2017-2018 AFFILIATE Branches Year-End Reports

Pittsburgh PA Affiliate 2017-2018 President’s Year-End Report

Pittsburgh PA Branch Highlights

The AAUW Pittsburgh Branch has been busy this year extending their footprint in the city, while working in collaboration with other branches and like- minded organizations. Invitations were accepted from other civic and educational organizations to collaborate in order to complete critical and necessary support in human rights issues. Transition of officers continues with help from senior long-time officers and will continue as the group continues to expand. Although the Pittsburgh affiliate had a few setbacks this year with health issues and logistics, we continued on track to gain membership and collaborate with sister affiliates and SU groups.

Activities for 2017-2018 included:

*Represented AAUW in a Student–University membership drive at Carlow College

*AAUW Pittsburgh President was an invited guest speaker at PA meeting of Colleges and Universities Round Table held at Robert Morris University in Moon Township

*AAUW Pittsburgh hosted a free event on Human Trafficking in the Pittsburgh Area. The presentation was given by Dr. Mary Burke from Carlow University.

*An AAUW Collaboration with North Hills Pittsburgh, and Fox Chapel to introduce Ann Hedgepeth the interim VP of Policy and Government relations for her Pittsburgh visit. “Girls Just Want to Have Civil Rights: How to be an Advocate & Ally in the Fight for Equity” A discussion with Anne Hedgepeth, Interim Vice President of Public Policy & Government Relations, AAUW

Solo membership participation continues in educational and human rights events and redistricting in PA. Public Policy Chairman joined an AAUW group in Harrisburg to learn about the new policy. Several members continued their individual work with her Mt. Lebanon constituents, hosting a ‘Meet the Candidates’ event.’  Membership continues to work with the local Pittsburgh CEDAW group and the legislation movement in Pittsburgh. Student liaisons continue to work at Duquesne through the SU group collaborating with the various AAUW Affiliates. Membership also visited with the Student AAUW Group at the University of Pittsburgh in order to offer assistance and discuss NICKWSTL.

The Pittsburgh AAUW Affiliate continues to assist and collaborate with other organizations, such as Duquesne’s Women in Science, Women and Girls Foundation of Western PA, Robert Morris University Women’s Leadership, ZONTA, and the Executive Women’s Council to promote “Commonality Collaboration” with like-minded organizations, in order to incent new membership.

Respectfully Submitted,

Joanne Borgesi, President
AAUW Pittsburgh PA Affiliate