AAUW Greensboro Branch
January 13, 2010
Community Action Grant
AAUW Greensboro branch, with 70-90 members, has been interested in helping girls step into scientific and other non-traditional careers by supporting the Eleanor Roosevelt fund for twenty years, sponsoring and leading a variety of projects for girls in that time. AAUW Greensboro frequently partners with another group or groups. Last year, after a first attempt at a STEM project which did not generate the numbers of girls targeted, AAUW Greensboro spearheaded another activity with area AAUW branches and the Girl Scouts of America to devise a fresh STEM project. In partnership with three colleges/universities, the new project generated sufficient participation. AAUW Greensboro was a limited partner with Dr. Lakshmi Iyer (a new branch member) supporting her IT(Information Technology) project at UNCG. AAUW Greensboro branch is committed to assisting with the endeavors for a May, 2010 project with director Dr. Lakshmi Iyer, as well as being a full partner in the proposed 2011-12 summer programs.
The Greensboro branch of AAUW will support the Community Action Grant submitted for 2011-2012 by providing several volunteers to assist with publicity, contact with local public school personnel, and editorial assistance in the preparation of materials. In addition AAUW members will test the IT projects, contribute to publicity needs, assist in the preparation of handout materials and the formation of packets for the participants. AAUW members will canvas local IT companies or departments for token gifts that can be given to the participants to make the week long activities memorable for the participants. AAUW Greensboro branch members will be available to aid in registration and other bookkeeping activities for the weeklong sessions. AAUW-Greensboro has pledged $300 to the 2010 spring’s initiative and is committed to other Greensboro STEM projects by providing member time and expertise. Publicity from the proposed IT is for Girls project should interest local IT women in Greensboro in the work of AAUW and thus increase membership. Working together on a STEM project will strengthen the bonds that AAUW Greensboro members have with each other. AAUW Greensboro is ready to assist on the IT for Girls project.
Everlena Diggs, AAUW Greensboro, President