North Central College - Naperville, IL

Two women chosen to attend national conference for student leaders

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Nora Beswick ’13 and Emily Goodfellow ’14
Nora Beswick ’13 and Emily Goodfellow ’14

Two North Central College students—Nora Beswick ’13 (photo, left) and Emily Goodfellow ’14 (right)—were selected to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md., May 31-June 2.

The annual conference is sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA), an organization that serves student affairs professionals at colleges and universities in the United States. Some 550 college and university students from around the world attended the conference, which included skill-building workshops, networking and volunteer opportunities, and inspiring speakers.

North Central’s Student Affairs Leadership team, consisting of the dean of students and directors who oversee various departments in student affairs, selected Goodfellow and Beswick after both submitted applications detailing their extensive campus involvement and reasons why they wanted to attend the conference.

Goodfellow, who’s majoring in political science and global studies/international relations, said, “Even though the conference was right before finals, I knew I wanted to go. As a political science major, I’ve never been to D.C. before, so this was a great opportunity. I got to visit Capitol Hill and hear from female staffers who are working with U.S. senators.”

Beswick, a double major in French and organizational communication, said, “A highlight for me was connecting with peers. We got to meet people from all over the world. Language is a love of my life and it was thrilling to speak in different languages with others who are as involved with it as me. The whole experience confirmed that I can do what I want to do because others are doing it.”

“The women of distinction session,” said Goodfellow, “was a highlight for me. We got to see and listen to iconic women like Lilly Ledbetter who’s fought for equal rights and equal pay in the workplace. It makes you confident that you too can lead and accomplish much.”

Both women agreed that the experience made them feel empowered, more aware and wanting to focus on what they’re learning in their classes and doing on campus.

Goodfellow is a peer health educator working with the College’s Dyson Wellness Center to plan and implement alcohol awareness and suicide prevention events, weekly health awareness activities, and a campuswide Wellness Fair. A member of the Blue Key Honor Society and a research assistant for a professor, she participates in the weekly worship service Focus and helps direct a popular Saturday night program for students. She will study abroad in Scotland at the University of Dundee in fall 2012.

Beswick is a student ambassador in the Office of Admission, former president and district board member of Circle K International, co-president of the French Club, membership chair for the Blue Key Honor Society, a College Scholar, publicity chair for Break Away service trips, member of Cardinal Dance and a participant in Focus. She will study abroad at the Universite Catholique de L’Ouest in Angers, France, in fall 2012.  

Goodfellow’s participation was sponsored by the local chapter of the AAUW and Beswick by North Central’s Office of Student Affairs.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches and 600 college/university institution partners. For 130 years, AAUW’s mission has been to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.