About Vancouver Branch AAUW

The Vancouver Branch of AAUW was founded on November 14, 1931, and is the original branch serving Clark County, WA.

Our Members
Our members enjoy the opportunity to meet other educated women in our community. They benefit from the speakers at our regular meetings, take part in activities related to the pursuit of our goals, participate in our interest groups, are part of our scholarship program efforts and attend our social events.

Our Meetings
Our regular branch meetings , held on the second Saturday of most months, feature speakers whose presentations are on a variety of subjects including community issues, education, art, literature, music, and health as well as state, federal and global issues.

Education
College Scholarships
AAUW’s primary focus is education. Annually, the Vancouver Branch awards scholarships to undergraduate women attending Washington State University-Vancouver and Clark College. The funds for these scholarships are raised by the branch and also come from the interest on a fund owned by the branch at The Community Foundation for Southwest Washington, a 501(C)(3) nonprofit foundation, which allows donors to our branch to claim tax deductions.

STEM Subject Recognition
The Vancouver Branch AAUW holds an annual recognition reception in spring for young women who excel in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects. Juniors at local high schools are nominated by faculty and receive a certificate for their achievements. The reception, held at Clark College, includes students’ family members and features women speakers whose careers are STEM-related.

Tech Trek
Vancouver Branch AAUW supports WA State AAUW Tech Trek, the state director of which is a member of our branch. Tech Trek is a STEM-related camp held at a college or university in Washington. Vancouver branch sends 3 to 4 eighth-grade girls to camp each year through voluntary member donations. Curriculums vary by camp, but hands-on activities and field trips in math, science and other related fields are constant. The camps encourage students to take courses in science, technology, engineering and math in high school and inspire them to consider future careers in these fields.

Our Interest Groups
AAUW Vancouver Branch currently has 8 active interest groups. They include a global events speakers group, three book groups, two cards groups, a movie group, and a lunch group. Detailed information on each of these groups is available in the Interest Groups menu.

Our Purpose
Promote Lifelong Education
Participate in Community Action Programs
Advocate Gender Equity
Support Legislation on Issues Affecting Women and Children
Explore New Opportunities
Socialize with other Professional Women