Calling all Branches: you can make a difference – start by giving your high school students a voice on this topic. Host a Speech Trek!
The 2021-2022 Speech Trek Topic:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Declaration of Independence, 1776
In just five years from now, on July 4, 2026, the US will mark the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. As this milestone anniversary approaches, the conversation around diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) appears to be intensifying throughout society.
Has the United States lived up to its pledge of “liberty and justice for all”? Would requiring the study of diversity, equity and inclusion in a high school setting help ensure liberty and justice for all?
Host a Speech Trek at your branch and find out!
Speech Trek Policies and Procedures
For more information, please email Marlene Cain, AAUW California Speech Trek Program Director at [email protected].
Prior Year First Place Winners:
- 2021 Lilian Chang, California Online
- 2020 Olivia Berman, Lompoc-Vandenberg
- 2019 Dominique Ruedaflores, Alhambra
- 2018 Caroline Irving, Redlands
- 2017 Nikhita Gopisetty, Morgan Hill
- 2016 Sharon Lu, Alhambra/San Gabriel
- 2015 Emma Harrington, Napa
- 2014 Anneka Sonstroem, Stockton
- 2013 Pavin Trinh, Alhambra/San Gabriel
- 2012 Kyron Richards, Sacramento
- 2011 Emily Shumway, Sonora
- 2010 Melanie Nadon, East San Gabriel
- 2009 Alexandria Aiello, Porterville
- 2008 Heidi Medema, Oakdale/Riverbank/Escalon
- 2007 Anna Torres, Roseville/So Placer