AAUW-PA Student Leadership Opportunities and NCCWSL


Each year AAUW-PA offers grants to attend NCCWSL.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 grants.

  • Rachel Foor, an undergraduate studying Journalism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Shaina Hilsey, an undergraduate studying Sports Management at California University of Pennsylvania
  • Olivia Kelly, an undergraduate studying Sociology and Urban Studies at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Jillian Murphy, an undergraduate studying International Studies at Juniata College
  • Hediya Ozkan, a graduate student studying Literature at Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Rina Patel, an undergraduate studying Growth and Structure of Cities at Bryn Mawr College
  • Alison Simmons, a graduate student studying Epidemiology at Brown University

The exciting National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL), held at the University of Maryland at the end of May or beginning of June each year, brings together college women from all over the US to learn about leadership.


Alison Smolinski and Laura Palumbo, both of Penn State-Harrisburg, attend NCCWSL 2016

Alison Smolinski and Laura Palumbo, both of Penn State-Harrisburg, attend NCCWSL 2016

Wondering whether you should go? Watch this testimonial from Kate Cohen, a Moravian College student who attended NCCWSL in 2012.

Whet your appetite now by reading personal highlights from our 2016 AAUW-PA NCCWSL Grant winners:

“I found the conference to be empowering, well-run and inspirational. After attending the conference, I wrote a piece for an online publication at
Alison Smolinski, Penn State-Harrisburg

“My time at NCCWSL was unforgettable! I enjoyed getting to know fellow women leaders like myself. The workshops were inspiring and helped me set steps to achieve my future goals. Thank you so much for the opportunity!”– Niematulai Jalloh, Lock Haven University

“I had a phenomenal experience at the conference. The speakers at the women of distinction awards ceremony were passionate and inspirational. This panel cataloged women leaders from diverse backgrounds and varied areas of influence. The students I met throughout the conference were bright and insightful. Together we delved into collective discussions   on feminism, and I was greatly impressed by the space AAUW created for tackling difficult topics such as intersectionality and privilege.”—Laura Palumbo, Penn State-Harrisburg

Niematulai Jalloh of Lock Haven University with Bele Bele Rhythm Collective at NCCWSL 2016

Niematulai Jalloh of Lock Haven University with Bele Bele Rhythm Collective at NCCWSL 2016


Position Description
From October through May, the members of the AAUW-PA Student Advisory Council (SAC) serve as AAUW ambassadors, advise the AAUW-PA board on the needs of college students, and lead gender equality projects on their campuses.

SAC members also plan and deliver appropriate sections of AAUW-PA’s Annual State Meeting in April; SAC members attend as guests of the state. At the end of the term, SAC members provide a short narrative report on the successes and challenges of their SAC experiences.

Membership and Term of Office

At least one member from each of the three state districts (East, West, Central), plus up to two more, for a maximum of five. Members will serve for one academic year, approximately October through May.

Student Requirements

  • Students must be undergraduates in any year (first-year through senior) enrolled full-time in either a two- or four-year accredited College/University (C/U) AAUW Partner member school in Pennsylvania (check whether your school is a partner).
  • Members of AAUW Student Organizations will be given preference, but any undergraduate student at a C/U partner is welcome to apply.
  • Personal affiliation with AAUW is required on appointment.

Applications for the 2016-17 Student Advisory Council are now closed.

AAUW-PA is pleased to announce the 2016-17 Student Advisory Council members:

Suzanna Carnevali-Doan is a sophomore double-majoring in Spanish and Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh.

Allison Dushack is a junior majoring in Business Marketing at Robert Morris University.

Virginia Njenga is a senior Pre-Med major and minor in Women’s and Gender Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Danita Scott is a senior Pre-Law/Legal Studies major at the University of Pittsburgh.

We are thrilled to have these four remarkable and very impressive women activists working with us this year on the Student Advisory Council!”