The new 2016 campus sites will be:
- Bowling Green University
- Central Connecticut State University
- College of Charleston
- Davidson College
- Iowa State University
- Mississippi University for Women
- Princeton University
- Rockford University
- Saddleback College
- San Jose State University
- Sierra College
- University of New Mexico
- Wheaton College
As a new 2016 site, joins the 2015 sites, which can be found here. They include three institutions in Ohio: Denison, University of Cincinnati and Wright State.
Cleveland Branch had a membership drive at the Clague Road Playhouse in Westlake on Sept. 20. The afternoon featured the Ghost Train and refreshments during intermission. Here are some photos from the event.
As summer comes to a close, take a break from what you are doing and read the AAUW of Ohio Orbit Summer 2015 issue. In it you’ll find:
- A message from President Christine Siebeneck: Challenge Social Constructs: Focus on Achievements, not Appearance, Pg. 2
- A public policy update from Karen Rainey: Prepping for Elections, Pg. 3
- Photos and a link to resources from Leadership Workshop 2015: Do Your Job Better!, Pg. 4
- From honors to book sales, our branches are making news, Pg. 5
- State resources you can use, Pg. 6
- Membership counts: How does your branch compare?, Pg. 7
- New AAUW resources, Pg. 7
You can also download past issues of Ohio Orbit.
By Karen Rainey
AAUW of Ohio Public Policy Chair
Here’s the “ Issue of the Month” plus other news to share with your branches. Please make time on your September meeting agendas to include an update on AAUW concerns.
In this issue:
- Issue of the Month: Charter school reform
- New website with voter information on all judicial candidates
- New website on AAUW-endorsed Issue 1, redistricting reform
- National Voter Registration Day, September 22
- Reminder: Sign up for Two-Minute Activist
- New brochures available
Charter School Reform Needs to Happen Now
Both houses of the General Assembly are due back after their summer recess this month; they need to act in concord to make reform happen. The Senate improved on transparency and accountability issues when it passed House Bill 2, but the House did not agree with the changes before recessing last June. The House needs to concur with the changes or both houses need to appoint a conference committee to iron out their differences. Call your senator and representative to urge their support; you can use the legislative hot line, 1-800-282-0253. For more information on the performance and impact of charter schools, go to www.knowyourcharter.com.
Judicial Votes Count: New Statewide Voter Service
A new statewide voter education web site, www.JudicialVotesCount.org, is live as of September 1. It includes profiles of every judicial candidate in the state, along with a variety of information on what Ohio’s courts do. Why? Because voters frequently pass up voting on judicial races, feeling that they don’t have enough information to make an informed choice. The new site is strictly nonpartisan, and is the product of a partnership of the Supreme Court chief justice, the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, which houses the web site, the Ohio State Bar Association, the League of Women Voters of Ohio, the Ohio Newspaper Association, and the Ohio Association of Broadcasters.
Redistricting Reform: Fair Districts = Fair Elections
Supporters of Issue 1, the redistricting reform constitutional amendment that will be on November’s ballot, have created a new web site, www.yesforissue1.org, Here you can get the details of the proposal , an explanation of gerrymandering and why it’s so damaging, a list of all endorsers to date (including AAUW), and sign up to volunteer. Because redistricting tends to be an arcane topic, voter education is critical to passage of the amendment. Be sure that you—and your friends and neighbors— are informed of the importance of this amendment.
National Voter Registration Day September 22
AAUW is solidly behind National Voter Registration Day, coming up on September 22, and there are ample resources for getting started on the association web site, www.aauw.org. At the least, please use your Facebook posts and other social media to remind people to register to vote. Anyone needing to update their address can do so on line at the Secretary of State’s web site, www.sos.state.oh.us. And if a voter has been inactive for more than four years, that voter could be purged from the poll books and will need to reregister.
Reminder: Two-Minute Activist
Now—the beginning of the program year—is a good time to solicit your branch members to sign up for the two-minute activist. It’s the easy way to make sure your voice is heard in Congress on the issues that matter to AAUW members. Just go to www.aauw.org/what-we-do/public-policy/two-minuteactivist/ and enter your email address.
New Brochures Available
Both AAUW and AAUW Ohio have brochures available for downloading that outline our public policy program. Use them to inform members and prospective members about our legislative goals.
Questions or comments? Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Resources from Leadership Workshop 2015: Do Your Job Better! Branch Counterpart Focus Day, held Saturday, Aug. 8, at Otterbein University, are posted here. We invite you to use them and share them with your branch leadership.
- Do Your Communications Job Better!
- A PowerPoint covering how to make your website and social media accounts shine — and what resources you can find on the national AAUW website to make that happen.
- Do Your Programming Job Better!
- How to Spice Up Your Branch Programming, available on the AAUW website.
- Do Your Membership Job Better!
- Do Your Public Policy Job Better!
- Do Your Finance Job Better!
- Do Your Leadership Job Better!
Tasks and deadlines to remember
AAUW Tech Trek Camp at Bowling Green State University opened today with three teams of girls learning new STEM skills.
All three groups of girls are pictured below, along with a schedule for today’s activities for the red group just to give you a taste of what the campers will be doing this week.
The AAUW STEM camp built for girls by women is in its third year at Bowling Green State University.
Research shows that women have to be asked seven times before they run for office. This is ask number one.
There’s still time to sign up for the Supreme Court Wrap-Up Call on July 23.
If you missed out on the swag at convention, you can still order it from ShopAAUW!
|2015 AAUW National Convention Workshop Materials|
|Are you wondering what you missed at the 2015 AAUW National Convention? Or are you eager to pass on what you learned? PowerPoint presentations, worksheets, and other materials from many of the 30 convention workshops are available online. Learn from the sessions you missed, and pass on the resources that you found most helpful to others in your branch.|
|Connect with Students on Campus This Fall|
|Does your branch want to get more involved with local colleges and students? Read AAUW’s new guide for engaging with campus programs to learn everything you need to know about your potential role in Elect Her–Campus Women Win, Start Smart salary negotiation workshops, and Campus Action Projects. You can also find out how to connect your branch with alumnae of the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders and support AAUW’s National Student Advisory Council. Use this how-to guide to create more diverse programming, grow your branch, and increase your community impact!|
|Deliver New Title IX Resources to Your Local Schools|
|The U.S. Department of Education just released three sorely needed tools to help Title IX coordinators across the country enforce gender equity in education. AAUW’s how-to guide provides you with links to the tools and everything you need to know about what Title IX coordinators can do to make sure that their schools comply with Title IX. Deliver these tools to your local P–12 schools, colleges, and universities and help AAUW support Title IX coordinators across the country!|
|Share Your Successes in Lead On|
|Do you have a story about an innovative program you are running? How about a successful recruitment effort or steps you have taken to increase diversity and inclusion? These are just some of the types of stories to share through Lead On. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured!|