AAUW Alumnae Exchange: Connecting Alumnae One Click at a Time

November 20, 2009

Since I started working with the AAUW alumnae initiative in 2008, I have had the pleasure of telling the stories of more than 50 fellowships and grants alumnae who have been doing amazing work since their fellowship year. The exciting part is that, because AAUW has funded more than 10,000 women since the first fellowship in 1888, there are so many more stories yet to be told.

In researching stories, I have called everywhere from Pakistan to Brazil and met women from Moldova to Zimbabwe. I have chatted with a NASA scientist and a United Nations volunteer coordinator. I have heard the stories of women who have surmounted unbelievable hardships to reach their dreams, and I have collected invaluable advice about how they did it. A common theme among the alumnae is that they are looking for ways to give back and to help those who are following in their footsteps.

AAUW Alumnae ExchangeAAUW is proud to present the newest tool for connecting these incredible women: a social networking community called AAUW Alumnae Exchange. This online community is a place for fellowships and grants alumnae to exchange ideas, stories, resources, and more. To stay up to date with AAUW’s fellowships and grant alumnae, stay tuned to www.aauw.org/alumnae.

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  1. GB GB says:

    This looks like a great opportunity for alumnae to connect! I am looking forward to hearing more about the incredible women that AAUW has supported. Great work Mandy.

  2. Jan Mitchell says:

    Our Community Action grant was for, Latinas al Éxito, a project initiated by AAUW-Iowa with the vision of eliminating barriers that keep young Latinas from college and, in turn, motivating students for educational achievement and equipping a more educated workforce. We (1) encourage Latinas at the 8th grade level to consider education beyond high school and (2) empower Latinas who have college experience in leadership roles as important steps toward economic equity for Latino families and stability for their communities.

    We are currently in the process of transitioning to Latinas/Latinos al Éxito with a Board of Directors and are ready to file Articles of Incorporation as a 501(3)c so we can secure funding to sustain the current projects and expand to additional locations in Iowa. We currently have Latinas projects in five school districts and are piloting a Latinos project as a response to requests from Latino families involved in our projects. We hope to secure enough funding to support a couple more projects by next year and to hire a part-time executive director.

    AAUW’s founders initiated a cultural shift that recognized women’s ability to succeed through higher education and assume productive roles in society. In this century, in this and the next decade, immigrant Latinas are our disenfranchised sisters, whose access to higher education is limited by culturally-shaped educational and economic barriers. Latinas al Éxito works within the culture to break through the barriers and encourage Latinas to pursue higher education and assume productive roles in society. By adding Latinos in parallel projects, we believe we will broaden advocacy for expanded roles for both Latinas and Latinos.

    I am interested in hearing about other projects that have similar goals.

    • Tana says:

      PLEASE have Jan contact me so we can continue the Latina al exito program in our community!

    • Jan,

      We MUST collaborate. I’m a Berkeley-educated Latina, a former military officer and aviator and AAUW Career Development Grant fellow. Three years ago, I created a publishing company in the San Francisco Bay area to publish literature that showcases the stories of successful Latinas (and Latinos) that mainstream publishers and media will not show us; then as keynote speaker, I tell our stories around the nation at conferences, universities, institutes and schools.

      We have launched two Amazon Bestselling books in two years, the latest a bilingual children’s book titled “Good Night Captain Mama / Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá” inspired by my little boy when he say me in my flight suit. 🙂

      Please contact me through http://www.latinnovating.com (1st book) or via http://www.captainmama.com (new children’s book.) I look forward to chatting soon!

      Graciela Tiscareño-Sato
      Chief Creative Officer
      Gracefully Global Group LLC

  3. Mandy says:

    Another interesting project you might want to look into is the Frida Kahlo Institute founded by former AAUW grant recipient Marie-Elena Reyes. She is interested in working with Latinas in transition periods. You can read her profile at http://blog-aauw.org/2009/09/11/meet-marie-elena-reyes-founder-of-the-frida-kahlo-institute/.

  4. TB says:

    Hi, Jan. Thanks for your response. Could you contact me via my personal e-mail, since there is much I’d like to discuss with you? ~TB

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