Welcome to AAUW Tacoma Branch

October Branch Meeting

Meet the Young Scientists – Our Tech Trek Campers

Saturday October 21, 2017, 10 a.m. to Noon 505 Broadway (Dana Johnson’s building), Tacoma

The October branch meeting will be the annual opportunity for branch members to meet the fabulous Tacoma branch Tech Trek campers and learn about their experiences directly from each of them. We’ve invited campers and their parents to meet you! Come at 10—there will be refreshments and time to mix and mingle.

Tech Trek, a project of AAUW Washington, is a weeklong residential STEM camp. With support from the branch mission project fund, the Dimmer Family Foundation, the Norcliffe Foundation and Tacoma branch members we sponsored 16 talented girls from the Tacoma, University Place, and Bethel school districts. Twelve went to camp at PLU, July 9-15 and 3 to the Eastern camp at Eastern Washington University July 31- August 6. There they took core classes, a wide variety of mini labs, enjoyed field trips and met successful role models with careers in science, mathematics, technology and engineering. Survey results show the camp was a great success in encouraging girls to continue their studies in STEM fields.

This meeting will also be an opportunity to learn how you can help make this great AAUW project a success for 2018. Branch volunteers contact teachers, recruit applications from 7th grade girls, interview them (such an interesting part of the process) and select the girls who get to be campers! We depend on donations from individual members to make Tech Trek a success for area girls. We must also supply either a dorm monitor or student counselor for every 8 girls we want to send; Judy Cichowitz will share her experiences as a Dorm Monitor at the Eastern camp in 2017. You or someone you know may be interested in volunteering at the camp and working with the girls directly.

Directions: 505 Broadway is located in downtown Tacoma between 4th and 6th Avenues. Parking is often a challenge so it’s a good idea to carpool if you can. Come to the front door and someone will let you in and escort you to the meeting room where there is a lovely view of the Foss Waterway and the Mountain.


Welcome to the Tacoma, WA Branch of AAUW!

Tacoma AAUW is the premier organization in our community dedicated to promoting equity for women and girls.  AAUW empowers women!

American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nation wide organization with nearly 1000 branches and over 150,000 members. Our mission it to advance equity through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.  In the Tacoma branch, members come together for the common goal of breaking through education and economic barriers for women and girls.

Public Policy: For over a century, the Tacoma branch has examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day.  Today, our agenda includes pay equity; improved and stable funding for public education; protecting the reproductive health of women and girls.

STEM: Tacoma branch sponsors middle school girls for Tech Trek, a week long camp to teach, inspire, and strengthen girls’ knowledge and dedication to science, technology, engineering and math.  We want to remove barriers women face to careers on STEM. Tech Trek WA is a life-changing opportunity for girls to excel in math and science.  To support this effort and donate, click here.

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Scholarship:  For many years, the branch has offered scholarships for college women.

Leadership:  Through our partnerships with Pacific Lutheran University, University of Washington Tacoma, and Pierce College, we offer college women student leaders the opportunity to attend leadership training and networking in Washington D.C.

Education: We offer members and the community regular programs to learn about ways to improve lives of women and girls.  Recent programs include:  “After Sexual Assault: How women can get care and why they usually don’t”; “The Politics of Being a Woman;”  “The Importance of Community Health Centers”;  Prison Pet Partnership”;  Overcoming the Glass Ceiling in Arts Leadership.


To contact us, please send email tacoma@aauw-wa.org

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