The Orinda-Moraga-Lafayette (OML) Branch meets monthly and sponsors community outreach projects, interest groups and educational opportunities.
OML has achieved all 5 stars in AAUW’s Five-Star National Recognition Program for aligning our work with AAUW’s Strategic Plan and our initiatives that advance gender equity for women and girls.
March General Meeting
Tuesday March 19, 2024
Orinda Community Church, Fellowship Hall,
10 Irwin Way, Orinda,
9:30 a.m. social; 10–12 a.m. meeting.
Life and Career Learnings What We Valued Most and What We Might Have Changed. ~ A Retrospective View ~
entreprenurial members of the Bay Area discussing their challenges and opportunies. The range of topics and professions is varied:
Panelists include: • Pat Rudebusch, Business Owner, The Orinda Bookstore • Leta McCollough Seletzky, a National Endowment for the Arts 2022 Creative Writing Fellow. • Katharine White, Esq., Managing Attorney of San Francisco Bay Area litigation support team at top-five law firm • Saira Pasha, Associate DirectorRegulatory and Legislative Affairs, AT&T. • Dr. Jacalyn Buettner, Chiropractor, Union Square Chiropractic. • Dr. Jamie Textor, Veterinarian, former owner and surgeon, Total Performance Eq
Parking is available in the upper lot, which is marked with “Event Parking” arrows. Please leave parking in the lower lot available for anyone with mobility issues. Thanks for helping everyone attend who needs closer access to the Fellowship Hall.
This meeting is open to the public. Invite your neighbors and friends
February Meeting Highlights
AI ~ Promise and Peril of Generative Artificial Intelligence
Guest speaker: Dr. Po Chi Wu
There are so many articles on AI/GenAI coming out every day, mostly without substantive “new information”. HERE ARE are some resources that you and anyone else may find useful as starting points for exploration. That is the most productive mindset – exploration – to follow up on any areas of curiosity.
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Seeking 2024 Distinguished Women Nominations
We know that you know the OML members who contributed the most in the last few years to the health, growth and work of our Branch. Many are deserving of recognition but, alas, we can give only 1 Distinguished Women recognition this year. Please help us decide who our next Distinguished Woman will be by sending us your nominations for DW via email or mail. We will also have nomination forms at our General Meeting. The committee members are Mary Ellen Judson, Laura Monin, Lou Williams, Shari Simon and me, Denise Burian. You can send your nomination(s) to any one of us. Thank you.
Lobby Days – April 2 and 3, 2024
Meetings will be held virtually as well as in person. Our AAUW California Legislative Advocate will schedule meetings with the legislative offices. The committee will assemble teams of AAUW members and college students matching them with Assembly and Senate districts. Training materials on the bills chosen for the meetings will be posted on the state website in mid- March, and a mandatory training webinar will be held on March 25, 2024. Lobby Days is a wonderful opportunity to meet with your legislators and advocate for legislation to promote gender equity and improve the lives of women and girls. Please join us in this important activity.
January General Meeting
FOOD INSECURITY in CONTRA COSTA COUNTY and LAMORINDA
AAUW-OML Founding Member Joy Ellington Walker
has a book signing at Orinda Books 1/18/24 (Click for full picture)
December Holiday (Fun)raiser. (Click for full picture)
October Meeting on AAUW FUNDS
October Scholarship Fundraiser at Harper Greer
October General Meeting Highlights
Book Bans, Censorship and Curriculum Interference
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Fundraise for Scholarships. Here’s how…Help our scholarship program by asking your family (grandkids), friends and neighbors to save their gently worn sneakers. These sneakers can help AAUW raise funds for our local high school scholarships and Saint Mary’s College High Potential Program scholarships.
With your help, we can keep sneakers out of landfills, reduce toxic chemicals in our air and soil, and raise money to support our local scholarships.
We have sneaker drop-off locations at the Lafayette Veterans Building, the Lafayette Community Center (by Pickleball courts) and Orinda Community Center (by tennis courts) and Oakwood Health Club and 24 Hour Fitness in Moraga.
Let’s make a difference together! Tell your friends, neighbors and family.
OUR WONDERFUL ADVERTISERS NEED OUR HELP.
PLEASE USE THIS LINK TO FIND A LOCAL BUSINESS THAT WE CAN SUPPORT. OUR ADVERTISERS HELP COVER THE ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS OF OUR BRANCH.
WHEN YOU USE THEIR BUSINESS PLEASE MENTION THAT YOU BELONG TO AAUW-OML AND APPRECIATE THEIR SUPPORT.
DISTINGUISHED WOMAN CELEBRATION AND LUNCHEON May 16, 2023
We celebrated our 2023 Distinguished Woman Denise Burian and our new officers for 2023-2024. We also recognized AAUW FUND BRANCH NAMED GIFT HONOREE- Barbara Bell
Read the biography of Denise and enjoy some pictures of our luncheon gathering.
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL STEM CONFERENCE
The seventh annual AAUW-OML STEM Conference was held March 25th, 2023, at Saint Mary’s College, where high school STEM Ambassadors welcomed 170 middle school girls (6th through 8th grade) from Lamorinda, Richmond, Walnut Creek, Castro Valley, and other East Bay communities.
Modeled after AAUW-California’s legendary Tech Trek Science & Math Camp (founded in 1998), AAUW-OML’s local STEM event is designed to give all young girls interested in learning about STEM the opportunity to participate in three out of fourteen interactive “hands-on” science workshops. They meet professional women in STEM careers, hear dynamic speakers, and network with like-minded students who love learning about science, technology, engineering, and math. Part of the experience is spending a day and attending workshop classes on a beautiful college campus.
Women’s Power Gap Research Report
This study: The Women’s Power Gap at Elite Universities: Scaling the Ivory Tower focuses on these same universities from our previous compensation report and who among them is leading and lagging with respect to diversity at the chief executive’s office and the immediate pathway to that office. We hope that when universities are ranked against one another, it will create a race to the top, driving faster change. CLICK HERE for details and to download the report.
BE AN ADVOCATE FOR PUBLIC POLICY
The BEST way to become involved with AAUW Public Policy is to sign up to be a two-minute activist. Click this link:TWO MINUTE ACTIVIST This will allow you to sign up with your email and connect with both state and national calls to action. Make your voice heard!
Now we are thrilled to announce the NEXT STEP IN AAUW ADVOCACY: Two-Minute Activist mobile.
Complete this form to opt in to Two-Minute Activist mobile — or simply text the word “AAUW” to phone number 21333
Pandemic Inequity: Latinas and the COVID 19 Experience
This new report examines how Latinas in the U.S. suffered disproportionate economic repercussions due to the pandemic and calls for specific policy solutions to address their needs. Stories from 41 Latinas who were interviewed dramatically illustrate the challenges these women have faced as the pandemic has exacerbated existing economic inequalities.
CLICK HERE https://www.aauw.org/app/uploads/2021/07/Report-Latinas_4.0.pdf
AAUW Stands against Bias and Bigotry
AAUW has always stood up against discrimination since its inception. AAUW’s history speaks for itself on how it has raised its voice against intolerance and injustice.
Once again it’s time to unite together and support refugees and immigrants to preserve diversity which makes America so strong and powerful. Continue reading.