Congratulations to the Los Altos-Mountain View for their September outstanding mission-based program “Roominatetoy”. It featured Bettina Chen from Cal Tech who spoke about inspiring girls as artists, architects, engineers and visionaries.
The Citrus Heights-American River branch was awarded the outstanding October “Program of the Month” by the AAUW CA program committee. The public policy committee hosted this branch program featuring the McGeorge School of Law Students in regards to the propositions.
The students presented an objective view of what changes the propositions will make – the legal, financial and unintended consequences of passage and any constitutional issues arising from passage. After the presentation, the audience had an opportunity to ask questions. Congratulations to CHAR for this innovative approach.
The Oakland-Piedmont branch with co-host Holy Names High School held a program that explores routes from college to a successful career in a STEM field.
A panel discussed their backgrounds, what it’s like for a young woman to work in STEM fields today, what they wish they had known as students, and their advice for the next generation of STEM career women.
Among the panelists were young women early in their careers as:
- a biofuels researcher from the Joint BioEnergy Institute
- a software engineer from Google
- a manager at Black Girls CODE
- a representative from GoldieBlox
Panel Moderator: Linda Kekelis is an AAUW Oakland-Piedmont Branch member and CEO of Techbridge, an organization that inspires girls to discover a passion for technology, science and engineering. This program was for middle school, high school and community college students, as well as their parents, teachers and mentors.,
There were no branch mission-based programs for December since AAUW CA branches traditionally gather together for their holiday parties. Many branches use this time of the year to raise funds for local charities, sending local girls to tech trek, or solicit funds for AAUW like NCWSSL, Legal Advocacy, etc. The Program Committee would like to acknowledge every branch and the good works they do all year long!
The AAUW CA Program Committee selected the North Valley IBC as the January Program of the Month. Their program featuring Dr. Kimberly Perry speaking about gender equity, sexual harassment policies and curriculum on the community college campuses is very timely.
Congratulations to the tri-branches’ February program on “YWCA’s Fifty Plus Employment Support Program for Women”. This program was chosen for the February Program of the Month. Well done, branches!
The March Program of the Month goes to the Oakdale-Riverbank-Escalon-Turlock branches for their joint program of “Ending the Culture of Violence on school and college campuses”.
The branches further partnered with the Stanislaus County League of Women Voters, Delta Kappa Gamma and the Stanislaus County Office of Education to present a FREE panel discussion and resource fair on ending the culture of violence on school and college campuses.
Panel members include Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson, Office of Education Superintendent Tom Changnon, University of the Pacific Vice President for Student Life Patrick Day, Oakdale Police Chief Lester Jenkins, Family Justice Center Executive Director Tom Ciccarelli, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Director Dr. Madelyn Schlaepfer. Representatives from community agencies will be available to provide information about their work in this area. 500+ were in attendance.
The Redlands’ branch is to be commended for their mission-based programs in the new year! Their program in April was outstanding – “Not Every GI Is a Joe: Caring for Women Veterans”. The speaker was Linda Royal, a women’s health nurse practitioner who has dedicated over twenty-five year of her career to women’s health and their care.
Additionally, their STEM conference in February was attended by 600 girls and 50 young women attended their “Elect Her” at the University of Redlands and Crafton Hills College.
Congratulations to the Humboldt branch for their outstanding mission-based program for May. Humboldt’s program was “Encouraging Women to Succeed in Community Colleges”. Their speaker was Dr. Angelina Hill from College of the Redwoods. Dr. Hill has an extensive background in institutional research, planning and accreditation. She has a wealth of knowledge about College of the Redwoods. More women than ever before (upwards of 4 million) are relying on community colleges for higher education and workforce preparation. AAUW recently released a report that includes best practices and policies to help them succeed.