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Berkeley Branch of AAUW Hosting DACA Event on November 13, 2017

The Berkeley Branch of the AAUW Presents:


Dreamers, Policy & Passion

DACA Event at 6:30 pm on 11-13-17  Speakers Include:

  • Nancy E, O’Malley Alameda County DA
  • Dustin Bankston, Berkley Immigration Attorney
  • Invited Local Students Impacted by DACA & Others



DATE:               Monday, November 13, 2017 . . .

TIME:                6:30  to 8:30 pm

LOCATION:    Berkeley City College in the Auditorium – Lower Floor .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   . . . . . . . . .. . .. . . .  .2050 Center St., Berkeley  CA  94704 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(Half a block from the Downtown Berkeley BART Station)

COST:             Free & Open to the Public, Handicapped Accessible



Annual Fall Kick-Off Meeting on 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 Programs:  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



June Meeting – 65th Anniversary of the Oakland-Piedmont Branch!

Ballonsin Blue Sky Celebration

Celebrate our Branch’s 65th Anniversary!

Here’s our program:

  • Help us honor the two branch members who have been in AAUW the longest, as well as members beinghonored 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:

Meet the Author of The Coconut Latitudes

Meet Rita Gardner, the author of the award-winning memoir, The Coconut Latitudes, at the Rockridge Public Library on Saturday, May 20th at 11am.

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

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!

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:

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

Social Media Workshop – Friday, February 10, 2017

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:

For more information, contact Lenore Gallin at

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.

Social Media Seminar – Saturday, January 28, 2017

Opening Doors Through Social Media

Social Media IconsSocial 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 on College Avenue in Oakland
Date:      Saturday, January 28, 2017
Time:     10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Cost:      FREE

Women’s March in Oakland on January 21, 2017

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 & parade route, click here:  womens-march-oakland-event-flyer on 1 21 17

For more details, visit:

To register for this free event, go to Eventbrite at: