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The AAUW of Minnesota Board Needs You!

Our vision—Equity for all Will you get on-Board?

Joining the AAUW of Minnesota State Board will connect you with terrific members from around the state who work to promote AAUW’s mission—To advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. It’s time for you to share your talents!

We are seeking candidates to serve on the state board of directors for the following positions:

  • Vice President Membership 2022-2024 (current Membership VP, Pat Powers, is willing to serve another term
  • Vice President AAUW Funds 2022-2024 (current Funds VP, Anne Johnson, is willing to serve another term)
  • Secretary/Historian 2022-2024
  • Vice President Public Policy 2022-2023 (serving out 1-year term)
  • Treasurer 2022-2023 (serving out 1-year term)
  • Nominating Committee 2022-2023 for 2023 elections (3 members and 1 alternate)

All you need is a strong belief in the mission of AAUW and a willingness to learn and grow. Rewards for state service include leadership development, camaraderie, and teamwork with other leaders. An applicant may be self-nominated, nominated by your branch or branch board of directors, or any individual.

Nominations are open until November 15, 2021. The nominating committee will present a slate of candidates to the membership by email no later than 60 days prior to AAUW MN annual meeting to be held April 29-30, 2022

Please give serious consideration to applying for a state board position or to serving on the nominating committee. We would like to have broader statewide representation on the nominating committee. AAUW leadership positions provide a great opportunity for you to share your talents with AAUW of Minnesota. We need you. Together we can make a difference in the lives of women and girls. Thank you!

Contact any Nominating Committee member to express your interest in a position or get a nomination form prior to November 15, 2021. If you have questions, contact the Nominating Committee or board members who currently hold the position in which you are interested.

Click here for the downloadable copy with more information.

State Convention 2022 Information

State Convention Packet is an article that covers the convention theme, communications, the AAUW fundraiser, registrations, and branch team presentations. Click this link for a downloadable sheet that may be printed. State Convention Packet 9-22-21

A Tentative Convention Schedule for Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30 plus photos is included in this link. Click this link for the downloadable schedule Tentative Convention Schedule 9-22-21.

Registration – The AAUW Minnesota State Convention’s one-page registration and fundraiser order form(s) are available here. The cost is $135 and includes the two-day convention program, the Friday evening banquet, and the Saturday luncheon. Registrations along with payments must be mailed and postmarked by April 15, 2022. Checks are preferred. However, credit cards will be accepted. Click this link to print the registration sheet 9-22-21 Convention Registration final

The State Convention Fundraiser – flyer features Saint Cloud Area Branch members modeling the T-shirts, hoodies, and totes. Both V-neck and Round-neck long-sleeved T-shirts are available and a wide range of sizes including plus sizes. Order form may be found on this link 9-22-21 State Conv. Fundraiser flyer

AAUW MN Strategic Plan 2021 – 2026

AAUW MN Strategic Plan draft  for AAUW MN Member Review & Comment

Around the State

Hasting Branch Celebrates 50 years and kick-off for 2021-2022 year! Check out our Facebook page! Read more about it on this link 50th Celebration Press Release AAUW

Our 92nd Annual Meeting, May 1, 2021

We are meeting virtually via Zoom. The traditional paper convention booklet is now a mini-website that may be accessed here.

You will find all of the meeting information on the various tabs located in the upper right-hand corner.

  • Home – includes biographical information for the two speakers, Kimberly Churches and Karen Kirkwood along with pictures of the State and Board Members
  • Agenda – the annual meeting’s agenda
  • Business – includes the topics of discussion for the business meeting
  • Resolutions & Bylaws – copies of the resolutions and bylaws that were voted upon prior to the Annual Meeting
  • 2022 – the invitation for the 2022 Annual Meeting & Convention from the St. Cloud Branch
  • Branch Hi-Lites – a digital version of the traditional book highlighting events, fundraisers, and book club news from branches around the state.

Want to donate to contribute to the Greatest Needs Fund?

Click this link to download a printed form to mail.

PayPal link coming soon!

February 2021 Updates

AAUW of Minnesota and AAUW Minnesota Branches announce scholarships for the virtual… National Conference for College Women Student Leaders 2021 Leadership for Today and Tomorrow! NCCWSL will be fully virtual, Tuesday, May 25, and Wednesday, May 26, 2021 Want to apply? Look under Branches to find an AAUW Branch near you, or contact any board member. Hurry the deadline has been extended until February 25, 2021!

Check out the full updates NCCWSL updates under the  BRANCH/GRANTS tab.



AAUW of Minnesota “I will vote in 2020 because” campaign

Click here to see what your AAUW MN sisters said in the AAUW MN – Public Policy – Why I Will Vote – ad 2020


AAUW of Minnesota Stands Against Racism

AAUW MN mourns the murders of George Floyd, Philando Castile, Breonna Taylor, and far too many others. Police and general violence, and anti-black racism are at emergency status. Racist violence is a part of our country’s history and society, and it must stop.

Since its inception, AAUW has advocated equity for women and girls. AAUW has a history of advocacy that moved our country to change many of its practices. Our AAUW advocacy efforts evolved to represent a firm belief in equity for all. But more work is needed.

Minnesota has experienced first-hand the severity of inequality and inequity. Recent events demonstrate the need to bring this long journey of systemic racism and inequity to an end.

This journey will require everyone to listen to all people, to reshape power, to redefine systems, to probe deep-set biases, and to question many aspects of our daily lives. To that end, AAUW MN affirms its advocacy to fight racism and obtain equity and inclusion for all.

Lisa West, AAUW MN President & Jan Carey, AAUW MN VP Pubic Policy

AAUW Minnesota Public Policy Update

AAUW-MN Public Policy Update – Branch chairs – March 2020


2019 Convention Highlights

Governor Tim Walz declared Saturday, April 27, 2019 – AAUW Minnesota Day

A special thank you to our dedicated VP Public Policy, Jan Carey pictured here with AAUW MN President, Lisa West.

LAF Speaker, Dr. Zoe Spencer

Dr. Zoe Spencer, an LAF-supported plaintiff, inspired us with the story of her quest for equity at Virginia State University (VSU). Dr. Z was charged by Virginia State with identifying deficits in gender equity, but when she did, she met with resistance. In 2014, two male administrators, who had previously been terminated, were appointed to faculty positions as associate professors with salaries that were higher than those of female professors at all ranks. Although they did not have PhDs or teaching experience, and taught a much lower number of students, their salaries were $35,000-49,500 higher than Z’s salary (a tenured, full professor, with a PhD). She requested a salary adjustment that was denied, and she subsequently faced retaliation.

Branch Named Gift Honorees

  • Duluth – Lou Anne Siefert, Gay Trachsel
  • Faribault – Cyndy Harrison, Pauline Schreiber
  • Hibbing – Fran Gardeski
  • Metro West – Barbara Cohen
  • Minneapolis – Diane Boruff, Lois Demers, Sheryl Sostarich
  • Northfield – Carol James
  • Owatonna – Kris Dragich
  • Rochester – Lucy Bahn, Mary Jo Kelly, The Rochester Branch – Celebrating 100 Years

Thanks to all who contributed to, organized, or participated in funds-raisers in 2018. Your hard work, involvement, and monetary gifts make a huge difference in this organization that we care about so deeply.

Want to Join?

Questions? Contact your local branch or Peg Lonnquist, VP Membership

AAUW Minnesota leaders celebrate accomplishments at the AAUW MN State Convention

AAUW MN Members Attend NCCWSL Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony

AAUW MN Members Attend NCCWSL Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony

AAUW Mission Statement: AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
AAUW Vision Statement: AAUW will be a powerful advocate and visible leader in equity and education through research, philanthropy, and measurable change in critical areas impacting the lives of women and girls.
AAUW Promise: By joining AAUW, we belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that women have a fair chance.