The UT Austin Girl Up campus group, chartered in the fall of 2014 by campus leader Sunita Rao, is one of Girl Up’s most active campus groups in our network. Sunita got involved with Girl Up because she felt our organization was one that truly makes an impact on girls around the globe.
“Girl Up is a unique campaign in that it not only targets education for girls but also leadership development for these young women, which is so important.”
Sunita has been a powerhouse leader. She started by creating a strong board to share responsibility of the ever-growing campus group. With 15 core members, UT Austin can tackle both the campus advocacy and fundraising challenges. To kick off the school year, Sunita sent out a personal fundraising appeal through the UT Austin fundraising page to her family and friends, raising more than $1,000for Girl Up.
And that was just the beginning.
The UT Austin Girl Up board worked diligently all semester to become officially recognized by their school and recruit new members. The officer team consists of Taral Patel, Courtney Groos, Jenna Nelson and Amy Favela. In November, the club held its first awareness event to raise the profile of the club and educate students on Girl Up’s impact around the world. Sunita interviewed Girl Up staff member Julie Willig for an engaging discussion on the plight of adolescent girls in developing countries, gender gaps in education and data collection, and the importance of political advocacy to create large-scale change for adolescent girls.
For the spring semester, UT Austin Girl Up is ready to kick things into high gear, increasing membership and partnering with other clubs for events.
Y’all ain’t seen nothing yet.