About AAUW Page

AAUW has videos on YouTube that include explanations of our mission and our impact.

Mission Statement

The American Association of University Women advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Vision Statement

AAUW will be a powerful advocate and visible leader in equity and education through research, philanthropy, and measurable change in critical areas impacting the lives of women and girls.

Branch Vision Statement

The Orinda Moraga Lafayette Branch of AAUW, through an active, diverse, and vital membership, will make a positive impact on our local and global community by promoting education, empowering women and girls, and supporting personal and professional growth.

Branch Priorities

Tech Trek Science and Math Camp for Girls

Our branch raises funds to send girls from three Lafayette, Moraga, or Orinda middle schools to a week-long summer science and math camp at a local university. Established by AAUW-CA in 1998 with the first camp at Stanford University, there are now six California camps attended by AAUW-sponsored girls. AAUW-OML has sent almost 50 local girls to Tech Trek. All were nominated by their science or math teachers, wrote a personal essay, and were interviewed by a panel of AAUW-OML members. Research has shown that many Tech Trekkers continue their studies in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) in college.

Scholarships and Awards

We recognize outstanding graduates from our three local high schools and Saint Mary’s College. The committee selects recipients for annual scholarships awards and coordinates the April Awards Celebration.

Community Projects

Since 1993, OML has supplied volunteers to Burckhalter School, an inner-city school located in East Oakland. Our members work as tutors, classroom aides, and library staff throughout the school year. In addition, other members help with special events such as our annual ornament project.

National and State Priorities

Educational Funding and Awards

The objectives of the AAUW’s 501(c)(3) Educational Foundation, the nation’s oldest and largest women’s foundation, is to raise funds for fellowships and grants to women seeking advanced degrees in the United States and abroad. It awards community action and career development grants, particularly targeting professions where women have been traditionally underrepresented. Read more about AAUW Funds. It also funds and directs nationally acclaimed research on how America’s schools treat girls.

Legal Advocacy Fund

AAUW breaks through barriers so all women and girls will have a fair chance. AAUW’s 501(c)(3) Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) works to challenge sex discrimination in higher education and the workplace. Sex discrimination today takes a variety of forms: unfair pay, pregnancy discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, and violations of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 can affect both women and men. LAF addresses these barriers by informing people of their rights and using the legal system to seek justice and change.

Public Policy

For more than a century, AAUW has influenced legislative debate on critical issues such as education, Social Security, sex discrimination, civil rights, reproductive choice, affirmative action, Title IX, welfare reform, vocational education, pay equity, health care reform, and family and medical leave.