Welcome to AAUW

powerfulnetworkWe welcome you to this new website representing the Hayward/Castro Valley, California branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Our Branch

The Hayward/Castro Valley Branch of the AAUW invites you to join us in our support of issues important to the status and well-being of women. We have been active in the community for over 72 years, since 1941 when our branch was founded.

Our Mission

AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, research and philanthropy. Our national association sponsors research into equity for girls and women in education and business; provides legal advocacy and financial support to women facing discrimination or sexual harassment in the workplace or in schools of higher education; provides grants and fellowships to graduate women; and publishes important research about issues such as financial literacy, science and technical training and pay equity.

Locally we work with our libraries providing uplifting programs that support the mission of AAUW. We also network with the League of Women voters to provide nonpartisan information to the community about issues and candidates, and we support the work of FESCO and the Emergency Shelter Program in their efforts to assist women in crisis.

Funding Programs

Numerous events and activities are planned throughout the year to raise funds for the AAUW Funds which includes the Educational Opportunities Fund, The Eleanor Roosevelt Fund, the Public Policy Fund and the Legal Advocacy Fund. Locally we also raise funds for Tech Trek to send girls to a science camp. The Fall festival evening of wine and desserts is for L.A.F., a Holiday Party and silent auction are for AAUW Educational Fund and the Souper Supper raises funds for Tech Trek and celebrates the girls who attended the previous June.

Special Interest Groups

Our members also experience fun and friendship through participation in interest groups of their choice: drama reading, book reviews, dining out, Bunco, excursions and others. They enjoy social events such as picnics, and our annual holiday party . General meetings are informative and interesting and cover the topics that have been researched by AAUW such as Bullying and Title IX. Our members highly value their associations with the intelligent and talented women and men they meet through AAUW. See the Shareline Newsletter for more information, meeting times and places.

Diversity

In principle and in practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability.

Join Us!

Now more than ever, the American Association of University Women needs strength in numbers. With more than 170,000 members and supporters, 1,000 branches, and 800 college and university partners, AAUW uses its powerful voice on critical issues affecting women and girls.

The only requirement for membership in AAUW is that you have a AA degree or higher and are committed to promoting causes important to women.

If you are an undergraduate working toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, get involved by becoming an AAUW student affiliate.

We warmly invite you to join our branch, or just join us for an event. For more information, contact Ursula Batz by email at urspt@earthlink.net.

Learn more about the benefits of membership, including national and regional activities, access to fellowships, grants, and awards and AAUW membership discounts.


AAUW’s Title IX Champion

The Title IX Champion award celebrates the vital Title IX advocacy work of AAUW supporters across the country. Hayward-Castro Valley branch member Elizabeth Kristen recently received this award from AAUW National. We are so proud to have a member who has dedicated her career to making sure that schools comply with Title IX law!

TitleIXChampionElizabeth Kristen does almost everything she can to fight for Title IX. In fact, fighting for Title IX is part of her job. She is both the director of the gender equity and LGBT rights program and senior staff attorney at Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center in San Francisco. Elizabeth has taken on Title IX cases, including a recent one against a San Diego-area school district. Elizabeth has been a huge part of the Title IX fight in the AAUW community. She is a co-creator of the Title IX Program in a Box, Know the Score, has presented on the issue to 25 AAUW branches in California, and has received a grant from AAUW to speak at the AAUW Arlington (VA) Branch. Elizabeth also monitors Title IX compliance in California through her work with the Fair Play for Girls in Sports project.


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