University Administrator Finds That NCCWSL Inspires … Her
This year was my first time attending the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, and it was a tremendously meaningful time with our students. To see them interact with their peers from institutions throughout the country and to hear about the endeavors taking place on other campuses was powerful and motivating for everyone. As a higher education professional invested in student development, I took great pleasure in seeing all the positive energy generated throughout the conference, from the planning committee to the participants to the speakers.
My students found the conference valuable in many ways, especially the contact with professionals in their future career areas, the empowerment to find their voice, the students they met and are staying connected to, and the motivation that energized them as they returned to campus. The conference was directed to our students but, as a professional, I was able to apply the messages to myself as well. This, in turn, has helped me support our students by finding and using my voice.
Attending this conference helped our students set goals and organize their group. Plans for the new academic year are in the works, and I am confident that they are eager and committed to accomplishing their goals of recruiting additional members of their AAUW student organization and building their group on campus through community networking, information sessions, meet-and-greet events, service engagement opportunities, and participation in campus events. Their motivation is admirable, and I’m thankful to be a part of it.
This post was written by Phyllis Floro, an administrator at the State University of New York at Buffalo, who attended and was inspired by the 2013 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders with seven students and another administrator.