LAF Campus Outreach Program Grant
Few college students are prepared for the reality of unfair pay, sexual harassment and assault, pregnancy discrimination, or Title IX violations, yet these issues affect many young people on campus or later in the workplace. AAUW members can apply for up to $750 in funding to host or co-host an event to educate students about these topics.
Requests are accepted on a rolling basis.
Please note: We are no longer accepting LAF Campus Outreach Program Grant applications for $tart $mart trainings.
AAUW Branches and College Campuses Forge Relationships
The Campus Outreach Program Grant is a wonderful opportunity for AAUW branches to create relationships with local campuses. In 2012, the AAUW Wheaton-Glen Ellyn (IL) Branch used an LAF Campus Outreach Grant to participate in a fair focused on sexual abuse awareness at the College of DuPage. AAUW member Sue Hermann said:
“The fair was a big success … Attendees took information about how to join AAUW and apply for AAUW local and national scholarships. As a result of our participation, the College of DuPage has agreed to sponsor an information night next year, which our branch will host, titled Title IX Compliance: How the College of DuPage Responds to Sexual Harassment and Violence on Campus.”
Looking for inspiration for your on-campus event?
Here’s how four AAUW branches used their Campus Outreach Grants.
Host a Play about Local Women’s Lives
AAUW Goshen (IN) Branch and Goshen College
The Goshen branch sponsored a performance of The Michiana Monologues with Goshen College to help educate and enlighten people about the challenges women face and to empower all people to end violence against women. The Michiana Monologues tell the stories of local women. Before the performance, writing workshops were held to help women write about their lives. Those stories, submitted anonymously, were then performed by actors. The play increased awareness about violence against women and helped draw attention to organizations that work to end gender violence.
Invite an Advocate to Dinner
AAUW Redlands (CA) Branch and the University of Redlands
The Redlands branch wanted to help educate young women about the wage gap. They decided to co-host a dinner at the University of Redlands with Lilly Ledbetter, a trailblazer for equal pay and the namesake of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. She spoke to students and community members about workplace gender equality and women’s roles in the workforce. The branch sought to inspire young women by sharing Ledbetter’s tenacious battle to make things right for herself and other women.
Throw a Party to Celebrate Title IX
AAUW Boise Area (ID) Branch and Boise State University
The Boise Area branch hosted a Thank You, Title IX event to celebrate Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits gender discrimination in education. The event coincided with a women’s basketball game at Boise State University and included current and former collegiate and high school athletes. The event was designed to educate women athletes and community members about the importance of Title IX. AAUW branch members created Title IX displays, played a Title IX public service announcement, and distributed information about the landmark law and about AAUW.
Host an Event to Raise Awareness about Campus Sexual Assault
AAUW Alexandria-Pineville (LA) Branch, AAUW of Louisiana, Louisiana Student Advisory Council, and Louisiana State University
The Alexandria-Pineville branch and AAUW of Louisiana hosted an event on the Louisiana State University campus to discuss the issue of campus sexual assault. The branch used information from AAUW’s report Drawing the Line to introduce the topic. The event featured firsthand accounts from students and experts, helped educate college students about campus sexual assault, publicized AAUW’s research, and introduced students to AAUW.