Minnesota State University, Mankato student named to advisory council for women’s organization
Kerry Diekmann included in council for the American Association of University Women
MANKATO, Minn.-(Nov. 30, 2010) – Minnesota State University, Mankato doctoral student Kerry Diekmann is among 10 members named to the National Student Advisory Council for the American Association of University Women.
Diekmann, program coordinator for the university’s Women’s Center, is the only representative from a Minnesota school on the national council.
“It’s kind of a neat opportunity for our school to be represented,” Diekmann said.
The AAUW is composed of a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university institutional partners.
According to www.aauw.org, the mission of the organization “advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.”
Diekmann will contribute to the organization by providing information on student needs and thoughts on how to fight gender inequality in university and workplace settings. She will promote the AAUW on campus and will have the opportunity to represent students at the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders in June in Washington, D.C.
Since the fall of 2009, Diekmann has been involved with the Women’s Center on campus. She joined the office as a graduate assistant and has done a lot to help organize programs and events for the organization.
“I really believe in the mission of the Women’s Center,” she said.
Wanda Viento, director of the Women’s Center, wrote a letter of recommendation for Diekmann to be nominated to the council. It was her first letter of this type, and she’s never known anyone from any school she’s worked at who’s been named to the council.
“I knew that she’d be a great representative on a national level,” Viento said.
Viento emphasized the impact Diekmann’s nomination will have on campus by saying that the concerns of women at MSU will be heard in Washington, D.C., and that the school now has a direct link to an organization on a national level.
Diekmann is looking forward to the opportunity to develop and become more intentional in her leadership skills. However, her most important goal is to continue to work for women’s equality now and in the future.