AAUW-St. Lawrence County Branch
AAUW advocates for women and girls - not corporate special interests.
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The St. Lawrence County Branch was formed in 1927 - Celebrating 90 years of service in 2017!
We have members from a diverse educational and employment background who work together to fulfill the mission of the American Association of University Women: Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Membership in the St. Lawrence County Branch is open to anyone who supports the mission of AAUW. In principle and practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There are no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.
The St. Lawrence County Branch created the first AAUW Branch website in the country!
The AAUW Educational Opportuntities Fund provides funds to advance education, research, and self-development for women and to foster equity and positive societal change.
The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund provides funding and a support system for women seeking judicial redress for sex discrimination.
AAUW-St. Lawrence County Branch, PO Box 909, Potsdam, NY 13676-0909.
January 2017: National Mentoring Month
January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - GardenShare is partnering with SLU Volunteer Services on this event and we are reaching out to the Potsdam and Canton communities to help hungry students by donating food to the Potsdam Snack Packs program and the Canton Golden Bear Packs program.
January 19: Local Expert Dicusses Emergency Preparation in the Potsdam Public Library’s Computer Center, 2 Park St., at 6 pm.
January 21: Women's March in Washington as well as local marches in NYC, Ithaca and Seneca Falls in NYS.
January 22: Roe v. Wade decision anniversary
January 24: Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change. 5:30-7:30 pm Clarkson University, Student Multipurpose Rooms.
January 26: The AAUW Board Meeting at 4 pm in the SUNY Canton Miller Camus Center room 218-220 is going provide a dynamic exchange on planning for the Spring 2017 AAUW-led Conversation on Civility. All members welcome.
January 29: Anniversary of Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act signing (2009)
Januray 30: Planned Parenthood's Day of Action at the New York State Capitol in Albany to stand up, speak up and speak out for our reproductive health care.
January 31: NYS Network for Youth Success holds their annual Advocacy Day in Albany from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.
February: National Human Trafficking and Slavery Prevention Month ~ Black History Month
February 1: National Women and Girls in Sports Day
February 4: National Rosa Parks Day
February 5: National Wear Red Day - Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Fortunately, we have the power to change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.
February 9-10: (Dis)Enfranchisement, the Gender and Sexuality Studies Conference at SUNY Potsdam. RSVP for the conference.
- President: Betty Connolly
- Membership VP: Relani Prudhomme
- The 2016 Branch Emerging Leader is Relani Prudhomme
- Join AAUW video
- Congratulations to our 2016 Emerging Leader for St. Lawrence County Branch: Relani Prudhomme
- Want to renew your dues on-line at AAUW? Here's how!
- It’s GRADUATION season, and with that comes the question of gifts. How about the beginning of a life - time of friendship in AAUW? Through the national program you can (at no cost to yourself) give someone a FREE one-year national membership. AAUW-NYS waives one year’s dues for “GGG” recipients, as does our branch. Please note that only members can be the providers of these gifts and they must be given within two years of the recipient’s graduation. Think about it for your students, daughters, granddaughters, friends, nieces, etc. – a great deal for all!
- All of the undergraduate students at our 4 local colleges are immediately eligible for FREE e-student affiliate memberships. E-student affiliates receive electronic copies of AAUW's publications and research and have access to all AAUW's student affiliate benefits, including the vast array of leadership and professional development resources, the more than $3 million in fellowships, grants, and awards, access to local branch scholarships, and opportunities for networking and outreach on campus and beyond through collaborations with local branches on relevant community initiatives.
- The Perfect Gift for College Grads
- Learn how to become an E-Student Affiliate for free!
- Join or Renew your membership today!
- What Makes Women Decide to Join or Stay in an Organization Today? presented by Claudia Richards: AAUW, Senior Branch Field Relations Manager, at the AAUW New York State Summer Leadership Conference on July 16, 2011
- Program VP: JoAnn Rogers
- AAUW Development VP:
- Includes: AAUW Educational Opportunities Fund
- AAUW Research: Barriers and Bias - Women have been leaders throughout history, and today the tradition of volunteer female leadership continues to flourish. Yet in terms of paid leadership, women’s elevation to top positions is relatively rare. Why do men still vastly outnumber women in these positions? AAUW’s newest research report, Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership, explores this question, drawing from scholarly research and paying special attention to stereotypes and biases. The report provides recommendations for individuals and those in the education, corporate, and political sectors to contribute to an environment in which gender is no longer a barrier to leadership. Watch the panel discussion to introduce the report.
- AAUW Research: Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing. The YouTube video is available now!
- Download the AAUW report, "Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women's Success in Engineering and Computing.
- AAUW Awards $45,000 to Help Community College Students across the Nation - The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is highlighting a vital part of the U.S. higher education system by awarding $45,000 in grants to 11 campus projects designed to implement recommendations from the 2013 AAUW research report Women in Community College: Access to Success. Each year, the AAUW Campus Action Project (CAP) grant program gives money to teams of faculty and students to create community-based solutions to some of the far-reaching problems explored in AAUW research.
- In the News: One Year After Graduation, Female Pay Lags Behind - AAUW published "Graduating to a Pay Gap"
- AAUW in the News: AAUW Provides Fellowships
- Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School
- AAUW-St. Lawrence County's 2010 Books on Women's History for Young Readers
- Download the 2009 50 Books list here!
- Includes: AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund
- Secretary: Nancy Rowledge
- Treasurer: Jen Ball, Interium
- Branch Expense Voucher
- Supporting the programs of AAUW can now be done on-line; Read more about these programs
- Contributions to AAUW Action Fund support the 501(c)(4) Lobby Corps and the Congressional Voting Record, and are not tax-deductible.
- Contributions to AAUW Funds, a 501(c)(3) organization, are tax-deductible and provide general support to all AAUW programs that are not part of the AAUW Action Fund.
2016-17 Committee Chairs
- Public Policy: Kathleen Stein
- Watch North Country Matters - the local public affairs video magazine produced by WCKN at Clarkson University The NCM civic partners working to educate North Country residents about critical public policy issues facing our region include AAUW-St. Lawrence County, the League of Women Voters of St. Lawrence County, and Clarkson/SUNY Potsdam Media and Mass Communication students, who provide the technical expertise for the productions. The shows are filmed at the WCKN studio on the Clarkson campus and are available on the NCM YouTube Channel.
- North Country Matters: The (Dis)Enfranchisement Conference - SUNY Canton’s Emily Hamilton-Honey, one of the organizers of the February 2017 (Dis)Enfranchisement Conference, talks with NCM host Donna Seymour about the event. The 2-day conference on Feb. 10-11 will look at gender, voting, political, legal, and/or social (dis)enfranchisement via panels and presentations by community members and faculty and students at the four colleges. (Filmed Nov. 9, 2016)
- North Country Matters: Steve Todd, Jefferson-Lewis BOCES - Steve Todd, the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES Superintendent, joins NCM hosts Ann Carvill and Donna Seymour to discuss 2016 education matters in his 18 component schools. They discuss attendance, the state Learning Standards, school finances and mental health services. (Filmed Nov. 2, 2016)
- Advance News Roundtable: Drugs in St. Lawrence County (Nov. 6, 2016) (podcast)
- North Country Matters: Canton Sustainability Committee - Three members of the Canton Sustainability Committee update us on the work and progress on Canton’s Community Action Plan which was adopted in 2011 to “strengthen Canton’s future through sustainable development.” We look at several goals of the Action Plan, including energy, transportation, and food. Joining us are Carol Pynchon, Canton Village Trustee, Klaus Proem, Canton Sustainability Committee chair, and Carol Gable, energy subcommittee chair. (Oct. 26, 2016)
- North Country Matters: Potsdam Central School - NCM hosts Donna Seymour and Ann Carvill talk with Potsdam Central administrators Joann Chambers and Jennifer Gray about new faces and new programs at the district’s three schools, and how the start of school has gone this year. (Filmed Oct. 19, 2016)
- North Country Matters: An Update from North Country 350 Alliance - NCM host Donna Seymour talks climate change with Ginger Storey-Welch, the leader of the local North Country 350 Alliance. This discussion looks at new information, how young people are viewing climate change, and what you can do in your own life to address some of the changes. (Filmed Oct. 19, 2016)
- North Country Matters: Adult Literacy Services in St. Lawrence County - NCM host Donna Seymour takes a look at the current state of adult literacy services in St. Lawrence County with Sarah Sachs, the Public Services Manager, and Maria D. Morrison, Literacy Program Coordinator, for Potsdam Public Library. Literacy volunteers work one-to-one with adults who need help with reading, writing, math tutoring or learning English as a second language. (Oct. 5, 2016)
- North Country Matters: SUNY Canton Wellness Programs - SUNY Canton is implementing the Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training to make additional strides toward a safer campus. Farren Lobdell, the Health Educator/Wellness Coordinator, and Amanda Rowley, the Title IX Coordinator, at SUNY Canton, discuss the Health and Wellness programs at the college and how these programs are improving the campus climate for all students with NCM host Donna Seymour. (Sept. 21, 2016)
- Archived North Country Matters, 2011 - 2014
- Federal & State Public Policy Issues to Watch
- St. Lawrence County's State and Federal Representatives
- Health Care: Opioid Addiction
- Higher Education Issues to Watch
- Charter School Issues to Watch
- Immigration and Border Issues to Watch
- Check out the new Common Core Issues to Watch
- Human Trafficking Issues
- Check out the new Pay Equity
- Pregnancy & Family Leave Discrimination
- Poverty Issues
- Violence Issues to Watch
- Crime and Incarceration
- The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap (Spring 2015)
- Veteran's and Military Issues
- First Session - 114th Congress: 2015 Senate Votes, Part 1
- First Session - 114th Congress: 2015 Senate Votes, Part 2
- Second Session - 114th Congress: 2016 House Votes
- First Session - 114th Congress: 2015 House Votes, Part 2
- First Session - 114th Congress: 2015 House Votes
AAUW's College/University Partner Member Program provides educational institutions the opportunity to easily share all the benefits of AAUW with their students, faculty, and staff. Partners collaborate with branches on community programs, receive national visibility, and benefit from AAUW's powerful network that supports them and advocates on their behalf.
St. Lawrence County College/University Partners:
2016 AAUW-NYS Convention Awards for AAUW-St. Lawrence County Branch:
- Leadership: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow Award - Exceptional Eleanor Award as the Outstanding Branch in NYS
- AAUW Funds:
- Top 10 Total Unrestricted AAUW Funds Contributions
- Top 10 Total Public Policy Fund Contributions
- Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) Star Branch
- Evvie Currie Giving Circle (LAF) Award (3rd)
- Public Policy:
- Paid Family Leave Action
- Title IX Action Award
- Voter Legislation & Education Award
- STEM Award
- Social Justice Award
- Website Award of Merit
- Visibility Award of Merit
- Social Media Award of Merit
- Website Award of Merit
Read the remarks of Mitzi Witchger, GREAT! who was the keynoter for our Celebrating 35 Years of Change: Title IX & Girls' & Women's Sports event on March 5, 2007. Hear an audio interview with her on NCPR!
Read the Executive Summary of the KIDS at RISK: A North Country Forum, held on Sept. 24, 2005.
Toxic Tide: No Place to Hide - A Preliminary Report on Cancer and the Environment in the North Country - from the 1998 Cross-Border Conference.
See the lastest news from on AAUW STEM.
You can reach the branch by e-mail.
Updated: January 16, 2017