Welcome to the AAUW Colorado Springs Branch!

Like all of you, we at AAUW are deeply concerned about the spread and the impact of COVID-19 on the nation and the world. As you know, the effects from a widespread health issue can be severely crippling economically, too.  We are postponing our April and May programs to ensure the safety of our community.  We will post details when these are rescheduled.

Please note that the AAUW Rocky Mountain Regional Conference originally scheduled for June 19-21, 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19.  AAUW of Colorado is currently planning for the yearly annual meeting and details will be provided as soon as they are available.  In the meantime, if you made hotel reservations at the Fort Collins Hilton you may cancel by calling 970-482-2626 for a full refund. 


State of the Association: Message from Kim Churches

Though we are not able to convene in-person for state conventions this year due to COVID-19, CEO Kim Churches provides an update from the national office on the state of the association and a look ahead to the future.

In that spirit, I invite you to watch a new video message (click on the picture below or this link: “The State of AAUW.”)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMpf2ZO5A9s&feature=youtu.be

2020 Convening: State of the Association


Members, as you practice social-distancing, please also take a moment to read the inspiring essay from a local 5th grader who will be our guest at our StartSmart/WorkSmart workshop when rescheduled.  Her message calls for pay equity and a shining example of the young women in the pipepline to assume future leadership roles.  Here are the links to her cover letter and essay:    Rozi letter                  Rozi essay v2
Attention Branch Members:  Please click on the following link for additional information:  Message from AAUW Colorado Springs Branch President – meetings and events – as of March 15, 2020

Attention Interest Group Chairs:  Please click on the following link for additional information: Message for Interest Group Chairs – meetings and events – as of March 15, 2020

Programs are open to the public and guests are welcome!
Currently all branch meetings and programs are postponed due to COVID-19.  

2020 Vision: Marking a Momentous Year

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment — and the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act — two crucial milestones in giving women the right to vote. It’s also a critical election year. With Title IX under threat, a persistent gender pay gap, and a dearth of women leaders, the stakes couldn’t be higher.
As part of an initiative AAUW is calling “2020 Vision,” you are invited to reflect on the progress we’ve made together and stand strong in the fight for a fairer future. You can share your own story about contributing to AAUW’s legacy and watch the new webinar series produced by AAUW, which highlights recent equity research, outlines our ambitious “Gender Agenda” for the year, and more.   Make sure you view this webinar series and the new AAUW National website!
Here’s the link: https://www.aauw.org/resources/member/initiatives/2020-convening/

Welcome! AAUW (American Association of University Women) was founded in 1881 and currently has over 170,000 members and supporters working to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research.  Click on above graphic to read more about who we are and our Strategic Plan.
AAUW Colorado Springs Branch, established in 1915, currently has over 250 members and is the largest AAUW Branch in Colorado.  We welcome you to join us for education, community programs, legislative advocacy, research and scholarships for women.  By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so all women have a fair chance. 

Meet the challenge!  Get paid what you’re worth.  Take the AAUW Work Smart Online, a free one-hour course now!  AAUW’s goal is for 10 million women to be trained in salary negotiation by 2022.  Click on Get Started Now (above) to take this important course!

We encourage prospective members to click on the Interest Groups tab (on the toolbar above) to see our current Interest Groups calendar and descriptions.  Our Interest Groups provide members the opportunity to share interests, hobbies and to learn and network.  See the latest AAUW Colorado Springs Branch brochure: AAUW Brochure COS 6-30-2019

We welcome new members!  Give Membership VP Melanie Hudson a call at 719-205-7639 or e-mail membership-V-P.


LATEST BRANCH NEWSLETTER

Stay informed – read about branch news: Branch Newsletter – May 2020
 Branch Newsletter Addendum – May 2020

It’s time to renew your membership!  See details in April 2020 newsletter.
(Also, click on the graphic below to view this year’s renewal process.)

Check out our new webpage for STEM activities- click on STEM – toolbar above.


INFORMATION FOR BRANCH MEMBERS

  • April 2020 Update on 501(c)(3) status:  We are very pleased to announce that we received IRS approval of 501(c)(3) status. This tax-exempt status affords our members and branch many opportunities that we look forward to implementing.  Use these links to follow the progress  of our implementation of 501(c)(3) nonprofit (tax-exempt) status:                                             FAQs of Changing to 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Status January 24 2020 update                                        May 2020 Board 501c3 Status
  • Let’s smile to support AAUW!  An AmazonSmile, that is.  With our new 501(c)(3) status, our branch now qualifies to participate in AmazonSmile fundraiser.  Click on the  graphic (below), use your Amazon account, select AAUW Colorado Springs Branch as your charity and start shopping. 
    If you don’t have an Amazon account, click on Branch Fundraisers on toolbar (top of this page) for instructions.  Also, here is a link to FAQs to learn more about the program.      https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/about/ref=smi_aas_redirect?ie=UTF8&%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0
  • As part of the implementation of our new 501(c)(3) nonprofit (tax-exempt) status, our branch joined the Colorado Nonprofit Association.  This organization offers many value-added services, expert advice, training and opportunities to network with other nonprofit organizations.  Click on the graphic below to access their website. 
  • Latest online Branch Directory for members – (click on Branch Member Directory on toolbar above – use password)
  • Latest online Interest Group (IG) Calendar, IG Chair contact information and IG descriptions  for members – (click on Members Only on toolbar above – use password)
  • Minutes of Board meetings are available on the Members Only page (use password)

UPCOMING BRANCH MEETINGS AND PROGRAMS
Currently all branch meetings and programs are postponed due to COVID-19.  


SEE THE LATEST AAUW COLORADO STATE INFORMATION

NOTICE: REGIONAL CONFERENCE IS CANCELLED

The Rocky Mountain Regional Conference originally scheduled for June 19-21, 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19.  AAUW of Colorado is currently planning for the yearly annual meeting.  As soon as plans are available, we will provide information on this website. If you had already made hotel reservations at the Fort Collins Hilton please cancel by calling 970-482-2626 for a full refund. 

Read the latest State Bulletin: https://mailchi.mp/b275262d9f38/aauw-of-colorado-winter-20192020-bulletin

September 11-12, 2020: Fall Leadership Conference, Antlers Hotel, Colorado Springs


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