Welcome to the Wheaton-Glen Ellyn Branch of AAUW!

Next Branch Meeting:

Saturday, March 6, 2021, 9:30 AM via Zoom
Critical Conversations: Engaging with
Social Justice Topics at College of DuPage

Since last summer, sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, race and racism have been front and center in the news. Countless incidents of disparity in the treatment of brown and black people have been highlighted over and over again. Protests around the country have encouraged legislators to “act” and change current policies.

Jennifer Kelley, Professor and Reference Librarian at the College of DuPage (COD) in Glen Ellyn will present: Critical Conversations: Engaging with Social Justice Topics at College of DuPage. Drawing from her experiences as co-founder of the COD Anti-Racism Action Initiative, Jennifer Kelley will discuss the grassroots efforts at the college to engage the community in critical conversations about racism, bias, and privilege. Attendees will learn about how a small faculty learning community became a college-wide network of faculty, staff and administrators committed to engaging in anti-racist and anti-oppressive work in their lives, on campus and beyond.

Guests are welcome. All Branch members will receive the Zoom link by email a few days prior to March 6. If you are not a member but would like to attend, click here to request the zoom link.

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March Calendar

Note: All March meetings will meet via Zoom.*

March 5 – AM Lit, 9:30 am (Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk)
March 6 (Saturday) – Branch Meeting, 9:30 am
March 10 – Board Meeting, 7:00 pm
March 13 – Film Group, 7:00 pm
March 15 – PM Lit, 7:00 pm (The Book of Lost Friends)
March 24 – PM Non Fiction, 7:00 pm (TBD)

* Members: Click here to access Twigs. Password required. Click here for assistance.

Other Branch Activity Updates:

  • Our new Branch initiative, Science Girls on the Go©, is reaching parents looking for at home STEM activities during the pandemic. Click here for more information.

  • The Lunafest Film Festival is planned for May 1, 2021.

  • The Used Book Sale previously planned for May 2021 is cancelled. The Branch is no longer collecting books.

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Members: Sign Up for 2020-21 Interest Groups

This year, many Branch Interest Groups are meeting by Zoom or in small groups until pandemic restrictions are lifted. Keep up to date on Branch events and meetings by receiving email updates from group leaders and committee chairs:

The Branch’s Public Policy Committee has been very active this year. Click here for more information or to join the email list. No meetings are involved but being on the email list will keep you informed of action items in state legislature or Congress related to AAUW’s public policy positions.

Book Groups:

  • AM Lit meets the first Friday of each month by Zoom at 9:30 AM. Click here to add your name to the email updates. Click here for this year’s reading list.
  • AM Non-fiction meets October, December, February, April and June by Zoom at 10:00 AM. Click here to add your name to the email updates. Click here for this year’s reading list.
  • PM Lit meets the third Monday of each month in a small group outdoors (weather permitting) or by Zoom at 7:00 PM. Click here to add your name to the email updates. Click here for this year’s reading list.
  • PM Non-fiction meets September, November, January, March, May and July by Zoom at 7:00 PM. Click here to add your name to the email updates. Click here for this year’s reading list.

Film Group — We will meet in an open air setting on October 11. (Sunday instead of Saturday due the Saturday Branch meeting.) In November and thereafter (until further notice), we will meet on Zoom on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Click here to add your name to email updates, receive notice of the film to be discussed and other details.

The Spice Routes Dinners are currently on hiatus due to the pandemic. Click here to add your name to the group email list so that you will be notified when dinners resume.

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What is AAUW?

AAUW’s Mission:
To advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Click here for more information on AAUW’s Mission, Vision and Values.  Join us!

As AAUW continues to move forward in a changing world, so have our Strategic Plan and our Vision Statement. Click here to read the complete plan.

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