University Woman Texas
Volume 71 l Issue 5 l May 2020
Missed the AAUW Texas Virtual Convening?

See a recap on the AAUW Texas website .
Conference Calls
Are Now Zoom Meetings
Join us again or for the first time on Zoom
with our Vice Presidents and Public Policy Chair. 

See the schedule below advising when you can participate in a conference call regarding AAUW Funds/Fundraising, Membership, Programs, and Public Policy. We welcome anyone who has questions or ideas they want to share with others to join in at the designated time.

Below are the upcoming dates and login information:

Tuesday, May 12 at 5:00 pm CT
Membership with Gloria Long 
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 879 7944 6099
Access by phone: 346.248.7799

Thursday, May 14 at 5:00 pm CT
Public Policy with Crystal Garcia
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 896 7162 6079
Access by phone: 346.248.7799

Tuesday, May 19 at 4:00 pm
AAUW Funds/Fundraising with Jean Dodds
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 810 9282 5958
Access by phone: 346.248.7799

Thursday, May 21 at 4:00 pm
Programs with Melodia Gutierrez
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 883 3640 3714
Access by phone: 346.248.7799
AAUW Statement on Rollback of Title IX Protections
American Association of University Women (AAUW) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kim Churches issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Education final Title IX regulations for schools dealing with sexual misconduct:

Although the nation is facing an unprecedented health emergency that requires singular focus, today the Trump Administration issued a rule that will substantially weaken Title IX, rolling back important protections for student survivors of sexual harassment and assault.

The decision by the U.S. Department of Education to move forward with this change follows more than a year of vigorous opposition from survivor advocacy organizations, civil rights groups and educational institutions. The outrageous new rule will make it harder for students who’ve experienced sexual harassment or violence to come forward to get the protections Title IX was created to provide.

Compounding the outrage is the fact that this rule is being finalized amid a global crisis that is causing confusion and unrest, specifically within the education community. To proceed with a policy change that will require extensive resources for training and implementation while students and schools are already facing unprecedented challenges is positively shameful.

In the best of times, the rule is ill-advised: It threatens to turn back the clock, reversing policies that were put in place to make it easier for survivors to report sexual misconduct. The rules will stack the deck against survivors, making it too onerous, even traumatic, for many to come forward. In short, the rule is antithetical to the fundamental promise of Title IX, that all students deserve access to an education free from sex discrimination.

But these are among the worst of times. We urge the Administration to keep its focus on protecting our colleges and universities, minding the shaky economy and on keeping Americans healthy and safe. To deprive American students of badly needed protections right now is just plain wrong.
Equal Pay Days
Contact your representatives
 to remind them about each equal pay day.
Asian Women Equal Pay Day
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

All Women vs. All Men
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Mom’s Equal Pay Day
Thursday, June 4, 2020
Black Women Equal Pay Day
Thursday, August 13, 2020

Native Women Equal Pay Day
Thursday, October 1, 2020

Latina Equal Pay Day
Thursday, October 29, 2020
AAUW Upcoming Member Webinars

May 12, 2020, 5:00 p.m. E.T.
State Legislator Roundtable Discussion: Governing During a Crisis
Sen. Tim Knopp (Oregon), Sen. Lori Berman (Florida), Rep. Athena Salman (Arizona), and Rep. Stephanie Howse (Ohio) will be joining us for a roundtable discussion on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted how they govern, what it means for their non-emergency legislative priorities, and how it has exacerbated or mitigated partisan differences. They’ll also share insight on current conversations about reopening their states for business.

May 18, 2020, 5:00 p.m. E.T.
Skype A Scientist creator Pro. Sarah McAnulty:
STEM Leadership in Online Resources During COVID-19
AAUW American Fellowship alumna and University of Connecticut Assistant Research Prof. Sarah McAnulty is a squid biologist and science communicator. She is the founder and executive director of Skype a Scientist, a non-profit organization that connects scientists and teachers around the world for live video calls. The demand for online tools and resources has grown exponentially during COVID-19 as educators and parents struggle with the “new schoolhouse.” Join us to learn more about Dr. McAnulty’s fascinating career journey and her amazing STEM resource!

May 28, 2020, 5:00 p.m. E.T.
Social Media Advocacy 101
Social media is an effective tool to extend our reach and mobilize supporters around issues impacting women and girls. We will explore best practices and resources for issues-based outreach and “get out the vote” efforts​ during the pandemic and beyond. Join us for this introductory workshop and learn how you can use social media to best support your advocacy efforts.

Dear AAUW Members:

I hope you saw my recent email about the generous fundraising match provided by our National board of directors and National committee leaders. Since I sent that note, more AAUW leaders have come forward and asked to contribute to the match, which now stands at $23,000! That means, from now through May 30, we’ll double all gifts to AAUW up to $23,000 so we can continue our important work together to advance equity through uncertain times.

Please, donate to protect the economic security of women, who comprise many of the nation’s caregivers, health care workers and service employees at the front lines of the coronavirus crisis.

Our leaders offered this generous match because they understand how important it is for us to continue our crucial mission work and to sustain AAUW’s operations at a time when so many funding sources are no longer available. Indeed, most nonprofits are anticipating at least 50% cuts in philanthropy due to the pandemic.

When you give to AAUW, you’ll be providing the critical unrestricted support we need to preserve our organization today so we can keep building a better tomorrow for women and their families. And you’ll be helping to ensure we can respond quickly to crisis situations like the one we’re living through together.

Thank you for your support and please stay safe,
Kimberly Churches
Chief Executive Officer
Five-Star Recognition Program

Remember to submit your Five-Star information
as the branch achieves each star.

The Northeast Tarrant County Branch has received its fourth star in the Five Star Recognition Program! The Northeast Tarrant County Branch is the third branch in the nation to reach this milestone!

The Equity Network

The Equity Network is aligned with the AAUW strategic plan under the Governance and Sustainability area of focus to bring in new donors and new audiences. The Network was launched as a small pilot effort this year to specifically reach Millennial and Generation Z (21-40 year old women, men and nonbinary gendered people) who care about equity issues, but aren’t interested in joining more traditional membership organizations. AAUW moved the pilot efforts in March from in-person gatherings to online, and have been engaging between 200-600 people per online Zoom webinar. Attendees are requested to make a $50 donation (it is not membership dues, but a contribution) to become a part of The Equity Network, where they will gain professional development, networking, and advocacy on equity issues. Check out the AAUW website for more information about The Equity Network .
Nacogdoches Branch
(These pictures got lost on the internet, so they did not make it into the Convening recognition.)

Education & Training – Addressing the barriers and implicit biases that hinder advancement of women.
Goal A: Train 1000 Texas women using WorkSmart or StartSmart curriculum by 2020.
Goal B: Establish recurring program activities that support the AAUW mission.
Goal C: Every branch applies for the MAP award.

Economic Security – Ensuring livelihoods for women.
Goal A: Every branch engages in a pay equity activity annually.
Goal B: Provide written or oral testimony on state legislation related to women’s economic security.

Leadership – Closing the gender gap in leadership opportunities.
Goal A: Create a Lobby Corp.
Goal B: Identify organizations that train women to be appointed to governing and advisory boards.

Governance & Sustainability – Ensuring the strength, relevance, and viability of AAUW well into the future.
Goal A: Enhance communication between AAUW Texas and all members in Texas.
Goal B: Build the pipeline of future leaders to sustain the organization.
L to R: Lucy Barrington, Ann Berasley, Susan Roehrig, Ginny Phoenix, Jean Dodds, Marina Rivers, Malinda Gaul, Melodia Gutierrez, Pam Wolfe, Crystal Garcia, Gloria Long, Brenda Moss, Dixie Christian, Barbara Cager
Elected Officers  
Malinda Gaul
Melodia Gutierrez
Gloria Long
Jean Dodds
Pam Wolfe
Susan Roehrig

Elected District Representatives
Brenda Moss
Marina Rivers
Barbara Cager
Dixie Christian
Lucy Barrington

Standing Committees
Ann Berasley
Crystal Garcia
Lynn Hagan

Communications Team
Ginny Phoenix
Janani Janakiraman

Program VP
Membership VP
Finance Officer

South District
Central District
North District
North District
West District

Public Policy
Branch Services Officer/College University Rep