Welcome to AAUW West Contra Costa Branch

AAUW West Contra Costa Branch in Northern California represents communities from Berkeley to Richmond and beyond. It is a dynamic group of intellectually curious women with a common interest. We have been working to break through barriers for women and girls since 1949. We are celebrating our 70th year, and we are not finished!


Our Mission — AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Our Promise — By joining AAUW, you will be part of a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers to give women and girls a fair chance.

Our members gain:

  • Friendships with educated women of diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • In addition to monthly general meetings, access to interests groups including book club, bridge, global events, and lunch bunch.
  • Intellectual development at monthly meetings through education on current issues that impact women and girls.

As a branch we support:

  • Scholarships that send at least eight seventh grade girls each summer to Tech Trek, a science and math camp at Sonoma State University.
  • A $1,500 scholarship to advance the education of one talented female student from Contra Costa College in honor of Mary Ellen Bales.

Join the fight to advance equity for women and girls and make new friends along the way. Become a member today.

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MEET DOROTHY HERZBERG
PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER, COMMUNITY ACTIVIST, AUTHOR AND TEACHER

Virtual Meeting
Saturday, February 19, 2022
10:00 a.m. Zoom Check-in
10:30 a.m. Talk

Between 2001 and 2012, Dorothy Herzberg raised over $300,000 and brought more than 200 students and 22 teachers from Richmond and Kennedy High Schools of the West Contra Costa Unified School District to Washington D.C. While there, these mostly economically challenged minority students participated in the Close-Up Foundation Program for a personal experience of the US Federal Government in action. In 2010, she was recognized as Woman of the Year and received the Jefferson Award.

Dorothy was one of the first Peace Corps volunteers in Africa and served as a Board of Director of the East Bay Chapter of the United Nations Association of the USA for a couple of years. She had also coordinated volunteers to serve lunches and dinners for the homeless at Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP).  Dorothy has published at least five books about her many experiences.

All are welcome.  To receive the Zoom invitation, send an email to aauw.wcc.94530@gmail.com.  The meeting host will open the Zoom meeting at 10:00 a.m. so attendees can check-in (and informally chat) before Dorothy talks at 10:30 a.m.

Gloria Merrill, Program Co-Chair
AAUW West Contra Costa Branch


COME HEAR SISTERS IN CRIME MYSTERY WRITERS
GLENDA CARROLL AND VERA H. C. CHAN

Virtual Meeting
Saturday, November 20, 2021
10:00 a.m. Zoom Check-in
10:30 a.m. Talk

Sisters in Crime is an organization that promotes the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers to achieve equity in the industry.  Authors Glenda Carroll (DEAD CODE) and Vera H. C. Chan (MURDERERS’ FEAST in MIDNIGHT HOUR, a crime fiction anthology by writers of color) will discuss their newly released mysteries.

Glenda Carroll’s likable detective Trisha Carson blunders into a nest of cybercriminals.  The book begins with an open water swim race.  The author is an avid open water swimmer and active in other water sports as a competitor, organizer and reporter.

Vera Chan, under the name H. C. Chan, has written a Silicon Valley noir short story drawing on her experience in the tech world as a Senior Editor, Web Trends Analyst and more.  She holds a martial art black belt.

All are welcome.  To receive the Zoom invitation, send an email to aauw.wcc.94530@gmail.com.  The meeting host will open the Zoom meeting at 10:00 a.m. so attendees can check-in (and informally chat) before the discussion with Glenda Carroll and Vera Chan begins at 10:30 a.m.

Maria LaForge, Program Co-Chair
AAUW West Contra Costa Branch


LEARN ABOUT ASHBY VILLAGE

Virtual Meeting
Saturday, October 16, 2021
10:00 a.m. Zoom Check-in
10:30 a.m. Presentation

Joan Straumanis, leader of the Ashby Village Outreach Team and an AAUW member (OaklandPiedmont Branch) is our speaker. She will give a presentation on Ashby Village, a community of seniors aging independently in their own homes with the resources needed to stay active, independent, and fulfilled. Ashby Village serves El Cerrito, Berkeley, Kensington,
Richmond, Albany, Emeryville and part of Oakland.

All are welcome. To receive the Zoom invitation, send an email to aauw.wcc.94530@gmail.com. The meeting host will open the Zoom meeting at 10:00 a.m. so attendees can check-in (and informally chat) before Joan begins her presentation at 10:30 a.m.
Maria LaForge, Program Co-Chair
AAUW West Contra Costa Branch

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