Eva Rodriguez, a first generation Latina student at Boise State University, has been selected to serve on the prestigious Student Advisory Council (SAC) for the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Rodriguez will travel to Washington, D.C. in early November where she will attend a leadership retreat and meet the nine other students chosen from throughout the country to serve on the 2017-2018 council.
Rodriguez is a political science major in her senior year and plans to attend graduate school. Her goal is to work in Regional and Urban Planning. She was a participant in the National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership Idaho in 2017 and is active in Alpha Pi Sigma, a sorority founded to support the Latino community.
SAC members advise AAUW on issues of importance to collegiate women, represent AAUW in their communities and serve as peer leaders at the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) held in May. NCCWSL attracts close to a 1,000 college students a year from around the country and features a variety of speakers ranging from advocates Chelsea Clinton and Lily Ledbetter to artists, athletes, and entrepreneurs. As a peer advocate, Rodriguez will have an active role in helping to plan and lead the 2018 event.
Boise State Professor Lori Hausegger nominated Rodriguez for the position. “Eva engages fully in everything she undertakes,” said Hausegger.” She has overcome many challenges, pushed herself out of her comfort zone and excelled in her pursuit to further her interests and her community.”
Research suggests that women are just as likely as men to be elected when they run for an office; however, they are considerably less likely to run. Women typically need to be asked multiple times before they will seek public office so programs such as AAUW’s Student Advisory Committee are instrumental in ensuring more women participate.