AAUW Mission & Action — August 2012

AAUW NEWS AND EVENTS

One Member, One Vote Site Is Open for Business
AAUW business, that is! Now through November 15, all members can help shape AAUW’s future by proposing and commenting on bylaws amendments and resolutions through the One Member, One Vote website. The AAUW Public Policy Program will be posted for comment in October. In the spring, members will vote on the proposed changes and for officers for the national AAUW Board of Directors. Questions? Read the FAQ!

Could You Be on AAUW’s Board of Directors? Not Unless You Apply!
AAUW needs dedicated, hardworking, creative, and forward-thinking team players to serve on the 2013–15 AAUW Board of Directors. Apply today! The deadline to submit your application is October 1, 2012.

Two Great Ideas for It’s My Vote Activities
AAUW of Michigan members successfully registered 104 voters and 34 new volunteers while actresses and legislators performed The Vagina Monologues on the steps of the Michigan Capitol to protest anti-choice language on the state’s House floor. Meanwhile, AAUW Director of Public Policy Lisa Maatz recently joined a bipartisan panel of female Idaho legislators and candidates at an event called Women and Politics in Idaho and the Nation, part of the state’s It’s My Vote campaign. What is your branch doing to make sure women go the polls this November?

Bring Tech Trek to Your Community in 2013!
AAUW is expanding the enormously successful Tech Trek camp model from AAUW of California. Five new Tech Trek sites will be selected for 2013. Branches, national members, and state leadership groups are encouraged to apply to bring this exciting STEM program to girls in their communities. The application process opens online later this month. E-mail stem@aauw.org to receive an overview of the process and a reminder to apply.

Fox TV Features AAUW’s Lisa Maatz and Crossing the Line
AAUW Director of Public Policy Lisa Maatz brought AAUW’s latest research on sex-based bullying and harassment in schools to Fox viewers in Washington, D.C. Maatz said that most kids are harassed but don’t tell anyone. AAUW sent letters to 10 of the largest U.S. school districts asking that they correct their reports of zero incidents of sexual harassment. How well is your school district doing?

AAUW ON CAMPUS

Thank You, AAUW of Maryland!
In 2013 — for the third year in a row — AAUW of Maryland will sponsor the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders. To honor esteemed AAUW of Maryland leader Barbara Fetterhoff, the group is the platinum sponsor of the inspiring Women of Distinction ceremony at NCCWSL. Add your support today!

Apply for College Leadership Programs in Your Community
Join us on August 27 at 7 p.m. EDT for a conference call on how you can get involved in three AAUW campus-based leadership programs: Campus Action Projects, Elect Her, and the Student Advisory Council. Applications for 2012–13 and information about these programs will be available on August 27 on the AAUW website. RSVP to leadership@aauw.org by August 23 to participate and receive conference call information. It’s a do-not-miss!

Campus Action Projects Make a Difference
The Dakota State University Campus Action Project team used drama and digital storytelling to start discussions about sexual harassment with eighth graders. They recently posted the videos and other resources online for anyone to use. Applications for the 2012–13 CAP grants will be online August 27. This year’s topic is the gender pay gap and student debt. Help make this important information accessible to students in your community!

Introduce Students to AAUW by Encouraging e-SAF Registrations
Students at AAUW college/university partner member schools are eligible for free e-student affiliation! Encourage undergraduate students at partner member schools to receive great AAUW benefits by filling out a simple form on the AAUW website.

Is Your College/University an AAUW Partner?
Is your alma mater an AAUW partner member? Visit the online directory to check and, if not, use these tips to encourage schools in your community to join today and give their students the competitive edge of being an AAUW e-student affiliate. New college/university partner members can still join at a special rate of $130 until November 30, 2012.

AAUW’s 130th Anniversary Grad Student Rate
Graduate students can join at the special 130th Anniversary rate for just $18.81 through June 30, 2013. With more than $4 million in fellowships and grants awarded annually, a variety of member discounts, and a nationwide network of more than 150,000 members and supporters, AAUW provides opportunities that graduate students can’t afford to miss!

MEMBER NEWS AND RESOURCES

Does Your Website Recruit Members?
Growing your membership can be tough, but recruitment is a breeze for the AAUW Casas Adobes Tucson (AZ) Branch. With assistance from Site Resources, the branch launched its new website in June and has already received several new members through the web. How can Site Resources help your branch? Sign up for a free, no-obligation website review to find out!

It’s a Party … in Support of Preventive Care
And you’re invited! Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, all new health plans must cover eight women’s preventive services as of August 1. AAUW is celebrating this achievement for women by hosting a monthlong virtual party! Join the fun, tell us why you are celebrating these new requirements, and share the news with your friends!

The Invisible War Program in a Box Now Available!
Are you interested in hosting a screening of the documentary The Invisible War, the award-winning film about military sexual assault? Download AAUW’s new Program in a Box for easy, step-by-step instructions. Members and college/university partners can show the film for just $150 and will receive a detailed discussion guide along with the DVD. Schedule your program today!

AAUW Joins Half the Sky Movement
Have you heard about the Half the Sky movement? With help from Women and Girls Lead, this innovative public media campaign will celebrate, educate, and activate women, girls, and their allies across the globe to address the challenges of the 21st century. The initiative includes programming materials, tool kits, curricula, and discussion guides. Stay tuned for more information on how you can bring it to your community!

FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS, AND AWARDS

Invite a 2012–13 Fellow or Grantee to Your Branch!
The AAUW Directory of Fellowship and Grant Recipients for 2012–13 is now online! Find out where fellows and grantees are located and what they’re studying and researching. Contact fellowships@aauw.org to find out how you can include one of these recipients in your upcoming branch programs!

Know Any Graduate Students Who Are Looking for Funding?
With many communities in an economic slump and student debt at record levels, who isn’t looking for funding? Contact women and organizations in your area to let them know that AAUW is the answer! Deadlines and eligibility requirements are online. Need 2013–14 recruitment brochures and bookmarks? Visit ShopAAUW to order them.

Nomination Forms for the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund Award Are Posted!
Is there an individual, project, organization, or institution you would like to honor for an outstanding contribution to equity and education for women and girls? Consider an Eleanor Roosevelt Fund nomination! The form and guidelines are available online. Nominations are due on November 15, 2012. Don’t let those quiet movers and shakers go unrecognized!

Spread the Word! Selection Panelists Still Needed
AAUW is seeking seasoned experts in academia and the professional world to help analyze the thousands of applications we receive for AAUW’s fellowships and grants. New talent and expertise are always needed. It’s also a great way to enhance your CV! Visit the Fellowship and Grant Selection Panels web page, and please pass the information on to your networks!

Are You Following Our Fellows?
From Barbara Juncosa’s tenure-track position to Paromita Goswami’s director-level job at an international research firm, AAUW funding helps women achieve lucrative career advancements. As Anju Devkota said, “Without this scholarship, it would have never been possible to continue my graduate study.” Make sure the students in your life apply for 2013–2014 funding today! In the meantime, make sure you Follow the Fellows on the AAUW blog.

Enhance Your Professional Network!
Build your career network and connect with other fellowship and grant alumnaethrough the Alumnae Exchange. You can also submit your updates and share your personal and professional accomplishments through the AAUW Fellowships and Grants group on LinkedIn or follow @AAUWFellowships on Twitter. Find out how you can get involved in contributing to AAUW’s mission!

AAUW MEMBER BENEFITS

How Many AAUW Member Benefits Have You Used?
Your AAUW membership comes with access to discounted goods and services! Visit Member Benefits today, and make sure you keep checking back. Next month we’ll be announcing a prescription discount card, home and auto insurance, a shopping portal for women-owned businesses, and more! Plus, every time you use one of these benefits, you are supporting AAUW’s mission!

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