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About AAUW

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a national organization that has been focusing on achieving equality for women through education and training, economic security, and leadership since it was founded in 1881.

AAUW Honolulu was founded in 1905 as the College Club. Created to promote "the higher ideals of education among women" it became an official branch of the American Association of University Women in 1922. Deriving from its background as a College Club, the Honolulu branch has been extremely supportive of all of the UH Mānoa women.

Did you know AAUW Honolulu sponsors student interns at the University of Hawaii since Fall 2019? They come from diverse backgrounds and bring their personal experiences with them.

AAUW Honolulu’s interns promote the group’s activities, plan new events on the UH-Manoa campus, perform outreach to students regarding scholarships and assist other UH campuses interested in AAUW’s activities. They have just recently created a Registered Independent Organization (RIO) on campus to give women a voice and support higher education in the female community.

Join their weekly meetings starting this Fall! Time and location will be determined as soon as school returns to in person service.

AAUW at UH Mānoa Monthly Newsletter

To find out more about AAUW at UH Mānoa's upcoming events and read about inspiring women in the community, click here to view the latest newsletter.
To be added to the mailing list, email aauw.uhmanoa@gmail.com.

Why you should join!

Scholarships

In collaboration with AAUW Honolulu Branch, there are a number of scholarship opportunities at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. For more information, please visit https://honolulu-hi.aauw.net/scholarship-and-grants/ .

Leadership

The annual National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) is a great opportunity to network and gain valuable leadership tools that will serve you for the rest of your life! For more information, please visit https://www.nccwsl.org/ .

Pay Equity

Programs such as WorkSmart will help you learn how to negotiate your salary, know your worth, and help close the gender pay gap in society. To learn more about WorkSmart, please visit https://honolulu-hi.aauw.net/work-smart/.

Legislation

Help support bills that will create a more equitable society, including Title IX and other women's rights issues!

Community

Want to be part of an empowering community? AAUW is the perfect place to find this kind of environment. Programs such as Honolulu Branch's "Talk Story Tuesday" is a monthly gathering with varying themes that brings people together. Through our RIO we are also working to increase our presence on campus and host events, such as our Na'au Wala'au Women's Empowerment Series to do the same.

How to get involved

Affiliated universities offer a free AAUW e-membership. Just follow the link to sign up https://svc.aauw.org/RECore/wMembership/join_esaf_member.asp .

Antiracist Parenting 301

The UH Mānoa Office of Civic and Community Engagement in partnership with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) UHM RIO, Student Parents at Mānoa (SP@M), After Schooling Better, Read To Me International, and Tailored Tutoring presents the third in a three-part virtual workshop series on how to become an antiracist parent. This workshop answers the question: how can you engage your kids about race using books?

If you want to access the slides, please click here.

We also have some more resources that we would like to share with you:

To make sure you don't miss any of AAUW at UH Mānoa's events in the future, sign up for our mailing list by emailing aauw.uhmanoa@gmail.com.

Antiracist Parenting 201

The UH Mānoa Office of Civic and Community Engagement in partnership with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) UHM RIO and Student Parents at Mānoa (SP@M) presents the second in a three-part virtual workshop series on how to become an antiracist parent. This workshop answers the question: how do you continue the journey of doing this important work through evaluating your own racial perceptions?

If you want to access the slides, please click here.

To make sure you don't miss any of AAUW at UH Mānoa's events in the future, sign up for our mailing list by emailing aauw.uhmanoa@gmail.com.

Antiracist Parenting 101

The UH Mānoa Office of Civic and Community Engagement in partnership with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) UHM RIO and Student Parents at Mānoa (SP@M) presents the first in a virtual workshop series on how to become an antiracist parent: where do you start? And how do you continue the journey of doing this important work?

If you want to access the slides, please click here.

To make sure you don't miss any of AAUW at UH Mānoa's events in the future, sign up for our mailing list by emailing aauw.uhmanoa@gmail.com.

Women in STEM Event

Meet the Team!

Ronja Steinbach (Student Branch Coordinator)

Hello! My name is Ronja Steinbach and I am a junior at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa where I am studying marine biology and botany. My current research is focused on fungi’s ability to degrade plastic pollution in our oceans. I am a native New Mexican and I grew up in a bicultural German/American household. I love being outdoors and spend much of my free time hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, reading, and doing yoga, among other activities.

I have been an AAUW Intern since my freshman year and most of my work has been focused on Title IX, Women in STEM, women’s empowerment, and community building. Through AAUW, I have been afforded the opportunity to work with a passionate team of people to create positive change in our community. I am confident that we can build a stronger, more equitable, and just society. I look forward to making climate justice, with a focus on women’s issues, a central focus of my work, throughout my academic journey and professional career.

Ronja Steinbach
Susannah Kandikatti

Susannah Lee Kandikatti (Intern)

Hello! My name is Susannah Lee Kandikatti and I am currently a post-baccalaureate student parent studying philosophy at UH Mānoa. I received my BA in chemistry from UH Mānoa in 2009. After graduating from college, I was involved in humanitarian work overseas in Switzerland, Mexico, China, and India. Becoming a mother brought me back home to Hawaiʻi. I am grateful for the opportunity to advocate for women’s equity through the AAUW UH Mānoa branch with a special focus on mothers and parents. As a parent, I believe it is vital to first become educated so that we can then educate our keiki on topics of race, class, gender, etc. to work towards creating a more equitable society. I look forward to continuing programming on antiracism and collaborating with my fellow team members to bring relevant and helpful content this upcoming semester.

Samantha Larson (Communications Intern)

Hi everyone, my name is Samantha Larson, but I go by "Sammi." I’m currently a second-year student in the Communication MA program at UH Mānoa, where I also received my BA in Political Science in the spring of 2020. This is my second year as a communications intern with AAUW UH Mānoa, and I also work with the AAUW Honolulu Branch on their monthly newsletter. I love being a part of the AAUW UHM team because it’s such an encouraging and uplifting environment. This semester, I hope that we can expand our reach both on and off-campus, and create safe spaces for personal and professional growth, support, and meaningful connection despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic.

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AAUW intern_Jaela Henderson

Jaela Henderson (Communications Intern)

Aloha! My name is Jaela, and I am so excited to be joining the AAUW-UHM team for a second-year, this time as a communications intern. In the upcoming semesters, I will be supporting the intern team through monthly newsletters, and working with the AAUW Honolulu branch on social media communications.

I was raised in Kailua, Oʻahu, and currently reside in ʻEwa. This year, I am a senior in Ethnic Studies and Political Science, and am participating in the Educational Administration B.A. to M.Ed. pathway. My research interests include gender-equity and transformative justice. In my free time, I enjoy playing with my 2-year-old puppy, Kahiʻukā!

Kristina Estrada (Intern)

Kristina Estrada is the newest addition to AAUW-UHM's intern program. Kristina is originally from Virginia, and is a first year Master’s student in the NREM department at UH Mānoa. After completing her B.S. in Crop and Soil Sciences, she served both in the Peace Corps (Paraguay) and as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Lac Courtes Oreilles, WI). In both positions she embraced building meaningful partnerships with community members to promote sustainable agriculture practices and environmental appreciation. In her free time, she enjoys gardening/taking care of her plants, hiking, cooking, going to the beach with friends, and making art.

Kristina Estrada