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 2018 grants.

Abby Blank, an undergraduate studying Nursing at Bucks County Community College
Argentina Bonilla, an undergraduate studying Sociology and Women’s Studies at St. Francis University
Amy Chen, an undergraduate studying Political Science at Juniata College
Alyssa Flannery, an undergraduate studying Political Science at Moravian College
Emma Hutchman, an undergraduate studying History and English at Moravian College
Isabela Madrigil, an undergraduate studying Computer Science and Communications at Lehigh University
Gillian Williams, an undergraduate studying Public Policy at the University of Delaware

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.

Whet your appetite now by reading personal highlights from our 2017 AAUW-PA NCCWSL Grant winners:

“The major highlights for me were the following: 1. Touring the United States Capitol and meeting with women in conference rooms in the capitol where they described how their education and work experiences led to leadership positions on Capitol Hill and their roles in the development of federal budgets and legislation.; 2. Attending the presentations given by the  “2017 AAUW Women of Distinction” awardees  where they shared personal, passionate stories about overcoming adversity and improving the lives of women as well as encouraged us to advocate for ourselves and others.; and 3.  Building a network of mentors and peers who shared my interests in health equity and issues and policies affecting women. I enjoyed my conversations with the conference leaders and the conference attendees!” —Alison E. Simmons, Brown University

“It was a great experience to attend the conference! I enjoyed all of the workshops, presentations, lectures and activities which made me aware of my capability as a women and leader. Thank you very much for making such an amazing experience possible for me!” —Hediya Ozkan, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

“NCCWSL is all about empowering future women leaders. Yet, what I quickly discovered was that the events, workshops, and lectures could not measure up to the sheer power of being around a large group of strong, intelligent women had. Being in the presence of these women not only gave me comfort and security, but it made me even more confident that the future is female.  I loved hearing about how different AAUW groups on campuses throughout the world have found success, and I plan on taking their success stories and using them to gain success in my AAUW Pitt chapter.” —Olivia Kelley, University of Pittsburgh

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


Position Description
The AAUW-PA Student Advisory Council (SAC) serves from October – May each year.  The members of the AAUW-PA Student Advisory Council (SAC) serve as AAUW ambassadors and lead gender equality projects on their campuses. The SAC also advises the AAUW-PA State Board on the needs of college students. In 2018-19 we are making some exciting enhancements to the SAC.   In order to create a more active way for the SAC members to advise the PA State Board we will have a SAC member on a rotating bases participate in AAUW-PA board meetings.

As reported in the May 2018 Keystoner the AAUW-PA board of directors has decided to go to a one state meeting per year format.   In the new model AAUW-PA Conventions would occur in April in even-numbered years and the Summer Retreat would occur in July in odd-numbered years.  The AAUW-PA board of directors at the July 2018 Board meeting saw this as an opportunity to engage the SAC and create greater opportunity for the SAC to advise the AAUW-PA State Board on the needs and interests of college students.  In the odd number years the SAC will attend the AAUW-PA State April board meeting.  In order to create leadership skills for the entire SAC, the April 2019 board meeting will also serve as a platform for the SAC members to present to the board, attend the board meeting and have some programing specific to the SAC.  SAC members will attend these leadership annual meetings as a guest of the state.

In even-number years the SAC members will plan and deliver appropriate sections of AAUW-PA’s Annual State Meeting in April, and have programming specific to students.

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

The SAC will consist of 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 are available now and have a deadline of October 5, 2018 by 5:00 PM to be submitted.  Go to for application

THANK YOU to the 2017-18 Student Advisory Council members: Bria Bowman from West Chester University, Natalia Hazelwood from Penn State University World Campus, Shaina Hilsey from California University of Pennsylvania, Sofino Odero from Dickinson College.

THANK YOU to the 2016-17 Student Advisory Council members: Suzanna Carnevali-Doan from the University of Pittsburgh, Allison Dushack from Robert Morris University, Virginia Njenga from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Danita Scott from the University of Pittsburgh.

CONGRATULATIONS to Sarah Best, a senior at the University of Pittsburgh, for serving as a member on the 2016-2017 Student Advisory Council. Learn more about her.