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St. Cloud AAUW has a successful start with Savvy Teens!

Career Professionals Inspire High School girls!

After a long year of planning, writing grants, communications, and marketing work, Savvy Teens was launched by the Saint Cloud Area Branch. It was supported by a branch allocation, member donations, the Initiative Foundation, and the St. Paul Foundation. The comprehensive marketing plan included:

  • A media buy with Townsquare Media (WJON) featuring pop-up digital ads that connected to the branch website, a radio interview, and a story on their virtual news feed (71,000 impressions with 54 clicks).
  • Extensive written, digital communications with nine area high schools (initially with the principal, then with counselors)
  • Hand-delivered media packets to each school
  • Ongoing communications with 12 professional women (everyone agreed to be presenters)
  • Creation of flyers, postcards, posters, letters, and a concept PowerPoint
  • Communications with St. Cloud, Sartell, and Sauk Rapids Community Education Directors (all three published the event in their spring/summer catalogs which were available online and were mailed to 10,000 homes.
  • Follow-up communications with students who registered, digitally, mail, phone.

The attendees received Savvy Teens T-shirts in AAUW blue, white screening, AAUW Saint Cloud Area Branch logo on the back, lots of giveaways from the presenters, and delicious snacks and bottled water.

Survey /Responses

  1. Would you recommend these seminars to other students? “Absolutely – especially to those struggling to have an open mind regarding their future.”
  2. What new jobs did you hear about that you would now consider? ” being a nurse or being a therapist.”
  3. Was there something you wanted to learn that was missing or too brief? “Being a female leader in the workplace – should we be concerned or prepared to experience sexism or be put down?”
  4. What new information or advice did you learn that surprised you? “No one knows exactly where to start or [if there] is a straight path. Learn from the people with peers, family, and counselors.”
  5. What new jobs did you hear about that you would now consider? “Engineering areas, health careers, nurse assistant, business success, banking.”
  6. Was there something you wanted to learn that was missing or too brief? “I would like to learn more about negotiating, ex. wages, college, tuition.”
  7. What new jobs did you hear about that you would now consider? “Starting my own business.”
  8. What area of career assessment do you need help with? “Financial management, planning for school.”
  9. What new information or advice did you learn that surprised you? “[You] can ask for internships from people.”
  10. Was there something you wanted to learn that was missing or too brief? “I would’ve liked a more detailed description of other government jobs and how to get into the field.”
  11. What seminars did you find the most helpful or interesting? “Discovering interesting career paths.”
  12. What are you the most interested in learning about; education, training, or employment? “Employment and education.”
  13. What additional questions or comments do you have? “This workshop was super helpful, and answered questions I had.”

All of the girls said they would recommend the Savvy Teens seminars to other students! The group was small, with 13 students which accommodated more interaction. Even though the high school counselors were excited about this event, it was challenging to get the students to sign up due to competing schedules and fallout from the pandemic. AAUW public relations and awareness soared because of the communications efforts by the branch, the schools, and community education organizations.

Finally, Dr. Joy Plamann, President of the Saint Cloud Hospital and VP of CentraCare Operations, wrote a post-event email saying,

“Linda, What a great event! Thank you for the opportunity to showcase the opportunities at CentraCare. It looked like you had a wonderful day. Thank you also for the gift, but that was not necessary. I was simply happy to participate. Let me know if you need anything in the future. Sincerely, Joy. “



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 vote 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.