AAWCC offers leadership opportunities for women

Victoria Stephens

The American Association for Women in Community Colleges is a national professional development organization dedicated to the advancement of women in leadership and education. Goals of AAWCC include addressing stereotyping, classism and access for women.

The Lane Community College chapter is open to all LCC employees and students. The membership is $10 for employees but is waived for students. Currently there are 70 members largely composed of managers, administrators, classified employees and some faculty members.

“Recruitment for student membership has not been as successful as in the past,” AAWCC Executive Committee President Siv Serene Barnum said. “We do invite students to become members as their perspective, energy, ideas and involvement have a significant impact on our members.”

“We provide an avenue for women on campus to participate in practicing their presentation and leadership skills in a safe environment,” she said. The group does this in fun ways, such as a talent show fundraiser, a trip to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the University of Oregon campus and first Friday art walks as a group. Last year they had a Valentine’s Day exchange, and during the holidays they sang Christmas songs.

Despite exclusively promoting women, Barnum said a few men go to professional development events and conferences.

Each year AAWCC selects a student at LCC to receive a scholarship with funds raised through events throughout the year. Barnum said the AAWCC scholarship is offered through the Lane Foundation with additional questions posed that focus on the applicant’s leadership and community involvement.

“I was personally so fortunate to have experienced the leadership training opportunity from Oregon Institute for Leadership Development through the benefit of a scholarship,” Phoebe Anderson, former Executive Board Officer and current AAWCC member said.

Several events are planned for the fall including a walk at the Pond Lily Trail at Mt. Pisgah, the AAWCC State Fall Conference “Proceed and Be Bold” on Nov. 6 & 7 and a presentation by Dawn DeWolf, Interim VP of Academic and Student Affairs about her trip to Peru on Nov. 14.

AAWCC meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the boardroom in Building 3 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. These meetings are open to all women. For information on becoming a member of AAWCC on campus contact Siv Serene Barnum at barnums@lanecc.edu.

More information about this and other groups can be found on Student Life and Leadership Development’s club and organization web site: