AAUW Colorado

Feb 15, 2021 AAUW of Colorado Newsletter


Diversity…a word that we have heard forever but never have had the emphasis of its importance and relevance as in the year 2020.  Diversity is defined as “a range of different things”, and “the condition of being different or having differences”.

AAUW National recognizes the need to have a diverse and inclusive membership. They have developed a new toolkit on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion that provides best practices for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the organization.  I encourage you to become familiar with this DEI Toolkit and strive to implement its recommendations in your branch and state organizations.

Each state is being asked by National to have a Diversity officer, as well as each branch to have one.  I know that nominating committees are starting to meet for next year’s branch officers, and I ask that each branch consider this new officer also.

I would like to form a committee to be led by the state Diversity officer, made up of each branch Diversity officer.  If you would like to volunteer to be the state Diversity officer, please let me know.

As state president, I just received the following from Shannon Wolfe, Managing Director and Chief of Staff at AAUW National:

Commit to a virtual format and no in-person meeting or event until CDC guidelines for safe gatherings have been met.”

Please respect this as you plan your virtual branch meetings for the upcoming months.

And lastly, I want to wish each of you a Happy and Healthy New Year, and all the best for our Colorado AAUW membership.

Fall Leadership Conference Webinar was held on September 12, 2020. Speaker videos are available as follows:

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Dena Samuels, with Moderator, Susan Brodie, Presenting “Mindfulness-based Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion”

Laura Segal, AAUW Senior VP of Communications and External Relations, speaking on “2020 Vision: Fighting for Equity”

     Copy of Slides for Laura Segal

Membership Matters Workshop featuring Paula Munger, AAUW of Colorado President and Colorado Springs Branch member, and Melanie Hudson, VP Membership Colorado Springs Branch

Announcements featuring Jill Smith, AAUW of Colorado Membership VP, and Betty Boyd, AAUW of Colorado Public Policy Committee


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Questions about AAUW Colorado advocacy? Contact Volunteer Lobbyist The Honorable Betty Boyd or Public Policy Co-directors Lindy Reed and Sally Mathewson by clicking here.

AAUW does not endorse candidates for partisan office, nor any political party. However, AAUW members frequently provide expert and interested party testimony at legislative committee hearings, school board meetings, and other forums at which the issues being discussed are related to AAUW’s mission. AAUW members are also active in voter registration drives, voter education efforts, panels, committees, seminars, letter-writing campaigns, and virtually every other means by which citizens can participate in the democratic process.