Women's Connection Honors Two Ashford University Students

Organization's mission is to inspire, educate, connect and empower women

Ashford University students Jerrika Castillo of Coralville, IA and Heather McCue of Rock Falls, IL were among 15 outstanding regional women who were recently honored for their exceptional leadership initiative, high academic achievement and for making a difference in their school and community. The Ashford pair was recognized on March 8 when nearly 300 women leaders gathered for the Women’s Connection “Women in Leadership” event in Davenport, IA.

“The purpose of the ‘Women’s Connection’ Emerging Women Leaders Recognition Program is to raise up and honor regional female collegiate students who are excelling as leaders both academically and within their communities,” said Women’s Connection executive director Colleen Rafferty. “We believe it’s important to bring along the next generation of women leaders.”

Castillo is a senator on Ashford’s Student Government Association (SGA) and has served on its homecoming committee. She is also a resident assistant, a member of the AU dance team and plays on the university’s soccer team. 

McCue is a former senator on Ashford’s SGA and is currently the organization’s advisor. She was a member of the SGA homecoming committee and the Ashford Psychology Club. She played volleyball at Ashford.

Women’s Connection is one of the largest women’s organizations in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. The organization’s mission is to inspire, educate, connect and empower women.


About Ashford University

Ashford University is defining the modern college experience by combining the heritage of a traditional campus with the flexibility and effectiveness of online learning. The University provides a vibrant learning community where high-quality programs and leading-edge technology create a dynamic, immersive and stimulating learning experience. Ashford University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (www.ncahlc.org). The University offers practical and progressive associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs online, as well as bachelor’s degree programs at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. Ashford University – where heritage meets innovation. For more information, please visit www.ashford.edu or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.