Welcome to the Green Valley AAUW branch!
AAUW (American Association of University Women) has been empowering women since 1881. AAUW is a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university partners. Since its founding, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day – educational, social, economic, and political. Our commitment to our mission is reflected in all aspects of our work.
To advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
AAUW works in partnership with diverse allies and participates in a coalition of women’s groups that lobby Congress on bills and resolutions that benefit women and families.
AAUW advocates equality, individual rights and social justice for a diverse society.
AAUW advocates for all women to achieve economic self-sufficiency.
AAUW supports a strong system of public education that promotes gender fairness, equity, and diversity.
AAUW supports vigorous enforcement of Title IX and all other civil rights laws pertaining to education.
Our charitable efforts include offering scholarships to Pima Community College students and supporting AAUW National Funds. These contributions are made possible by donations and fundraising activities.
October Program Meeting
Tuesday, October 17, 2017, Desert Hills Social Center, 9:00 a.m. social time, 9:30 a.m. program
Program: Honduras, Gang Violence and Migration
Nancy Montoya, a winner of a Pulitzer Prize Broadcast Award, is the Arizona Public Media specialist on border issues, particularly DACA and DAPA. After spending July, 2017, in Honduras, she will share in pictures and video what she learned about MS-13 gang violence and its role in migration.
Our branch has a new, board approved, community outreach project. Beginning in October, we will be collecting non-food items at every program meeting for donation to the Sahuarita Food Bank. The food bank is in great need of items such as diapers, wipes, sanitary napkins, toilet paper, and other personal care products.
Each month, in coordination with the food bank’s needs, we will select a specific item for collection. Having one product to concentrate on each month will make it easier to remember and to know what to purchase.
Your contributions are entirely voluntary and no one is expected to bring something every month.
For our October 17th meeting, we will be collecting disposable baby diapers. All sizes from newborn to toddler are needed. We will send out an email reminder closer to our meeting date.
Thank you for helping out families in need.
Fall Issue of AAUW-AZ Sun:
Gail Garrison at AAUW’s National Convention in Washington, DC
June 14-17, 2017
What a memorable experience! Fourteen women representing seven AAUW Arizona branches attended the National Convention in Washington, DC this past June.
Most of us arrived on Wednesday in time for the evening presentation by Judy Woodruff of PBS News, who spoke of the challenges of keeping up with the constantly changing news of the day with emphasis on fair and accurate reporting.
Thursday was AAUW Lobby Day at the Capitol. Tasked with presenting AAUW’s position on the issues of Title IX and Women and Student Loan Debt, we met as a group with staffers from Senator McCain’s and Senator Flake’s offices, and three of us met personally with Congresswoman McSally. Concerns were expressed about these issues and support requested. Research materials and fact sheets were left with our legislators.
All day Friday and Saturday morning were spent in workshops with many topics ranging from counterpart sessions to using social media, community engagement, building self-esteem for girls, and the status of the Equal Rights Amendment.
A highlight of the Convention is always the Awards Banquet held on Friday evening. Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor was AAUW’s 2017 Achievement Awardee. Instead of speaking from a podium, she chose to wander through the hotel ballroom filled with over 800 attendees (followed by three Secret Service members) answering questions from the new AAUW CEO Kimberly Churches, while at the same time greeting, shaking hands, and receiving hugs from audience members, making for a truly moving and personal experience.
The next National Convention, usually held every two years in either DC or another location throughout the US, will not be held until 2020 in line with the 100th anniversary of passage of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. I know it will be another memorable experience. I plan to attend and hope it will be possible for others of you also.
Scholarship Awards, 2017
Four scholarships were awarded to Pima Community College students at our May, 2017 meeting. Only one student, Karen Kuciver, could attend that meeting as the other three were busy with final exams. See our Scholarship page for details.
New Elected Board Members for 2017-18
Honored Members, April 2017