This communication is for the branches who will be participating in AAUW California’s 2020 Tech Trek Camps and who plan to send campers to the Southern California-based camps which will be open for business. Those are:
- UC Santa Barbara (Blackwell & Hypatia)
- UC San Diego
- Whittier College
This message is not for branches who will be sending campers only to UC Davis, Fresno State, Sonoma State, and Stanford.
As we have communicated in monthly editions of AAUW California’s Board to Board (B2B), the UC Irvine camp will be closed in 2020, resulting in a 20% decrease in bed availability. AAUW California Tech Trek moved as quickly as possible to provide an equitable solution to the loss of UC Irvine, with a key goal of giving branches sufficient time to incorporate it into upcoming project activities and communications before school contact begins. To mitigate this space issue, the AAUW California Tech Trek Executive Committee will implement a one-time adjustment based on the number of campers who attended from each branch as reported on the Camp Directors’ reports.
The formula for the adjustment was developed as a mathematical solution to the loss of UC Irvine space – the worthiness of selected campers and/or the schools serviced was not a factor. We understand all of the nominees are worthy and that all of the branches work with schools which support and validate the Tech Trek Project. In addition, the SoCal camp leaders have reviewed and accepted this solution. We are grateful that two of the camps (UCSD and Whittier) have agreed to negotiate for additional bed space, but the results of those requests won’t be known until early 2020.
Please review the report of 2020 CAMPER ALLOTMENTS BY BRANCH HERE.
Based on the agreed-upon formula, branches that sent fewer than 5 campers in 2019 will not be further restricted, as they already account for more than a fair portion of the 20% reduction.
In order to implement a smooth transition to 2020 planning, we ask that branch Tech Trek coordinators not request special consideration from Camp Directors for additional space. Camp Directors will not have the capacity to change branch adjustments and will work to ensure that final distribution of branch bed space is in compliance with the formula.
We thank you in advance for your continued support of Tech Trek and we anticipate that all of us will work together to ensure every branch contributes fairly to this one-time solution.
If you have questions, please contact us at: [email protected]. Susan is traveling and can be reached at: 714.402.1322
Thanks for your support!
Susan Negretea and Alice Hill
AAUW California State Co-Coordinators: Tech Trek Program