Members! Here’s How You Can Get Involved with Leadership Programs and Campus Initiatives

Is your AAUW branch or Younger Women’s Task Force chapter looking for more ways to strengthen your connection with colleges and universities in your area? Do you want to help local students develop vital leadership skills? AAUW’s national leadership programs and campus initiatives are great tools to help you do just that, and now is the time to get involved!

It is crucial to make connections with people who want to collaborate on one or more of these programs and start reaching out to your contacts at local schools before the fall semester begins. AAUW college/university partner members are often already primed for such a collaboration; see a list of C/U partner members in your area.


Campus Action Project Grants

Five members of the University of the District of Columbia's AAUW Campus Action Project team stand with their leadership project poster for #HEARMELEAD.

UDC’s CAP team will create a mentoring program for women of color.

  • Program basics:

    These annual, grant-funded, student-led projects empower students to take action on campus on issues related to AAUW’s research. Campus teams apply for grants of up to $5,000 to implement projects during the spring semester. Up to 12 teams are selected each year.

  • How to participate:

    Be an adviser or a branch liaison to students. Campus Action Project (CAP) teams are composed of at least two undergraduate students and a campus professional, who serves as the project adviser. Additional campus professionals, graduate students, and undergraduate students are encouraged to join teams. An AAUW state or branch representative must serve as a community liaison to each CAP team.


National Student Advisory Council

2015-2016 National Student Advisory Council members at the White House

2015-2016 National Student Advisory Council members visiting the White House

  • Program basics:

    The National Student Advisory Council (SAC) is made up of 10 college students from across the country who become AAUW ambassadors and advise staff on the needs of college students. From October to June, SAC members support AAUW and our programs on their campuses, organize Equal Pay Day activities, design projects that tackle another AAUW issue of interest to them, and help plan the annual National Conference for College Women Student Leaders.

  • How to participate:

    Encourage students in your area to apply! If someone near your branch is selected, keep in touch with them by supporting their projects and inviting them to branch meetings. You can also consider working with your fellow members to start a state student advisory council.


AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshops

Student leaders at the 2016 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders attend an AAUW Start Smart salary negotiation workshop.

Student leaders at the 2016 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) attend an AAUW Start Smart salary negotiation workshop.

  • Program basics:

    AAUW Start Smart gives college women entering the job market the confidence, knowledge, and skills required to negotiate their salaries and benefits. Students leave the workshop knowing how the gender wage gap affects their lives, how to develop personal budgets based on their target salaries, how to benchmark salary and benefits, and how to negotiate their first compensation packages out of college.

  • How to participate:

    Encourage schools in your area to host a workshop. Consider working with your branch to raise funds to sponsor a workshop. Become a certified AAUW Start Smart facilitator. There is no application for AAUW Start Smart, and trainings can be scheduled any time.


National Conference for College
Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL)

2016 NCCWSL attendees hold sign, "NCCWSL empowers me to TAKE CHARGE"

2016 NCCWSL attendees

  • Program basics:

    The National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) is the premier leadership conference for college women. At the conference, participants choose from more than 50 workshops, find role models in our awardees and speakers, make connections for life, meet recruiters from more than 100 graduate schools and employers, and gain the inspiration and skills to return to their campuses and communities ready to take action.

  • How to participate:

    Encourage students to register and apply for a scholarship to attend the conference. Once students return from NCCWSL, their relationship with AAUW isn’t over: You can continue to make connections with attendees and their schools. Here are eight ways to get started. Follow NCCWSL on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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How to Recruit College/University Partner Members

AAUW college/university partner membership keeps growing and growing, and it’s no wonder. You, as members, are the best ambassadors to recruiting your local colleges and universities to join the AAUW community. So, how do you get started?

8 women in of ranging ages line up for a photo.

How to Recruit and Engage Community Colleges to Work with AAUW

AAUW has so much to offer the women — upwards of 4 million — who are relying on community colleges for higher education and workforce preparation. Learn how to effectively engage students and campus professionals at these institutions.

Members of the AAUW La Palma-Cerritos (CA) Branch spreading the word about AAUW at Cerritos College.

How to Use the Relational Recruitment Method to Grow Your Branch

Encourage members to tell others about AAUW and invite them to learn more and to come to AAUW programs.