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2015 NCCWSL Report – Steffini Amezquita

I am so thankful to the AAUW Nevada for giving me the chance to attend the NCCWSL conference in College Park, Maryland! At this conference I was able to meet hundreds of people from every single walk of life, and I have made life long friends! Every day we had a different keynote speaker, and my favorite was Maysoon Zayid. I had seen her TedTalk before the conference, so to meet this inspirational women was incredible! There were also many incredible workshops to choose from. Through these workshops I learned how to manage stress, accept cultural differences, and raise sexual assault awareness on my campus.

I have taken away so much from this conference. It taught me that I can do whatever I set my mind to, and how important it is to always support your peers. There was never a time during those four days where anyone talked down to anyone, and it is in that type of supportive environment that a person will thrive. I will now finish up my senior year at UNR as a more empowered woman. Then, thanks to the grad-school fair that NCCSWL put on, I have found my dream school, and I plan on attending SIT graduate institute within the next few years!  

Steffini and NCCWSL Friends Steffini & Maysoon Zayid

Public Policy Program


The Public Policy Program underscores AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research and speaks to women’s needs, aspirations, and concerns across the life span. The work of AAUW builds upon more than 130 years of responsible public participation, and the following principles provide a basis for AAUW members’ actions at the local, state, national, and international levels. Implicit in each of our principles is support for government agencies administering programs, including adequate appropriations, effective and accountable administration, and provision for citizen participation. We advocate public discussion to ensure enlightened decisions on these principles. We work to increase the number of underrepresented populations, including women, in policy- and other decision-making positions. AAUW is committed to working in partnership with diverse allies and coalitions to break through educational and economic barriers for women and girls.

For more information, review the Principles and Priorities of the public policy program.