AAUW President’s Letter Jan 2016: by Beth Nienow

Please join us Saturday morning Jan 16th at Assisi Heights for an important human trafficking awareness event.  I’ve been told that if you think that trafficking doesn’t happen here in Rochester, after hearing the first speaker at this event, you will think again.  Our board feels that the content of this program is important and consistent with AAUW values so we want to encourage as many of our members as possible to attend in place with our usual branch general meeting on the third Saturday morning in January.

In January our branch also comes together to support local high school and community college students who have overcome tremendous difficulties to pursue higher education by contributing to the RCTC Foundation’s Beat the Odds Scholarship program.  AAUW’s mission is to remove economic and educational barriers for women and girls, and in recent years the majority of the recipients have been young women and children of struggling families.  This is a program we can feel good about supporting.  Please contact me if you are interested in attending the award ceremony dinner event the evening of Thursday Jan 14 at the Rochester International Event Center.

I have also been communicating with UMR administrators to identify a local student leader to apply for the $500 AAUW Minnesota grant to attend the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders at the University of Maryland near Washington DC in June 2016.  If chosen to receive the grant from AAUW Minnesota, our branch will contribute $350 to the student for travel expenses.  Past attendees our branch have sponsored have told me that this conference was transformational in their development as leaders, helping them acquire skills that benefit not only themselves personally but also UMR and our community.

Thank you for all your generous contributions that make our support of these important programs possible.

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