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.
September 15-22: House recess (district work period)
September 21-22: Senate recess (state work period)
September 25: Native American Women’s Equal Pay Day
September 25: Community Conversation on Poverty - the next conversation takes place from 3:30 to 5:30 pm in the Canton Library's Basement Meeting Room, Park St., Canton, NY. The meeting focus is on Housing and Homelessness with Matilda Larson, the St. Lawrence County Fair Housing Task Force, and the Solutions to End Homelessness Program (STEHP). All welcome.
September 26: National Voter Registration Day
September 27: AAUW Branch Board meeting at 4:30 pm in Snell Hall, Clarkson. Room TBA. All members are welcome.
September 30: Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton holding a workplace bullying conference as part of its new Social Justice Initiative. The conference, Working Together: Creating Bully-Free Workplaces, will address the problems of harassment and bullying that many people face in their jobs. The conference will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on, at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Canton. All conference activities are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is requested. The Canton Unitarian Universalist Church’s Social Justice Initiative is a new program intended to raise awareness about important problems in local communities. Learn more in this North Country Matters show.
October 2017 - Domestic Violence Awareness Month and National Bullying Prevention Month
October 2: First day of the 2017-2018 U.S. Supreme Court term
October 3: Write the Power NY 21 will be hosting a Democratic Congressional Candidate Forum at 7:00 p.m. at the Canton Senior High School Auditorium. To date, five of the six candidates running for office in 2018 have accepted our invitation, including Don Boyajian, Tedra L. Cobb, Emily Martz, Patrick F Nelson, and Katie Wilson. Save the date and stay tuned for further info.
October 4: 116th Assemblywoman Addie Jenne will be the guest of LWV-St. Lawrence County on Wed., October 4 at 6:30 pm for a discussion of NYS and North Country issues. Join our collaboration partners in the League of Women Voters - SLC to learn more at the Potsdam Town Hall Community Room on Elm Street. We'll have light refreshments and plenty of good conversation. The Town Hall has plenty of on-site parking and is fully handicapped accessible.
October 9-13: Senate recess (state work period)
October 10: Office for the Aging public hearing for discussion of the 2018 St. Lawrence County Annual Implementation Plan for senior services at 1:30 p.m. in the Human Services Building; 2nd Floor Conference room; 80 State Highway 310, Canton. These hearings provide older adults, caregivers, and other beneficiaries an opportunity to comment on proposed program changes and service modifications of Older Americans Act Programs. The Office for the Aging will continue conducting Medicare Q & A Forums after each Public Hearing to answer questions regarding Medicare.
- President: Betty Connolly
- Membership VP: Relani Prudhomme
- Program VP: JoAnn Rogers
- AAUW Development VP:
- Includes: AAUW Educational Opportunities Fund
- Applications are open for AAUW's 2018-19 fellowships and grants. http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/!
- New AAUW Research: Women’s Student Debt Crisis in the United States
- Download the Report: The AAUW report Deeper in Debt is available free of charge.
- Video of the Research Launch: "Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans"
- 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
- 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.
2017-18 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: Back to School at Potsdam Central - The new school year is underway and Joann Chambers, the Superintendent of the Potsdam Central School, and the new AAK Middle School principal, Dan Cook, talk about the start of school and what’s new for 2017-18. They discuss programs like the Latchkey Child Care, Snack Pack, Beyond the Bell and the Positivity Project, designed to help students focus on building strong relationships by focusing on identifying character strengths in themselves and others, and the importance of attendance to educational success.
- North Country Matters: Achieving Social Justice - Paul Siskind and the Rev. James Galasinski from Canton’s Unitarian Universalist Church talk about the church’s new Social Justice Initiative and the Creating Bully-Free Workplaces Conference coming up in on September 30, 2017 in Canton, NY. Learn more about the Conference. They also discuss the New York Healthy Workplace Advocates who are working to help pass the Healthy Workplace Bill to combat harassment in the workplace. (Sept. 8, 2017)
- North Country Matters: The Child Care Crisis in NY - Blue Carreker, the Upstate Organizer for the Citizen Action of New York & Public Policy and Education Fund of New York, talks with NCM host Donna Seymour about the crises in child care in New York State. Lack of quality, affordable childcare is a drag on our economy. They discuss the gap between the needs and the available services and what can be done to bridge those gaps. (April 21, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Paid Family Leave Act - Blue Carreker, the Upstate Organizer for the Citizen Action of New York & Public Policy and Education Fund of New York, talks with NCM host Donna Seymour about the NYS Paid Family Leave Insurance Campaign. They discuss the law, the time table for implementation, the supporting regulations and how to learn more about its provisions. (April 21, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Town Hall NY 21st Congressional District (Rep. Elise Stefanik Absent) - This non-partisan town hall event was created by citizens of NY District 21 who wish to have an open and honest face-to-face meeting with Rep. Elise Stefanik. While our Congresswoman has held many small meetings behind closed doors and tele-town halls, we would like to open up the opportunity for her to meet in a public forum where an active back and forth dialogue is more possible, and where she must go on record with her views. (April 15, 2017)
- North Country Matters: 4-H Youth Programs St. Lawrence County - Nicki Hamilton-Honey, a 4-H Educator, and Casey Caswell, the 4-H Youth and Family Team Leader, at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County, discuss the youth programs available to school-aged youth with NCM Host Donna Seymour. They look at the school and after school programs, the various 4-H clubs, and the summer learning and recreation camps that Cooperative Extension operates. (April 7, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Ginger Storey-Welch, Marching for Social Justice - NCM host Donna Seymour talks about social justice movements including the People’s Climate March and the March For Science with Ginger Storey-Welch, the leader of the local North Country 350 Alliance. They discuss how social mobilization around many different social justice issues has accelerated since January. (March 31, 2017)
- North Country Matters:
- Steve Todd, Education Matters - Steve Todd, the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES Superintendent, NCM host Donna Seymour to discuss education matters and trends in his 18 component schools and New York State. They discuss federal changes in education focus, state education funding, poverty, health concerns, and testing. (March 24, 2017)
- North Country Matters: Julie Vaisey, Neighborhood Center for Parishville, Colton, & Pierrepont - Julie Vaisey is the Director of the CDP Neighborhood Center for Colton, Parishville & Pierrepont, one six such centers that are part of the CDP network in St. Lawrence County. The St. Lawrence County Community Development Program - known as CDP, is a private, not-for-profit agency that serves St. Lawrence County. She discusses the work of her Neighborhood Center to meet the needs of the folks in her three towns.
- 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
- 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:
2017 AAUW-NYS Convention Awards for AAUW-St. Lawrence County Branch:
- Top Ten Top Ten Branch AAUW Fund Contributions
- Top Ten Branches Total Contributions to All AAUW Funds
- Website of Excellence
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: September 22, 2017