“…I choose to be confident, be strong, know my worth, be charitable, and inspire others”

Saturday, March 25, 2017
2:00 pm for Coffee & Snacks; 2:30 Program
Durham County Southwest Regional Library
3605 Shannon Road
Durham, NC 27707

Can you imagine if the above were the mantra for ALL young women?  For the fortunate girls who are involved in the programs of Smart Girls Smart Choices Inc (SGSC), it is the starting point for exploring what women can do and how to get there.

Educators, parents, students, and interested parties are invited to join your local American Association of University Women to learn about the inspiring efforts of the SGSC.  Our speaker, Ms. Brandy Burnett, is a founder of this non-profit volunteer organization that seeks to inspire girls 11-17 years of age to realize their full potential by developing skills and building character through training and developmental opportunities. SGSC helps connect girls to local training programs and opportunities to develop themselves, summer jobs, and even small, but critical, things like acquiring basic skills in etiquette. The leaders of SGSC are successful young professionals with a strong desire to give back to their communities by serving as role models and mentors.  (Please see http://www.smartgirlssmartchoices.com/index.html.)

“Women’s Ways of Knowing and Healing: Global and Multicultural Perspectives”

February 18, 2017, featuring recipients of AAUW fellowships
Chapel Hill Public Library, Room A,
100 Library Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27514
10:30 AM (Social Meet and Greet); 11:00 AM (Meeting Begins)

One of the highlights for AAUW-ODC Counties is the annual Fellows Meeting for all members to meet Triangle area grant recipients for 2016-2017 and learn about their research, community outreach and leadership.

For more than 125 years, AAUW has been a leading source of funding for graduate women, providing more than $100 million in fellowships and grants to more than 12,000 women and nonprofit organizations in the United States and around the world. During 2016-2017, AAUW awarded more than $3.7 million in funding for fellows and grantees. This exceptional group of recipients will pursue academic work and lead innovative community projects to empower women and girls.

The State of North Carolina was well represented during the 2016-2017 award year, in which eleven (11) women were honored with fellowships and grants. This year, our branch is fortunate to host three (3) Fellows from the Triangle:  Adela del Valle, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Richelle Suttle, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and, Michelle Wolff, Duke University. 

Adela del Valle – Career Development Grant
Adela will earn her Master’s in Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2017, focusing on Public Health Behavior. Her experience and graduate research include health care policies, social support, outreach education and patient motivation of individuals with Type II Diabetes in Lima, Peru.

Richelle Suttle – Career Development Grant
In line to finish her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2017, Richelle is an experienced health care professional. Her background spans coaching and training in self-care for individuals with developmental disabilities and dementia. Her coaching goals include working with individuals, families and group home settings. 

Michelle Wolff – Dissertation Fellowship
Michelle will earn her Ph.D. at Duke University in 2017. Combining her doctoral studies research, Michelle has developed expertise in issues related to same-sex marriage, Christian theology and ethics in South Africa, religion and sexuality.

Please join us at the February meeting to meet our AAUW Fellows and to enjoy most engaging and informative presentations from Adela, Richelle and Michelle.

-Dr. Donna M. Wilson, Vice President, Programs

2016-2017 Programs

Who we are:

A group of women and men who work in North Carolina to carry out the mission of the American Association of University Women, AAUW — advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education,  philanthropy, and research.

 We support:

  • STEM Education
  • Elect Her—Campus Women Win
  • Start Smart
  • Campus Action Projects
  • AAUW’s Education Opportunity Fund
  • Schwenning Scholarship (administered by the UNC Financial Aid Office)

 Our meetings are always open to the public. We welcome your membership and support.

Culture of Politics in NC
Speaker: Ferrel Guillory            Professor UNC-CH
When: Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, 10:30 a.m. (social) 11:00 a.m. (mtg.)
Venue: Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B

Futures planning: AAUW odc Counties branch
Donna Wilson, Bea Keller, Michele Hoyman
When: Saturday, October 15, 10:30 a.m. (social) 11:00 a.m. (mtg.)
Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B

Chocolate Production and Consumption: Entrepreneurial and Health Issues Related to Women
Speaker: Gabriel Keith Harris    Professor, NCSU
When: Saturday, November 19, 10:30 a.m. (social) 11:00 a.m. (mtg.)
Venue: Chapel Hill Public Library, Room A, 100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Dr. Keith Harris, from North Carolina State University’s Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences Department, has an intense love for chocolate. He is the Alumni Distinguished Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator at NCSU. Understanding how food processing affects the health properties of food is his primary research interest. Specifically, his research examines the “aspirin-like” or anti-inflammatory effects of plant foods, as well as their effects on blood sugar regulation and satiety. During his travel to Oaxaca, Mexico, and the Mayordomo Chocolate Factory, Mayordomo employees allowed Dr. Harris to taste every step of chocolate production, and he observed their minimalist processing method using only a few ingredients like sugar, cinnamon and roasted cocoa nibs. We are excited to have Dr. Harris speak November 19th at 11:00 am, about Chocolate Production and Consumption: Entrepreneurial and Health Issues Related to Women—a subject that will appeal to all of us. Our social hour and coffee begins at 10:30—there will be a chocolate theme!

Rose Hall’s Reverberations: Annie Palmer and Plantation Sexual Economies
dr-tanya-shieldsSpeaker: Dr. Tanya Shields    Professor, UNC-CH
When: Saturday, December 3, 10:30 a.m. (social) 11:00 a.m. (mtg)
Venue: Durham Public Library, 300 N. Roxboro St., Durham, NC 27701

We are very fortunate to have Dr. Tanya Shields, associate professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, speak to us on Annie Palmer, a plantation owner in Jamaica, and plantation sexual economies. Dr. Shields is currently at work on her second monograph, “Gendered Labor: Race, Place and Power on Female-Owned Plantations.”  Dr. Shields teaches classes on Caribbean women, the arts of activism, growing up girl globally, and the continuing influence of plantation economics and politics.  Dr. Shields is also dramaturge for the Houston-based Process Theater’s “Plantation Remix” project.  Her class, “Rahtid Rebel Women: An Introduction to the Caribbean,” was listed as number 7 on Elle Magazine’s “63 College Classes that Give Us Hope for the Next Generation.”  Dr. Shields earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Maryland at College Park.  Social time will begin at 10:30 a.m., and the program will start at 11:00 a.m.

 The impact of slavery on the education of blacks in orange county, nc
Rosetta Moore           Educator, Pre & Post Integration
Saturday,  January 21, 10:30 a.m. (social) 11:00 a.m. (mtg.)
Venue: TBA

AAUW Fellowship Recipients Present Their Research (more details to follow)
When: Saturday, February 18, 10:30 a.m. (social) 11:00 a.m. (mtg.)
Venue: TBA

STEM Program   TBA
Saturday, March 18, 10:30 a.m. (social) 11:00 a.m. (mtg.)
Venue: TBA

Eyes, ears, nose & paws: the unique strengths of canine partnerships
Speakers: Gretchen Aylsworth
When: Saturday, April 16, 10:30 a.m. (social) 11:00 a.m. (mtg.)
Venue: TBA

Margaret Maron   We are proud to host acclaimed mystery writer Margaret Maron at Extraordinary Ventures,
Thursday, May 4  2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. at our  Annual Literary tea fundraiser.
Tickets will be $20 and available in January.