About Us

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a national organization that promotes equity for all women and girls, lifelong education, and positive societal change.  Our commitment to these issues is reflected in our activism.  Our branch has more than 90 active members; we meet regularly as a group for programs of common interest and also in smaller interest groups.  Many lifelong friendships are forged through the activities of the branch.

It’s quick and easy to join AAUW Oakland-Piedmont!   Click here to access our membership form.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Join us at this year’s

Annual Kick-Off Meeting

Dr. Tammeil Gilkerson, President Laney College

       Dr. Tammeil Gilkerson,
     President Laney College

Guest Speaker:  Our featured speaker is Dr. Tammeil Gilkerson, the President Laney College.  She’ll address the challenges in higher education today, her vision for Laney and the broader community and how our branch might work with her.

National Convention Highlights & Upcoming Events:  Diane Rawicz, our branch’s First Vice President, attended the AAUW national convention in June.  She’ll share AAUW’s priorities for the year, as well as insights and moments of inspiration.  Diane will also speak about upcoming programs of our branch.

Tech Trek Highlights:  As always, we’ll  hear from some of the wonderful girls who attended Tech Trek this summer, who will discuss how their experiences have opened up a world in which they can envision a future in a STEM career.


DATE:   Saturday, September 9, 2017
TIME:   9:30 – Registration/Silent Auction/Continental Breakfast  10am – Program
LOCATION:  East Bay Parks Trudeau Training Center, 11500 Skyline Blvd. Oakland
COST:    Free

Saturday, June 3, 2017 – Members Program

Celebrate our Branch’s 65th Anniversary!

Ballonsin Blue Sky CelebrationHere’s our program:

  • Help us honor the two branch members who have been in AAUW the longest, as well as members being honored for service to the branch.
  • Thank out-going Board officers, and vote for and welcome new Board officers.
  • Watch a short presentation on AAUW highlights since the 1950s.
  • Listen to AAUW Fellow Je’Nen Chastain, a leader in the field of architecture, talk about her focus on the intersection of design and business strategy.

Finally, share some delicious cake with us!

ALL attendees will be entered into a raffle to win a year’s free membership!

DATE:   Saturday, June 3, 2017
TIME:    10:00-11:30 AM
LOCATION:  Veterans Memorial Building — 200 Grand Avenue, Oakland
COST:    Free

PLEASE RSVP –  either way –  to help us plan for the event at:

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Meet Rita Gardner, the author of the award-winning memoir, The Coconut Latitudes, at the Rockridge Public Library.

The Coconut Latitudes is a heartbreaking account of her family’s life-changing decision at the end of World War II to leave the United States and start a coconut plantation in a tropical paradise.   Far from being in the envisioned Eden, they found themselves in the path of hurricanes, in the grip of a brutal dictator, and on the way to a family crisis that changed their lives forever.

Rita will share the story of how she came to write her memoir, and read a few excerpts.  She will also provide some insight into the writing and her path to publication, and will be happy to entertain questions.

The event is free, but please register to reserve your place at the EventBrite link below.

Rita M. Gardner is a writer, photographer, and painter.  She grew up in the Dominican Republic during a repressive dictatorship, and wrote The Coconut Latitudes, an award-winning Gardner’s memoir of that experience.  Gardner is also a contributor to two other nonfiction books published in 2016, The Magic of Memoir and Wandering in Andalusia.

Gardner’s essays, articles, poetry, and photographs have appeared in literary journals, travel magazines, and newspapers. Rita lives in Richmond and still follows her childhood passions — writing, traveling, hiking, and photography.

Date & Time:  Saturday, May 20, 2017, 11am to 1pm

Time:  11am to 1pm

Location:  The Rockridge Public Library at 5366 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618

Cost:  Free

RSVP at:  Eventbrite

2017 Tech Trek Tea on April 22nd – Members Program

We are sending 12 girls to camp this year!

Bring a friend and come on April 22nd — hats optional — to the annual tea benefit in support of our branch’s scholarship winners.

The week-long camp at Sonoma State University for middle-school girls will encompass a variety of science, math and technology programs.

Any contribution at your comfort level is most appreciated; see page 1 of the April VOICE for details on making a donation.

DATE:   Saturday, April 22, 2017
TIME:    3pm to 5pm
PLACE & RSVP:  Check page 1 of the April VOICE
COST:    Donations of any amount are welcome!

March Activities:  International Women’s Day & Women’s March

On International Women’s Day, March 8th:  Women and our allies will mark the day by recognizing the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system, while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity.

You can join A Day Without A Woman on March 8th in one or all of the following ways:

  1. Women take the day off, from paid and unpaid labor;
  2. Avoid shopping for one day (with exceptions for small, women- and minority-owned businesses).
  3. Wear RED in solidarity with A Day Without A Woman.

Women's March in OaklandWomen’s March Activities:   You  can follow up on by signing up at their website for email alerts:  https://www.womensmarch.com/

Every ten days for one hundred days The Women’s March will announce an action that you can participate in to mobilize and demand that our elected officials hear our voices.

As an official partner of the Women’s March, AAUW supports these actions and encourages you to participate!

In February, we were asked to gather together in “huddles” to define next steps, and envision how to transform the energy we saw at Women’s Marches into local and national action. You can still participate in or lead a Huddle: go to https://www.womensmarch.com/100/

Friday, February 10, 2017 – All-Day Workshop

 Learn everything  you need to know about  
  Twitter, Facebook,  and Instagram at our    

Social Media Boot Camp

Few of us can escape social media, most of us have tried it and many of us can’t live without it.  In the right hands, it can expand our social networks, advance our careers, help our organizations grow and be a megaphone for nonprofits to reach their communities.

 Suzanne Frew, a specialist in social media communications for community leaders, will conduct this session.

By the conclusion of this workshop:  participants will understand the challenges and trends of social media, know how to use social media platforms and applications, understand the basics of message development and online outreach, and have practical knowledge on how to best use use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

To ensure individualized instruction and hands-on training:  the workshop is limited to 20 persons.  Participants must have open accounts for Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and bring their own laptop or tablet.  If you don’t yet have these accounts, come at 8:30am to set yours up.

Where:   Henry Street, Oakland (Address will be provided after you register)
Date:      Friday, February 10, 2017
Time:     9:00 AM – 4PM  (with a lunch break from Noon to 1pm)
Cost:      $60 for two 3-hour sessions, with a continental breakfast and buffet lunch included

Registration is required:  The workshop is limited to 20 participants, so sign up now at:    tinyurl.com/aauw-social-media

For more information, contact Lenore Gallin at lgallin@dvc.edu.

Suzanne Frew is President of The Frew Group, a woman-owned company specializing in social media.  Suzanne develops and leads workshops and training for government officials and community-based organizations.

January 28, 2017 – Seminar

Opening Doors Through Social Media

Social media has made an enormous impact on society, with positive and negative effects — you need only reflect on the recent Presidential election to see the measure of its influence.

As it’s now a case of managing social media or its managing us, Suzanne Frew’s introductory lecture is not to be missed!

Topics will include:

*  What are the strengths and weaknesses of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram?
*  How can social media be a megaphone for nonprofits to reach their communities?
*  Can online networking help you meet new people, launch a job search or see your organization grow?

 There will also be a question/answer session to explore areas of specific interest.
Suzanne Frew is President of The Frew Group,  a company specializing in social media.  Suzanne develops and leads workshops and training for government officials and community-based organizations.

Where:   Rockridge Library
Date:      Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time:     10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Cost:      FREE

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Join us at the Women’s March in Oakland

Women's March in OaklandMeet us at Madison Park in Oakland at 10 a.m.  At 11am, the march will begin up Oak Street to Grand Street along Lake Merritt, then continue on Broadway to end at Frank Ogawa Plaza.   At 12:30 p.m, the rally will start, with speakers, art & music concluding at 3 p.m.

Map Download:  To see a map with the meeting place & march route, click here:  womens-march-oakland-event-flyer on 1 21 17

For more details, visit:   https://womensmarchbayarea.org/oakland-march/

To register for this free event, go to Eventbrite at:  https://goo.gl/i70L9s

September 10, 2016 

Annual Fall Kick-Off Program

Tech Trek Scholarship winners for 2016

Meet with some of our 2016 scholarship winners about their experience at this summer’s Tech Trek STEM camp.

Becoming a member of the Oakland-Piedmont branch of the AAUW is a great way to help your community, make friends and develop your leadership skills.

Come learn about our mission, community service projects and special interest social activities at this year’s kick-off meeting.

Bring a friend!


  • 9:30 – Registration – Silent Auction – Continental Breakfast
  • 10:00 – Program and Introduction to AAUW Oakland-Piedmont

DATE:    Saturday, September 10, 2016
TIME:     9:30am to Noon
PLACE:  East Bay Parks Trudeau Training Center
………….11500 Skyline Blvd., Oakland


June 4, 2016

Annual Meeting & Chapel of the Times Tour

Julia Morgan's Chapel of the Chimes Cloister

Julia Morgan’s Chapel of the Chimes, the Cloister

Following a short business meeting and a welcome to our new branch officers, we will have a presentation by Julia Morgan impersonator Betty Marvin.

A tour of the Chapel of the Chimes will follow with a focus on the art and architecture that Julia Morgan brought to Oakland.


Bring a friend and introduce her to AAUW Oakland-Piedmont!

An optional lunch at DOPO on Piedmont Avenue will follow.  Reservations are required for lunch only.

DATE:    Saturday, June 4, 2016
TIME:     10am to Noon
PLACE:  Chapel of the Chimes
………….4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland

COST:    FREE – to attend the Tour & meeting

Lunch RSVP:  Contact Judy McCord if you plan to join us for lunch.

Members Program – April 16, 2016

Annual Tech Trek Tea

We are sending 11 girls to camp this year!

Tech Trek Girl ImageBring a friend and come on April 16th — hats optional — to the annual tea benefit in support of our branch’s scholarship winners.

The week-long camp at Sonoma State University for middle-school girls will encompass a variety of science, math and technology programs.

Any contribution at your comfort level is most appreciated; see page 5 of the April VOICE for details on making a donation.

DATE:   Saturday, April 16, 2016
TIME:    3pm to 5pm
PLACE & RSVP:  Check page 5 of the April VOICE
COST:    Donations of any amount are welcome!

For more information on Tech Trek:  please see the AAUW
webpage: aauw-techtrek.org

Public Program – March 16, 2016

Presented in Partnership with the Alameda Branch of the AAUW, the League of Women Voters and the College of Alameda

Human Trafficking

March Program on Human Trafficking







Join keynote speaker, Alameda County District Attorney, Nancy O’Malley, and Marty Parker, of the FBI, as they discuss how to recognize and respond to this growing problem.  The presentation will be followed by Q & A session afterward.

There will also be research tables with materials from Heat Watch, Missey, Modern Slavery & Awareness Project and the City of Alameda Task Force.

DATE: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
TIME: Noon to 1pm
PLACE: College of Alameda, Building F, 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway in Alameda
COST: Free

Note:  Please make sure to register in advance to receive a parking pass. . . . . . . . . . .  RSVP at:  http://coaaauwhumantraffic.eventbrite.com

Public Program – February 20, 2016

Readers Theater: Speaking A Woman’s Life

Come hear a dramatic journey into the psychological country of women, which will feature readings from women writers breaking silence about their age, color and sense of self.

This premier performance is an original audience participation production created by AAUW branch member and author Kathleen Cha. The piece stars branch members taking on the voices of women from around the world through reading selections from a broad range of women writers.

DATE:  Saturday, February 20, 2016

TIME:  10:30am – 12:30pm

PLACE: Rockridge Library, 5366 College Avenue, Oakland

COST:  Free

Contact Lenore Gallin: for more information and if you plan to attend: lgallinm@dvc.edu

Public Program for Thursday, October 8, 2015

First  Annual  California  AAUW
Cuba Retrospective/Reunion

Come hear from AAUW Members about the 2015 Tour to Cuba

Bring your family and friends and all those interested in learning about Cuba.  The program includes:

2015 10 Program - Web FLAGS Pic 9 7 15Reports from the Field:    Members of the first California AAUW People-to-People Tour to Cuba, sponsored by the Oakland-Piedmont Branch, will share their experiences and insights at this crucial time in U.S. Cuban relations.

2.  Light Cuban Supper

3. Cuban Music, Salsa  Dancing and Dancing Lessons

DATE:    Thursday, October 8, 2015
TIME:     6:30pm to 10 pm
PLACE:  The Public Room, Kathleen Cha’s Place, Oakland

Contact Lenore Gallin for more information:   lgallinm@dvc.edu

Public Program for Saturday, September 12, 2015

Annual Fall Kick-Off Meeting with

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

2015 9 September Program Image


Join us for a Town Hall Forum with Mayor Libby Schaaf on the status of women in Oakland.

9:30 am:  Registration – Continental Breakfast – Silent Auction.

10 am:  Program with the Mayor and introduction to the Oakland-Piedmont branch of the AAUW.


DATE:    Saturday, September 12, 2015
TIME:     9:30am to Noon
PLACE:  East Bay Parks Trudeau Training Center
………….11500 Skyline Blvd., Oakland


For more information:   Contact branch President Barbara Norum at:  barbara@norum.ca

Members Events for June 2015

Program & Budget Planning for 2015 – 2016


Your voice is needed!  Help us plan for next year.  …………………………. Join us at either or both meetings.

Wednesday June 3rd:  Program Planning for 2015 – 2016

Program planning for next year will start with a potluck salad & dessert dinner followed by discussion.

Wednesday, June 10th:  Budget Planning for 2015 – 2016

All are welcome and needed to plan for the year ahead.

RSVP:   Contact Barbara Norum about both meetings

Members Event on April 18, 2015:

Tech Trek Tea

’Tis time to attend the annual Tech Trek Tea, a benefit in support of Tech Trek
Science/Math/Technology Camp.

We are sending 10 girls to camp this year!

Tech Trek Girl ImageThe Tea will feature April flowers and treats galore!

Hats are optional.   Bring a Friend!

Any donation at your comfort level appreciated.  Please refer to page 7 of the April Voice  to see how you can help our branch continue to make available such a wonderful opportunity for middle-school girls.

For more information on Tech Trek:  please see the AAUW
webpage: aauw-techtrek.org.

DATE:   Saturday, April 18, 2015
TIME:    3pm to 5pm
PLACE & RSVP:  Check your copy of the April Voice
COST:    Donation of any amount

Tech Trek Scholars - Summer 2014

Scholarship winners from 2014 Summer Tech Trek Camp:  Left to Right: Front row – Kaii, Gabriela & Doanh and Back row – Maria, Moncerrath, Dagney and Hannah.

Public Event on Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Summer Camps Fair Logo

Find a summer program or camp for your child at

AAUW Oakland-Piedmont’s 33rd Annual
Children’s Summer Programs Fair

Meet directors and representatives of programs on sports, music, drama, technology, adventure and much more!  Both day programs and overnight camps are available.

To learn more and to download the Fair flyer with complete information, go to the Summer Camps & Programs page.

DATE:   Sunday, March 8, 2015
TIME:    1pm to 4:30pm
PLACE:  Scottish Rite Center in Oakland

Public Program for January 31, 2015

Alison GopnikMeet the Author:  Alison Gopnik

Come hear Alison Gopnik, a leader in the study of children’s learning and development and a pioneer in the field of cognitive science.

She will speak about  her books and about her experiences as a woman working in a scientific field.

About the Author:  Alison Gopnik is a professor of psychology and affiliate professor of philosophy at UC Berkeley.   Among the books she has authored are:  The Scientist in the Crib, How Babies Think, and The Philosophical Baby.

Some of the books authored by Alison Gopnik

Some of the books authored by Alison Gopnik

DATE:   Saturday, January 31, 2015
TIME:   1pm to 3pm
PLACE:  Dimond Branch Library
……….. 3565 Fruitvale Avenue in Oakland
COST:    Free

November 2014 Meeting:

STEM Panel Presentation – From College to Career

STEM Education Image


Join us with co-host Holy Names High School for a session that explores routes from college to a successful career in a STEM field.

The panel will discuss their backgrounds, what it’s like for a young woman to work in STEM fields today, what they wish they had known as students, and their advice for the next generation of STEM career women.

Among our panelists will be young women early in their careers as:
• a biofuels researcher from the Joint BioEnergy Institute
• a software engineer from Google
• a manager at Black Girls CODE
• a representative from GoldieBlox

Panel moderator:  Linda Kekelis is an AAUW Oakland-Piedmont branch member and CEO of Techbridge, an organization that inspires girls to discover a passion for technology, science and engineering.

Who should attend:  This program is for middle school, high school and community college students, as well as their parents, teachers and mentors.

DATE:   Saturday, November 8, 2014
TIME:   1pm to 2:30pm
PLACE:  Holy Names High School
……….. 4660 Harbord Drive, Oakland, CA  94618
COST:    Free / Please RSVP

For more information, including directions and how to RSVP, download the event flyer here:   STEM Event – College to Career – on Sat 11-8-14

 Members:  Please send your RSVP to Nancy Adams.

September 2014 Meeting:

Join Us for Brunch & Our Fall Kick-Off Program!

Branch member Lenore Gallin will speak on women's issues in Cuba

Branch member Lenore Gallin will speak on women’s issues in Cuba

Left to Right: Front row - Kaii, Gabriela & Doanh Back row - Maria, Moncerrath, Dagney & Hannah.

Left to Right: Front row – Kaii, Gabriela & Doanh Back row – Maria, Moncerrath,
Dagney & Hannah.

Catch up with friends and meet new ones while you:

  • Learn about women’s issues today in Cuba from branch member Lenore Gallin
  • Hear the returning Tech Trek girls talk about their time at this year’s Tech Trek camp
  • Learn what the branch has in store for the coming year
  • Bid for treasures at the silent auction door prizes and MORE

Bring a friend or two; we have special deals for new members!

A light brunch will be served.


DATE:…. …Saturday, September 6, 2014
TIME:……. 10am – Noon
PLACE:…. .East Bay Parks, Trudeau Training Center,
……………11500 Skyline Blvd., Oakland MAP
RSVP:…….Barbara Norum at 510-816-0873

To view previous events:   Go to the sidebar on the right and select the ‘Events Archive’ from the drop-down Branch blog categories.