Stanford senior tapped for AAUW National Student Advisory Council

Rhiannon Tomtishen SAC
Stanford senior Rhiannon Tomtishen (bottom row, second from left) and other members of the 2017–18 AAUW National Student Advisory Council. (Image courtesy of AAUW)

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) announced that Stanford senior RHIANNON TOMTISHEN was selected as a member of the 2017–18 National Student Advisory Council (SAC). The program gives college students the unique opportunity to advise the national organization on leading issues taking place on their campuses while providing them with valuable leadership skills.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to unite with campus leaders from across the country who are similarly passionate about AAUW’s mission of empowering women,” said Tomtishen. “I am inspired by the remarkable work of my fellow SAC members in their communities; I cannot wait to learn from and collaborate with this incredible group of women. As a college senior watching graduation quickly approach, I personally hope to use this experience to begin the transition away from my campus-specific efforts to a new form of advocacy that addresses women’s issues more broadly.”

The SAC program is a part of AAUW’s robust leadership programs and campus initiatives, which provide thousands of college women with the tools they need to join the next generation of leaders. Participants have the opportunity to represent the diverse voices of students at a national level in the fight for gender equity. Through campus activism projects and community outreach to AAUW student organizations, SAC members develop leadership skills and gain valuable résumé-building experiences. Participants also serve as mentors for other aspiring student leaders during AAUW’s annual National Conference for College Women Student Leaders.

“AAUW has a long history of supporting tomorrow’s trailblazers, leaders and innovators, and this year’s Student Advisory Council is no different,” said Kimberly Churches, the chief executive officer at AAUW. “We are proud to provide these outstanding students with the resources and skills necessary to break down their own barriers while creating positive change in their communities.”

Applications are currently closed but interested parties can sign up to be notified when 2018–19 academic year applications open.

To view this year’s Student Advisory Council members, visit AAUW.