AAUW-St. Lawrence County Branch
AAUW advocates for women and girls - not corporate special interests.
AAUW in the News: NNY Biz magazine: Advocates work to empower women
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.
February: Black History Month
February 20: World Day of Social Justice - Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.
February 22: Fadi Bou-Abdallah, “There’s What in my Drinking Water?” from 12 noon to 1 pm in SUNY Potsdam’s Rebecca V. Sheard Literacy Center Balcony, Satterlee Hall. This presentation is part of the SUNY Potsdam Spring 2017 Disciplined Inquiry in Education Seminar Series.
February 22: Rolling Out the Welcome Mat: Collaborating to Make Canton Safe for Everyone from 7-9 pm in the Social Room of the Unitarian-Universalist Church, at 3 ½ E. Main Street, Canton. Canton – a friendly North Country village — but is it? for all? How supportive an environment do we have for people of color, of different faith traditions, for LGBTQ and trans- people? The Unitarian-Universalist Church of Canton will host a panel and discussion to address these questions. Our panel is composed of students and alumni from SUNY Canton and St. Lawrence University. Our audience will include students from area high schools, townspeople, village leaders, educators. All are invited to participate in this discussion! Refreshments will be served.
February 25: Nationwide pro-ObamaCare rallies - Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Saturday called for nationwide rallies in support of Obamacare, calling GOP efforts to repeal and replace the healthcare legislation “chaos.”
March 4: GardenShare's Cabin Fever Trivia Night at the Potsdam Elks Club to support GardenShare's work to solve hunger!
March 8: International Women’s Day – See a film, Girl Rising, at Clarkson, co-sponsored by AAUW. Educating girls can break cycles of poverty in just one generation, yet millions of girls aren’t in school. Girl Rising uses storytelling to inspire action that gets girls into classrooms worldwide.
March 13: AAUW Branch Board meeting, 4 pm, Clarkson Snell Hall room #169. All members are welcome.
March 29 (or 30): Hidden Figures, showing at Clarkson and co-sponsored by AAUW, is a film screening of the movie which chronicles the true story of the African-American women who provided NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the US's first successful space missions. After the film, we are hoping to have a panel discussion with African-American women mathematicians, scientists, and engineers who are Clarkson alumnae.
- 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 - a local public affairs video magazine. 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 the Potsdam Public Library. The shows are filmed at the Potsdam Public Library’s Fred W. Cleveland Computer and are available on YouTube.
- North Country Matters: Addie Jenne, 116th “River District” Assemblywoman - we talk with Assemblywoman Addie Jenne who represents the 116th Assembly “River District” seat. She discusses the start of the Legislative session and what she thinks will take priority as the legislators come to grips with the budget, education funding, and other issues of interest to her constituents in the North Country. (Feb. 10, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Sue Rice, the Earned Income Tax Credit and the VITA program - It is tax filing season, so we look at two important tax programs that benefit local families with Sue Rice. The Earned Income Tax Credit is a refundable federal tax credit for low- to moderate-income working individuals and couples, particularly those with children. It is one of the best and one of the largest anti-poverty tools we have. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who meet certain guidelines. (Feb. 10, 2017)
- ‘North Country Matters’ celebrates 13 years with many changes (Feb. 9, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Bobby Gordon, Potsdam Public Library’s Fred W. Cleveland Computer - Center Coordinator North Country Matters explores the Potsdam Public Library’s Computer Center and the many ways it serves the community. Bobby Gordon who serves as the Computer Center Coordinator for the Library talks with NCM host Donna Seymour. (Feb. 3, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Sue Dragan, The Stephen Ministry Caregivers Program - North Country Matters looks at caregiving through the lens of the Stephen Ministry program. Stephen Ministry Leader Sue Dragan talks about the program with NCM host Donna Seymour. Stephen Ministries of St. Louis, MO is a not-for-profit, trans-denominational, religious and educational organization. (Feb. 3, 2017)
- 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 - 115th Congress: 2015 Senate Votes
- First Session - 115th 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: February 14, 2017