Mission: To advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.
Opportunities Abound

~ Hear NCCWSL Keynote Nikole Hannah-Jones on May 25
~ Social Justice Presentation on May 26
~ AAUW Regional Conference Convention in June

Take Action TODAY!  More information below.

DEI Focus
Opportunities for Growth

AAUW’s mission, equity for women and girls, has driven us in research, education, sports and economic security.  We’ve learned we need to seek a diverse complement of members. We’re learning to create an inclusive welcoming space where “others” can feel welcome and can get a sense of belonging as we do.

We’re recognizing our own biases and micro-aggressions and improving our interactions with others. We need to collaborate and be an ally of others to support them and achieve our goal of that equity for all women & girls.

Register TODAY for these 2 events:

On Wednesday, May 25,  AAUW’s premier young women’s leadership conference, NCCWSL 2022, will host Nikole Hannah-Jones, Pulitzer-prize-winning creator of The 1619 Project and New York Times Magazine staff writer as the keynote speaker.

Nicole will join AAUW CEO Gloria L. Blackwell for a conversation you won’t want to miss.  You are invited to join the virtual keynote session at a special members-only rate of $50. The event takes place next Wednesday, May 25, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET.  Click here for more information and to register.

Then on Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m. ET AAUW National‘s next Plug n Play program, Social Justice: Creating Change, can be viewed. You can get inspired and use the summer months to catch up and get a jumpstart on new goals for Equity and Inclusion. There is no fee for this program.  For more information and to register click here.

Growth ...
one of the hallmarks of a living thing

Opportunities to Gain Insight and Inspiration

For those of you new to AAUW, the AAUW Regional Conference is held every two years bringing together members from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.  Colorado hosted this conference in 2020 when Stormy McDonald was at the helm.  This year it is Arizona’s turn to take the lead.
The purpose of several states meeting is to learn more from AAUW and hopefully bring some new insights and inspiration to our Branches. 
The conference will be from June 7 through June 18 and will look a little different than in previous years.  Our Arizona hosts are working hard to get all the speakers in place and to finalize the registration process.  More information will be available very soon on our state website.
Currently, the schedule of events includes:
Tuesday, June 7 at 10:00 am – a virtual tour of the Heard Museum in Arizona
Thursday, June 9 – there is a presentation being fine-tuned for this date
Tuesday, June 14 at 6:00 pm – a speaker on education and data science
Thursday, June 16 at 6:00 pm – a presentation on Wine Tasting

Saturday, June 18 is the big day for the conference with a Keynote from Julia Brown, who is the AAUW National Board Chair.
You may have heard Julia speak before but if not, I would highly recommend her as she is so real and solid in her presentations.  Maybe that is because she is a city manager of Sunland Park, New Mexico.  Maybe it is because she served in the U.S. Army and also worked in corporate America in Oklahoma, Washington, D.C., and California.  Maybe it is because she is a lawyer. Regardless, she is worth tuning in for.
In addition on June 18, we will hear from Angela Marquez, a secondary math education teacher with a background in biochemistry and molecular biophysics.  She is the outreach program manager for the Data Science Academy at the University of Arizona.

This year’s regional conference will provide inspiration, education, and some entertainment.  I encourage you to join me whenever you are available.  In 2020, about 170 people participated in the regional conference via Zoom.  I’m hoping we can stretch that number in 2022.  Invite your friends to join in.  It will be a great way to “mingle” with other AAUW members.

Until next time,  Joan Brown
Opportunities to Serve
There are a number of State positions and committee chairs open for 2022-23.  If you are interested in any of these opportunities please contact Joan Brown for more information.

~ Webmaster
~ Connects Newsletter Editor
~ Social Media Contributors
~ Historian/ Archivist
~ Parliamentarian
~ Bylaws Chair
More Opportunities
to Learn
from Each Other

State President Joan Brown welcomed three great speakers and a panel at our Colorado State Virtual Convention on April 23.  Here’s a quick recap of those presenters. 
Gloria Blackwell, AAUW CEO

  • Focused on listening, learning, and connecting during the pandemic
  • New courses have been offered in STEMEd for girls; MoneySmart for Students; Financial Literacy training
  • AAUW has lobbied for Student Loan Forgiveness and Child Tax Credits
  • Call to action:  The best thing that branches can do is to support the National mission with programs, Greater Needs Fund donations, and becoming more diverse and inclusive.
Dr. Temple Grandin, CSU professor and Autism Advocate
  • Personal history, she faced more barriers as a woman than because of autism
  • Her main focus today is to get kids with autism into good careers
  • Autism is not a label that means you can’t do things it is simply a different kind of mind
  • We need both visual thinkers and verbal thinkers working together to get things done
  • Students need exposure to all kinds of activities to see what they really want to do and then mentoring to get the additional skills they need to be good at it
Nycci Jones, Director of Organizational Development and DEI at Nelnet, Inc.
  • Reflect diversity in branch advertising and connecting with your networks
  • Use social media to reach audiences that are different from your branch including LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, to reach millions
  • Discover new ideas and trends, connect with new audiences, and build your brand 
Panel on Colorado Branch DEI Progress

Colorado Springs Branch – Anna Lopez and Dora Gonzales
  • DEI Committee and interest group reading and discussion
  • Increased diversity in their branch by collaborating with the Latina Equity Initiative during the pandemic focused on health and pay inequities in Latina community. 
Aurora- Jugbeh Charles and Su Ryden
  • Conducted surveys of the branch member interests to get started
  • Conducted DEI training with the DEI committee

You are strongly encouraged to go online to our website to watch each one of our speakers on video, if you were not able to attend.  They were all terrific!
CONGRATULATIONS! to those elected as state officers in April

Jill Smith - Membership VP, second 2-year term
Su Ryden - Public Policy Co-Director, second 2-year term 
Stormy McDonald - AAUW Funds Director, first 2-yeat term

Stormy McDonald was also appointed DEI Director for the State.
to the Colorado Springs Branch for being awarded a $500 Eugenia McClure Grant to assist in their STEM programming and expansion of the Tech Trek program in the future.
For Your Calendar

2022 - 2023 Program and Meeting Schedule
~ Fall Leadership Conference on August 19-20, 2022 (Virtual)
~ Public Policy Day 2023 on February 3-4, 2023 (Virtual)
~ Colorado State Convention on April 21-22, 2023 (In-person)

More information about all of these beginning in July 2022.

Branch Annual Reports Due May 31, 2022
Click HERE to download the forms.

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