriCorps member, and was an NGO delegate with the United Nations Human Rights Council. Upon graduation, Rachael plans to continue her involvement in various women’s issues and human rights advocacy efforts and hopes to work as a policy researcher or strategist.
Pacific Lutheran University
A Montana native, Hannah is currently a sophomore at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She is a double major in both Political Science and Women’s & Gender Studies with a minor in Spanish. Hannah is heavily involved in her campus community. She is a proud and active member of PLU’s cheer team along with volunteering for different organizations across campus. Her passion is dealing with women’s issues. She has been involved with PEACE, Peers Educating and Advocating for Changing Expectations, a group that presents on relationship violence and gender stereotypes. Her freshman year was spent volunteering at PLU’s Women’s Center which afterwards, she was hired as an intern for the 2009-2010 academic year. Through the center, Hannah has had the opportunity to collaborate with other clubs and organizations on campus to put on events such as Love Your Body Day and The Pink Zone which raises money for Breast Cancer research. After graduation, Hannah wants to continue work promoting women’s rights both locally and internationally. Her goal is to work with women in developing countries.
Theresa M. Harrison
University of Nebraska at Kearney
Theresa is a graduate student at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in the Counseling and School Psychology program, emphasis Student Affairs. Her assistantship is with Residential and Greek Life, and she serves as a Residence Hall Director. Currently, she is interning in the Office of Multicultural Affairs and is running a new women’s group Sister to Sister as well as sitting on the steering committee for UNK’s First Annual Women’s Symposium. She is a graduate of East Tennessee State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Psychology, and a minor in Spanish. As an undergraduate, her involvement in Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity as well as being involved in the Johnson City, TN community led her to discover her passion for working with college students and serving the community in which you live.
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Caitlin is a senior seeking a degree in marketing and gender studies at the University of Utah. She currently belongs to the Honor’s Community Leadership Scholars program on campus. In 2006 she worked with the Utah County Children’s Justice Center as a child advocate for a five-year-old girl who had been through an abusive situation. She has also worked as an advocate for the YWCA in Salt Lake City, assisting women in crisis during their time of recovery from domestic violence. She works with her father in a political issue committee he started called the Utah Healthcare Initiative, which works to bring single-payer health reform to the state ballot in 2010.
Jane is a sophomore at Emory University majoring in International Studies and with a minor in Spanish. She was a freshman legislator for Student Government Association. As a member of the L.E.A.D. team, she serves as a mentor and supports emerging leaders on campus. Jane is on the Educational Policy committee that votes on changing educational policies for undergraduate students. She is a PACE (Pre-major Advising Connection at Emory) leader, who advises incoming freshmen before they choose their major. As a part of Alpha Phi Omega, a service fraternity, she develops leadership, promotes friendship, and provides service to community. She plans to study abroad in England, Argentina, and China, to expand her horizons internationally for women in leadership.
Colette (Lettie) Morgan
Northen Illinois University
Colette is a junior Political Science major and Women’s Studies minor at Northern Illinois University. Colette is the senior student staff member at the Women’s Resource Center, where she designs and implements campus-wide programs focused on gender awareness issues. She helped found and currently serves as the Vice President for Advocates for Choice, a student group that educates college students about reproductive health and rights. Colette also works to support LGBT awareness through her work as an Ally and on the board of an LGBT speaker’s bureau. Colette is also serving her second year as a peer instructor for University 101, an introductory college course for incoming first year students. She completed 60 hours of training to become an Illinois state certified domestic violence/sexual assault advocate and assists with campus-wide training on sexual assault issues. After graduation, Colette hopes to pursue a PhD in Political Science.
College of Saint Rose
Grace is a Junior Social Work major with a minor in Social Justice at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. She founded the first women’s organization on campus: The Women’s Initiative; with the goal of establishing the first Women’s Resource Center on campus. She has participated as a student advocate on the Stop Abuse Against Women Campus Project, a grant initiative to raise awareness about sexual assault. Grace has participated in the campus production “The Vagina Monologues” for the past two years and was a scholarship recipient to the 2009 Omega Women and Power conference. Besides her deep commitment to women’s equity, Grace is an officer in the Saint Rose chapter of Best Buddies (dedicated to creating one-on-one friendships between Saint Rose students and students with intellectual disabilities) and is the treasurer of the Social Work Honor Society, Phi Alpha. Grace hopes to use the skills and knowledge she gains from the AAUW to help further her passion and commitment to the exploration of bringing justice to women’s issues.
Kendra L. Smith
University of Oklahoma
A 2008 graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), Kendra earned her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication and Political Science. While at UCO, Kendra was an extremely active student leader most notably as the president of the organization W.O.M.E.N. (Women of Many Ethnic Nationalities) from 2006-2008. Currently, Kendra is a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma where she is pursuing a Masters in Public Administration with research interests in public policy, race and gender, inequalities, nonprofit management, and education. Kendra works as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in the Office of Community Partnerships & Health Policy. She has also gained valuable professional experience working as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Oklahoma College of Engineering in the Office of Diversity Programs as well as an intern for the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition. Kendra is a proud and active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. where she serves on the International Undergraduate Activities Committee. She is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, the Oklahoma Women in Higher Education planning committee, and, most recently was granted the honor of being selected to be a Pat Tillman Military Scholar.
University of Northern Colorado
Donnae is a Senior Political Science major with a minor in Women’s Studies at the University of Northern Colorado. Before coming to UNC, Donnae attended Northeastern Junior College, where she served as a peer advisor, and member of the NJC Associated Student Senate, literary judge for the campus arts and literature magazine and president of her residence hall. As an undergraduate scholar at UNC, she has completed the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, publishing a paper on youth voting in the 2004 presidential election. She has recently completed and independent study with the UNC Women’s Studies program on identity politics, as well as presenting a paper on Angela Davis’ Women, Race and Class. She is a member of several campus groups, including United Sisters and the Feminist Alliance, and interned for a year at the UNC Women’s Resource Center, where she has organized and planned events and assisted with such events as Take Back the Nights and Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Donnae has served as the campus representative for Campus Progress and Arts and Entertainment editor for the campus newspaper The Mirror. She currently serves as a student assistant at the Women’s Resource Center and on the Committee for Women’s Programming.
Meet the 2008-09 Student Advisory Council
Washington and Jefferson College
Brittany is a senior Cell and Molecular Biology major at Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania. She has served as both Treasurer and Vice President of GIVE (Get Involved in Volunteer Experience), a community service organization at her school. With GIVE, Brittany has participated in two Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenges, in which she spent her spring breaks in Florida building houses. Brittany was the recipient of her school’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Service Award in 2008. Last summer, she participated in the Paul W. Zuccaire Internship program, in which spent ten weeks at the Institut Pasteur in Paris conducting immunological research. Brittany is currently co-captain of the W&J Women’s Track and Field team, and has helped her team win two consecutive conference championships. She is also currently Vice-President of her school’s chapter of Phi Sigma National Biological Sciences Honor Society. This fall, she will be inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and best known honor society. After graduation, Brittany plans to complete a year of service with the Americorps VISTA program before attending graduate school for biomedical research. She hopes to take the skills she learns from the AAUW SAC to her graduate studies, in order to help eliminate discrimination against women in the sciences.
Agnes Scott College
Meg is a junior at Agnes Scott College majoring in Women’s Studies, Sociology and Anthropology with a minor in History. She has been the president of her class since her first year and is an active member of many campus organizations dealing with LGBTQ activism, women’s rights, and international justice. As chair of the campus Programming Board’s Community Service Committee, Meg instituted a biannual “benefit bingo” night to raise funds for a local homeless shelter for women and children, and as chair of the Inter-Organizational Council, she developed a yearly campus-wide community service initiative, which last year focused on homelessness and poverty in the city of Atlanta. Most recently, she founded the Campus Coalition to Stop Sex Trafficking, a group which works to foster intra- and inter-campus bonds between students who seek volunteer and activism opportunities around the issue of sexual exploitation.
Frances is a junior at Georgetown University, in Washington, DC, majoring in Culture and Politics, with a focus on how race, religion, and politics affect women’s identity. She is a leading activist in the United Feminists organization on campus and has recently been chosen as a Women Advancing Gender Equity fellow by Georgetown women alumni. She currently works at the Women’s Center as a Program Assistant to develop events and dialogue among women on campus and in the area that focus on the obstacles women face to this day. She also serves as a commissioner on the Student Activities Commission, which handles the majority of the student organizations on campus and the events that each hosts. Frances served as a facilitator for “RU Ready?” this Fall which is a forum that discusses sexual assault on campus. As a Latina female seeking a higher education, she was an active board member of MEChA her freshman and sophomore years, as a Historian and East Coast Chicano Student Forum Representative, respectively. She was chosen to be the Communications co-chair of the Diversity Action Council that promotes diversity on the levels of education, social justice, and programming. After graduating from Georgetown with a Bachelor in Foreign Service, she hopes to pursue a Master’s in Public Policy and International Affairs, focusing on women and gender issues.
South Dakota State University
Catherine is a junior double majoring in English and Spanish. In 2006 and 2008 she’s worked for the Feminist Majority Foundation as a campaign organizer and coordinator and she was a speaker and delegate to the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Regional and National Young Women’s Leadership Conference. She serves as the president of the Campus Women’s Coalition and works as a student writer and Spanish tutor.
Illinois State University
Tammy is currently a graduate student at Illinois State University in the College Student Personnel Administration Program. Her assistantship is with University Housing Services, and she is an Assistant Residence Hall Coordinator. Currently, she is one of the professional development chairs for the College Student Personnel Administration Group, and a site facilitator for the Alternative Spring Break Program. She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in Government. As an undergraduate, her involvement in Residence Life, Alcohol and Drug Peer Education, Voices Against Violence, and community outreach led her to discover her passion for learning and educating others.
Northwest Vista College
San Antonio, TX
Debborah is a nontraditional student majoring in history. She established the first history club at Northwest Vista College and organized various Black and Women’s History Month events, including the dedication to Sojourner Truth, and helped coordinate tributes to veterans in San Antonio on Veteran’s Day. Debborah is involved with the Model Organization of American States and has represented Northwest Vista College at several conventions and conferences, including one in Mexico.
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Pamela is a non-traditional student who has returned to college as a means to becoming self-sufficient. She is a single parent with three children and one grandchild. She is a senior at the University of Hawaii at Manoa majoring in Family Resources and working towards a certificate in Women’s studies. Pamela is currently a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron, the national honor society for members of Family and Consumer Sciences. She is a TA for a Women’s Studies course; WS175 History of Gender, Sex, and Sexuality in Global Perspectives to 1500 CE. She is passionate about introducing low-income and transitional women into the possibilities of self-sufficiency through higher education. Pamela has presented workshops on successful scholarship attainment for women and low-income students. She is active in recruiting students to UH Manoa’s Student Support Services which provides services for first-generation college students and low-income college students. She stays connected to women’s events on campus by being a volunteer at the UH Manoa Women’s Center. Each year the Women’s Center sponsors special events related to women’s issues, including: Women’s History Month (March), Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April), Women’s Health Month (September), and Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October).
Ashlee T. Oliver
Ashlee is a sophomore at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. She is majoring in Gender and Women’s Studies and Biology with a minor in Economics. She is currently the Co-Vice President for the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance and Academic Policy Member At-Large at Hollins University. She serves as a Planned Parenthood member and advocate, Black Student Alliance member, and secretary for her residence hall. After graduating from Hollins University, she plans to attend the University of Rochester for Medicine and Dentistry and complete her residency at the John Hopkins Hospital, specializing in Rheumatology.
Taqwaa Falaq Saleem
Georgia Southern University
Savannah, Georgia, native Taqwaa is a graduate student at Georgia Southern University and plans to become an administrator in higher education. Heavily involved on campus, some of Saleem’s current projects include being a teaching assistant and helping create an English Graduate Student Handbook. Saleem is a proud and active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In her community, Saleem serves as the senior graduate advisor to the Chatham County Youth Commission and is active in her church, Berean Bible Chapel. She is also a legal intern at the Law Office of Lester B. Johnson, III, P.C. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of Savannah State University (SSU), Saleem was a Presidential Scholar. As a Schomburg-Mellon Scholar, she worked at the Schomburg-Mellon Summer Humanities Institute at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City. At SSU, Saleem served as organizer, a charter member, and president of the SSU Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. She was the president of the Kappa Lambda Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English and Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Societies. Saleem also served as the student assistant in the Office of the President at Savannah State University.
Sabrina D. Stewart
A proud native of Hamilton, New Jersey, Sabrina is a Junior Mass Communications major with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism and Sound Production coupled with a minor in Business Administration at the illustrious Claflin University, in Orangeburg, SC. Sabrina has been awarded with a four-year full academic scholarship within the Alice Carson Tisdale Honors College at Claflin University. While maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.8, she serves as President of the C.U. Chapter of the Audio Engineering Society, President of the Claflin University Theatre Ensemble, and she has served as Vice-President of Broadcast Journalism of the Mass Communications Society. She is also greatly instrumental with the WCUR and WCUT campus radio and television stations. She is also a Ronal E. McNair Scholar of the national recognized Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement program. Upon graduating from Claflin University, she plans to attend graduate school to attain her Master’s in Business Administration as well as in Liberal Arts. She is working towards a career in the media industry hopes to establish her own TV network dedicated to the positive portrayal of our youth, with a goal of changing the face of today’s high-risk generation.