A UH Mānoa RIO and Office of Civic and Community Engagement Program
October 2021 Newsletter
The American Association of University Women at UH Mānoa (AAUW-UHM) is and will continue to be active for the 2021-22 academic school year.

The mission of our Registered Independent Organization (RIO) is to promote the values of AAUW on the UHM campus and in the community; we are working towards equality in society by providing the tools necessary for women to gain economic security, to pursue their education, and advocate for women's rights.

AAUW-UHM's internship program, consisting of five students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, is housed in the Office of Civic and Community Engagement, under the supervision of Director Atina Pascua, and sponsored by the AAUW Honolulu Branch.

To become a member, please email aauw.uhmanoa@gmail.com expressing your interest. We will ask follow up questions at that time. In order to have an active-status in our RIO, we ask that you attend at least one event every semester. We have no membership fees. Our RIO is open to everyone!
Upcoming Events: October
Where Do We Live?
The Journey to Becoming an Anti-Racist Parent
Anti-Racist Parenting Through the Expansion of Our Understanding of ʻĀina

Join the UHM Office of Civic and Community Engagement in partnership with the American Association of University Women at UHM (AAUW-UHM RIO), Student Parents at Mānoa (SP@M), and the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center (TRHT) part of the UHM Native Hawaiian Place of Learning Office to discuss the question: "where do we live?

Featured Speaker: Sonya Zabala –
Native Hawaiian Place of Learning Advancement office at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa & design team member for UHM’s Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Center.
Wednesday, October 20 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM HST 
October Movie Nights
Streaming on Zoom
RSVP to get your FREE Movie Kit, available for contactless pickup on-campus at QLC 209.

East Side Sushi Movie Night
Wednesday, October 6
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Skater Girl Movie Night
& Peace Corps Discussion
Wednesday, October 27
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
The movie will be followed by a presentation and discussion with our Peace Corps recruiters.
AAUW-UHM's Movie Night Series is presented in partnership with the UH Mānoa Office of Civic and Community Engagement, and the Peace Corps.
Container Gardening Workshop

Please join AAUW-UHM in our ongoing Healthy Living & Wellness workshop series!

This month will be offering a gardening workshop, where we will learn about container gardens that you can keep on your lanai or at your window.

This event will be limited to ten (10) participants, based on order of RSVP. The first 3 people to RSVP will also get a window box planter!

Just bring: Gardening gloves & containers you may want to recycle for use as planters.
Other planters, seeds, and soil will be provided.

Friday, October 15th | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM HST
Getting your hands in the soil is good for you in many ways, as you are able to connect with ‘āina and provide your home with some nourishment. Here are some fun facts about the power of plants and gardening:

• Having 10-15 houseplants can filter the air in a room! 

• This activity can also increase our healthy fruit and vegetable consumption, and
create more positive attitudes to healthy food in children.

• Group gardening makes space to for mental health breaks by reducing stress and
contributing to social interactions with others.

• Mycobacterium vaccae, a bacterium in soil, has been found to trigger the release
of seratonin, which in turn improves mood and possibly even brain function.

• When indoors, plants give us a biological and aesthetic comfort which can boost our
mood and productivity.

•.We can be proud of our gardening work and are rewarded with beauty and/or
something we can eat.

There are many ways to learn and get involved in your community! One way is community gardens, which allow you to have your own garden space in the city. For more information on locations and openings visit: http://www.honolulu.gov/parks/hbg/community-gardens.html

You can also check out these volunteer sites:
Atina Pascua: AAUW-UHM Intern Supervisor
Atina Pascua, AAUW-UHM's supervisor and mentor, is a tenured Professor at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She serves as both the Director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement and the Executive Director of Hawaiʻi Pacific Islands Campus Compact. 

Atina Pascua is a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University, with degrees in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel Administration. On the UH Mānoa Campus, her office works with over 22,000 students, both undergraduate and graduate, over 2,400 Faculty, and more than 200 non-profit organizations in Hawaiʻi. She has received numerous grants to support civic engagement work and has served as a Grant Principal Investigator on over 20 Projects/Grants. 

Atina first became aware of AAUW at UH Mānoa when the program was located in the UH Women’s Center, when she helped one of her students write a small grant to AAUW National for an outreach project. Years later, Atina was approached with the possibility of her office becoming more involved with AAUW, which is when she would become the mentor. Since then, she has grown the effort each year, and is very proud of the work that AAUW at UH Mānoa has produced, over the past four years, with the efforts of the talented women in both the RIO and intern team.

"They are incredibly talented and selfless in the commitment that they have to bring the programming to help women on our campus and in Hawaiʻi," Atina says. "I am truly blessed to be able to watch them flourish as they embrace their potential as members of our team working on issues that they feel are important to our students and our world."
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The Office of Title IX protects members of the UH Mānoa community from all forms of sex/gender harassment, discrimination, and misconduct—including domestic violence and dating violence.
UH Mānoa's confidential advocate, Jamie Newalu, can be reached at manoaadv@hawaii.edu or (808) 956-9499.
Additional Resources:
Domestic Violence Action Center - a Hawaiʻi nonprofit organization
Rebecca Koeroessy: AAUW Intern and
Peer Educator at PAU Violence, KCC
Meet Rebecca Koeroessy, the newest member of the AAUW intern team!

Originally from Sweden, Rebecca is currently a student at Kapiʻolani Community College (KCC), where she also works as a Peer Educator for the PAU Violence Coalition.
PAU stands for Prevention, Awareness, and Understanding. The goal of KCC's PAU Violence Coalition is to promote healthy, respectful relationships and safety for students on campus.

"PAU's work is so important because it's working towards creating a safe campus community for everyone by educating and empowering," Rebecca said. "The coalition is working towards creating a culture of respect and ending all forms of sexual and gender-based violence."

As a peer educator, Rebecca's work has included event planning for the coalition's [respect] campaign, creating materials for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and giving presentations about interpersonal violence to incoming students. The coalition has adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic by focusing on social media campaigns as a way to encourage student and community involvement.

Rebecca describes the KCC PAU Violence Coalition as an "extremely dedicated" and "passionate" group, with a strong commitment to creating a safer campus environment.

"I see our team as a family, and they have all been a part of shaping me into the person I am today," Rebecca said.
PAU Violence at UH Mānoa
UH Mānoa's PAU Violence Program is available to support students via email (uhmpau@hawaii.edu) for questions or to schedule online/telephone appointments.

Their Instagram is @pauviolence.
Latina Equal Pay Day
This year's Latina Equal Pay Day is on October 21, 2021.

Latina women are paid just 55 cents for every dollar paid to white men, according to AAUW's Equal Pay Day Calendar.

Latina Equal Pay Day is in October "because it takes the average Latina woman, working full-time year-round, 10 extra months to earn what the average white non-Hispanic man earns in 1 year" (Equal Rights Advocates).
Check out AAUW Honolulu Branch President Hope Bennett's video message about how AAUW Honolulu is working to close the gender pay gap for all women in Hawaiʻi.
AAUW Honolulu Branch Updates
AAUW Honolulu was founded in 1905 as the College Club. Created to promote “the higher ideals of education among women” it became an official branch of the American Association of University Women in 1922.
The deadline to apply for AAUW Honolulu's Career and Leadership Development Grant is coming up!

Grants of up to $4,000 each are available to women who are currently living and/or working and/or studying in Hawai‘i.

Applications are due on October 15, 2021
Equity Network Hawaiʻi Event:
Women Mean Business

Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021
Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm
RSVP by November 4

This virtual speaker panel will feature female business executives who will share their professional challenges and memorable triumphs.
aauw.uhmanoa@gmail.com | (808) 956-4641