AAUW of Utah

Some of our recent Activities and Events include:

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AAUW of Utah Convention – April 29, 2017

Wasatch Branch was the host branch for the 2017 AAUW of Utah Convention held at the Cottonwood Club in Holladay, Utah, April 29, 2017.  An energetic and creative committee of Wasatch Branch and Salt Lake City Branch members came together to put on one of our best attended and most intellectually stimulating AAUW of Utah Conventions.

With Women Unlimited as the theme, three excellent panels were convened.

We heard from two young women from the University of Utah Praxis Lab who presented their prize-winning project, a video and a website to be implemented on the University of Utah Campus to educate students about sexual assault and create an online hotline for reporting at the University of Utah.

Two AAUW Fellows studying at the University of Utah spoke to us about their fields of graduate study facilitated by AAUW fellowships.

Students and younger women were encouraged to attend this convention and we were gratified to have several from the University of Utah.

Women Unlimited:  Overcoming Barriers of Sexual Assault.

Sheila McCann, the Salt Lake Tribune lead editor on the campus Sexual Assault story led out on the panel, describing the reporting process over several years, one that brought a Pulitzer Prize to the paper.  She also brought a moving and beautiful display of pictures taken by Tribune photographers through the course of the reporting

Morgan Klinkowski a student and sexual assault survivor from Utah State University, was featured in some of the Tribune articles.  Her brave rendition of her story including the shame of the event, the family difficulties that it brought, and the process of her emotional and mental recovery brought us to our feet and to tears.

Julie Valentine, PHD, RN, from BYU brought much needed attention to the lack of processing of rape kits.  She is still working tirelessly to continue to raise awareness of the problem across the country.  Meanwhile she still works as a trauma nurse, having put in an all-night shift treating 3 sexual trauma victims the night before she spoke to us.

Deborah Dilley, trauma consultant rounded out that panel.  Her experience in counseling and working with victims brought great insight and understanding of the difficulties the victims face as they consider whether to report, and as they try to heal after the trauma.

Women Unlimited:  Overcoming Barriers to Workplace Success.

This panel featured women from very diverse backgrounds and occupations, and each had much to share with us about their keys to success.

Anne Burkholder, YWCA CEO,  has changed the face of the YWCA as it has become the safe haven for women and children.  She has brought together the many women’s groups in the community to help them create powerful coalitions, and she is one of the founders of and provides continuing support to Real Women Run

 Colonel Kirsten Streukens is the commander of the 151st refueling wing of the Air National Guard.  We all admired her ability to pursue this career, attending the Air Force academy, amassing over 4,500 flight hours, serving in Iraq and other deployments, working up through the ranks.  She transitioned from active military to the Air National Guard and now oversees the training and contingency operations of 1,400 Citizen Airmen at Hill Air Force Base

.Brenda Bowen, is an Associate Professor of Geology & Geophysics, and the Director of the Global Change & Sustainability Center at the University of Utah. Her current research is focused on evaluating coupled human and natural processes that are impacting Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats, the role of faults in focusing groundwater flow in the Basin and Range, and landscape evolution of Red Butte Creek.  She entertained us with her adventures and encounters as she conducted her field research.

Women Unlimited:  Overcoming Barriers to Political Empowerment.

This panel spoke to the angst we are all feeling about the lack of women’s voices in politics.  The panel focused on the process of political change.  How do we get things done in this charged atmosphere? Referendums and initiatives? Work in coalitions?  Open forums?    Find our voice through public means—editorials, letters to the editor?

We know we need to encourage more women to run for office starting at the local level and working up.  How do successful legislators work within the process to get their bills passed?  What is the difference, as many are not successful?  These issues and more were addressed by the experienced panel.

Jani Iwamoto, Utah State Senator and AAUW member of Salt Lake City Branch.  She previously served on the Salt Lake County Council, becoming the first Asian American woman to be elected in the state of Utah.  Jani serves in the senate leadership as Senate Caucus Manager.  She is a member of numerous legislative committees, commissions and task forces, including Rules, Legislative Management, several Appropriations committees. In the 2016 session she successfully changed the Utah code to provide protections to workers from gender discrimination. She is especially interested in promoting women, minorities and good people to run for office.  Jani was honored to speak at the White House for The New American Leadership Project which helps New Americans run for office.

 Sheryl Allen, Sheryl Allen served in the Utah House of Representatives for sixteen years until 2011.  During that time she served as President of the Women’s Legislative Network, an advisory council to the United States Trade Representative, and received the U.S. state legislator of the year award from Americans for the Arts as well as the Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Award.  She currently serves on the board of Real Women Run, a group that advocates for more women in office and provides training in that endeavor.  She also serves on the KUED advisory board and teaches The Pulse of Utah Politics for the Osher Department of the University of Utah.  In a recent Tribune article Sheryl spoke out against the recently passed requirement that school board elections will be partisan.

 Ann Mackin, Ann Mackin is one of the founding members of Real Women Run – Find Your Voice which was launched in 2011 at the YWCA. She serves as the Chairperson of the Real Women Run Board this year. Ann Mackin worked in corporate finance, accounting and manufacturing operations for many years. For the past 12 years she has served in leadership roles in Higher Education. Currently, she is at Western Governor’s University.  Ann serves as a Planning Commissioner for the City of Holladay.

 Tim Fitzpatrick,  Tim Fitzpatrick is The Salt Lake Tribune’s deputy editor and editorial page editor. In his 35 years at The Tribune, he has produced award-winning journalism as a reporter, writer and editor. In addition to writing editorials and managing the Opinion section, he is overseeing the newsroom’s migration to a new web site and apps. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Utah State University in 1985 and an MBA from the University of Utah in 2014.


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Our Steam Panel L to R :  Angela Darrell, Education coordinator, Utah Museum of Natural History; Stacy Firth, Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Associate Instructor, U. of U.; Kassandra Verbrugghen, MPA, Executive Director, Spyhop (youth digital media); Maggie Cummings, Ph.D., Dept. of Mathematics, U. of U.

Our AAUW of Utah 2016 Convention featured STEAM:  STEM + the Arts = STEAM

Our panel focused on the ways that STEM and the ARTS work together to educate and enrich the lives of Women and Girls. Story boards showed activities of AAUW of Utah and the branches illustrating the work being done.  We honored our branch Distinguished Women.   AAUW of Utah’s activities were documented in a power point presentation to the Rocky Mountain Regional Conference hosted in July in Albuquerque by AAUW of New Mexico.  There is a link to this presentation here—enjoy our year with us.  


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Karyl Lynne, NM, with Catherine Hill

The Recent Rocky Mountain Regional Conference featured Catherine Hill, VP for Research at AAUW.  She shared information from the newest report “Barriers and Bias: The status of Women in Leadership” which examines the causes of women’s underrepresentation in leadership roles in business, politics, and education and suggests what we can do to change the status quo.

Rocky Mountain Regional Conference Event

Barriers and Bias :The Status of Women in Leadership


Utah Women Artists Exhibition (UWAE), a biennial event featuring Utah Women Artists, was held in March-April at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center. 
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The 2016 juried exhibition presented 76 entries from 52 artists and awarded $9,600 in cash prizes to exceptional Utah women artists.  The funding for these awards comes from AAUW of Utah members’ donations, the generosity of family trusts and other donors from the community, as well as funding from a Zoo Arts and Parks grant and a grant from the Utah Division of Arts and Museums.   All funds are raised by the Trustees of the UWAE Trust.  Please view the exhibition on this website at http://aauw-ut.aauw.net/artshow or our Facebook page, which contains a gallery of entries from this and past exhibitions.


Our Utah branches raise funds to benefit the AAUW Fund and to support Utah women and girls with scholarships, STEM camps and other educational activities.

http://www.aauw.org/resource/how-to-support-programs-aauw-fund-diagram/

Wasatch Branch of Salt Lake County held its traditional fall fundraiser to benefit the AAUW fund in October of 2016. “A Passport to Sicilian Food and Wine” was a great success. Read more about this event, featuring Marguerite Henderson, Salt Lake City Chef, and Sheral Showe, of the Wasatch Academy of Wine, in the article on our events page.

Salt Lake City Branch’s traditional Spring Fundraiser held in April 2016, featured Pat Jones of The Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI), an organization that teaches women to be leaders in business, industry and in political Action. The event was held at the Towne Club and was well attended, raising funds for the AAUW Fund and for a local scholarship.

St., George Branch: The branch holds many fundraising activities throughout the year to provide scholarships, education and training to benefit women and girls.  http://aauw-stgeorge.org/about-us/

Brigham City Branch collaborates with other local women’s groups to raise funds for a scholarship which is awarded to a woman returning to school. The scholarship is awarded at a luncheon honoring the recipient and other women who contribute to the local community.

Two of our long-standing branches in Logan and Ogden are reorganizing and coming back:  Do you Identify with the AAUW mission?. Would you like to meet and work with likeminded women in the Logan or Ogden area? Please contact Marilyn Shearer, Membership Chair of AAUW of Utah.  mjshearer1@aol.com]