AAUW Welcomes 10 New Members to the National Student Advisory Council

October 26, 2016


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Ryan Burwinkel, burwinkelr@aauw.org

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WASHINGTON — The American Association of University Women (AAUW) announced the 10 inspiring student leaders who were selected to serve on its 2016–17 National Student Advisory Council (SAC). This powerful group of politicians, scientists, writers, educators, engineers, nonprofit founders, and AAUW student organization leaders will serve as AAUW ambassadors and lead gender equality projects on their college and university campuses.

The new SAC members are Aku Acquaye, Barnard College; Julia Alford, State University of New York, Albany; Sapphire Andersen, University of Nebraska, Omaha; Saleha Azmi, Bowling Green State University; Dania Baraka, Wayne State University; Sarah Best, University of Pittsburgh; Linh Anh Cat, University of California, Irvine; Sanah Jivani, University of Texas, San Antonio; Brooke Lopez, University of Texas, Dallas; and Sabrina Ridenour, West Virginia University.

“These 10 change makers from campuses across the country are using their voices to empower women and girls in their communities,” said AAUW Vice President of Leadership Programs and Campus Initiatives, Abigail Lewis. “We can’t wait for them to build on that and change the leadership climate for women and girls everywhere.”

Selected from a highly competitive applicant pool, SAC members advise AAUW on the needs of college students, organize their own campus projects, and assist with AAUW’s National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. Former SAC members have gone on to win accolades, including Glamour’s Top 10 College Women and Bustle’s Upstart Awards, and continue their advocacy locally and globally.

The group gathered for a leadership retreat in Washington, D.C., this past weekend to learn more about how they can empower students on their campuses, design a yearlong leadership development plan, and create strategies to take action in their communities.


The American Association of University Women (AAUW) empowers women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States in more than 2,000 communities and campuses. Since AAUW’s founding in 1881, our members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Learn more and join us at www.aauw.org.


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