AAUW San Diego Branch holds a variety of general meetings and special programs throughout the year. General meetings may include relevant Gender Equity topics, Women’s Well-being, Voter Information and Author’s Luncheons.
Branch General Meetings usually are held as a Saturday mid-morning or luncheon event.
Additionally, the Branch has special interest activitieswhich meet monthly at member homes. We have an active “Lunch Bunch” who enjoy meeting once a month at various restaurants. If you have a flexible schedule, you may enjoy attending one of these mid-week activities. Contact Lynne for more information.
TECH TREK SCIENCE CAMP FOR GIRLS
Tech Trek is a math/science/technology camp designed to develop science appreciation andself-confidence in young women who will enter eighth grade in the fall. It features hands-on activities in math, science and related fields. Our AAUW-San Diego branch sends at least 3 girls a year to Tech Trek at the UC San Diego campus.
Tech Trek has been held each year since 1998 and is located at several college campuses: Stanford University, Mills College, California State University Fresno, University of California (UC) Santa Barbara, UC San Diego, UC Irvine and Whittier College.
This specialty science and technology camp has been created to provide attendees with exposure to core science and math subjects and a number of rotating labs. Instructors include teachers as well as professional women currently engaged in math, science or technology fields. Programs in astronomy, engineering, marine biology and environmental studies enhance the learning experience and introduce students to a variety of potential career opportunities.
Campers are nominated by local area seventh grade math and science teachers. The selection process also includes an essay and personal interview. Local AAUW branches pay each camper’s fee for room, board and most education materials. Each camper and/or her family is responsible for a $50 materials fee.
Tech Trek is a wonderful opportunity for young women. The San Diego branch of AAUW is proud to sponsor the excellent caliber students who attend Tech Trek each summer.
Mission: The AAUW Educational Foundation provides funds to advance education, research, and self-development for women and to foster equity and positive societal change. There are many opportunities for members to support the AAUW EF, which is the world's largest funding source for women at the graduate level.
For many years the San Diego Branch has raised money for EF principally through the Red Sock Luncheon. The annual event generally is held the first Saturday in December. Members receive an invitation along with a red sock in which to put their donation. Live entertainment, a fellows guest speaker, traditional turkey and trimmings make the EF Red Sock Luncheon a kickoff to gift giving during the holiday season. For additional information on AAUW Fund Click Here.
Legal Advocacy Fund
The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) works to combat sex discrimination in higher education and the workplace.
LAF initiatives include community and campus action programs, resource library, online advocacy tools, and Legal Referral Network. LAF also provides support to workplace sex discrimination cases that have the potential to make a difference for all women.
AAUW Fund: Other Categories
Community Action Grants Community Action Grants provide seed money to women, AAUW branches, AAUW state organizations, and local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or nondegree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls. Recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. For additional information Click Here.
Career Development Grants Career Development Grants support women who hold a bachelor's degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or re-enter the work force. Special consideration is given to women of color, and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields. Funds are available for tuition, fees, books, supplies, local transportation, and dependent care. Recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. For additional information Click Here.
Specialty International Interests Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations
AAUW San Diego supports advancing the well-being of women around the globe. Since 1956, the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) has convened its annual session for two weeks in late February or early March, a time frame that includes International Women’s Day (March 8th).
The CSW is made up of 45 government delegates who are joined by representatives from approximately 100 other countries. Throughout the two-week period, delegates deliberate on a specific topic related to the advancement of women and girls, e.g., ending violence against women and girls. Workshops and panel presentations as parallel events are also scheduled for the 5,000 representatives from hundreds of nongovernmental organizations (e.g., AAUW, IFUW) that also participate in the CSW.
AAUW members interested in attending next year’s meeting are invited to contact Anne Hoiberg, International Interests Committee Chair here.