Non-profit organization provides opportunities and growth for women

AAUW empowers females on campus

By Kierstyn Wiley
On November 9, 2018

Photo by Ian Saint: The American Association of University Women met this week in their first meeting on ASU’s campus. They discussed upcoming events such as the upcoming election and the candidates on the ballot.

The American Association of University Women held a meeting on Nov. 1 that focused on a future conference to mentor and empower female students.

AAUW is a non-profit organization that provides women with leadership opportunities and fosters personal and professional growth. The program encourages women on college campuses to come together and create a foundation of trust between one another.

"[Our goal is] To gather women for encouragement to network and build support system for women faculty, staff and students," Dr. Gabriela Serrano, co-chair, said.

Dr. Erin Ashworth-King, co-chair, said AAUW’s mentor program encourages women to express their thoughts and gain support from the other members.

"Things they worry about or feel uncomfortable talking with people in their departments is pretty important in our shared experience of women," Ashworth-King said.

The women involved said it is beneficial to have informative conversations as it allows them to gain confidence and emotional foundation. It also helps with real-life scenarios.

"We’ve had some talks on how to balance things," said Dr. Heather Lehto, physics and geosciences assistant professor. "We had women’s conferences that helped to provide some support for women across campus."

Faculty members decided two years ago for AAUW to be on campus, so women can bond with one another when they are not preoccupied with school.

"I only get in my office and I don’t see other people," said Dr. Nicole Lozano, psychology and sociology assistant professor. "So, being able to see somebody I don’t regularly see is really nice."

The AAUW wants students to get involved with their organization on campus and share the experience with other women.

"This year, we want to look to doing more and mentoring students to be able to work and even present at the conference," Ashworth-King said.

The association plans to create a partnership with the San Angelo Family Shelter, Ashworth-King said. They also want to raise donations for families who do not have necessities for the winter.

The AAUW has distributed flyers around campus, but students can also go to their website or contact AAUW@angelo.edu for more information.

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