Rocky Mountain Regional Conference
The Rocky Mountain Regional Conference (RMR) has been held on even years since 1970. The Rocky Mountain Region currently includes Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming,with the host state rotating. Utah has hosted four times, and will host again in 2018. This year New Mexico was the Host state. We met in Albuquerque, the state Capitol.
The Conference featured several outstanding speakers.
Catherine Hill, the Keynote speaker, is Vice President for Research at AAUW. She authors AAUW’s research reports such as, Barriers and Bias (2016), Solving the Equation (2015), and Women in Community Colleges (2013). Her presentation on the newest report, Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership was stimulating, and engaging. http://www.aauw.org/research/barriers-and-bias/
She asked that we take the Implicit Association Test if we had not already done so. This tests for bias that we may not realize that we have, and that can affect our judgment. http://www.aauw.org/article/implicit-association-test/. The test was developed as a collaboration with AAUW, Project Implicit and Harvard University researchers. Catherine also led a workshop on how members/branches can act on AAUW research.
Photo shows Karyl Lyne, NM, and Catherine Hill, AAUW VP for Research
Susan Burke, was the banquet speaker. She has led the charge as the lead counsel in a series of lawsuits seeking to reform the military’s deficiencies in prosecuting rape and sexual assault. She collaborated with filmmakers who produced “The Invisible War,” an Academy -award nominated documentary about the lack of justice for military rape victims. She specializes in bringing federal class action or mass tort lawsuits to reform broken systems of fix societal problems, and in 2015 the National Law Journal named her as one of the top 75 female attorneys in the nation.
Each State gave a report on the state activities for the year. Utah’s presentation featured STEAM as the theme: putting ART back into STEM = STEAM. This was the heart of the AAUW of Utah Convention in April. Claire Turner, president of AAUW of Utah prepared a Power Point highlighting Utah’s activities for the year and included short videos of AWE+SUM Camp (a STEM camp) and the recent Utah Women Artists Exhibition. Claire, Gloria Prahl, Kathy Horvat, and Marilyn Shearer shared the speaking assignments.
Kudos to AAUW of New Mexico for an interesting, well run conference with engaging speakers.
And now it is Utah’s turn in 2018!
By Marilyn Shearer
Wasatch Branch’s Sicilian Food and Wine Fundraiser to benefit AAUW Funds.