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About AAUW

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a national organization that has focused on achieving equality for women through education, training, economic security, and leadership opportunities since 1881. AAUW Honolulu was founded in 1905 as the College Club to promote "the higher ideals of education among women,” and became an official branch in 1922. Returning to its roots as a College Club, the Honolulu branch, provides grant funding to the UH Manoa Office of Civic and Community Engagement to support a campus affiliate branch of AAUW to serve our students’ needs. This funding helps to sponsor student interns, supervised by Atina Pascua, Director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement that plan equity events, promote scholarship opportunities, and conduct outreach to students on AAUW priority areas at UH Manoa and the other UH System campuses interested in AAUW focused activities.

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AAUW at UH Mānoa RIO

AAUW at UH Mānoa is a Registered Independent Organization (RIO) whose mission is to promote the values of AAUW, and advocate for women on campus and in the community. AAUW at UH Mānoa works towards equity in our society and provides tools necessary for all women to gain economic security and pursue an education. To become a member, contact aauw.uhmanoa@gmail.com. There are no membership fees, and membership is open to all UH Mānoa students! Members must attend at least one event each semester to maintain active status.

Although the registered organization has members who are University of Hawaii students, the registered organization is independent of the university and does not represent the views of the University. The registered organization is responsible for its own contracts, acts, or omissions. (Board of Regents Policy 7.203).

AAUW at UH Mānoa Monthly Newsletter

If you would like to receive AAUW at UH Mānoa's monthly email newsletter, please contact aauw.uhmanoa@gmail.com to be added to the mailing list.

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://aauwhonolulu.org/scholarship-and-grants/

The AAUW Honolulu Branch is accepting undergraduate scholarship applications beginning January 1, 2022. To learn more about the scholarships and eligibility, please see the AAUW Honolulu undergraduate scholarships flyer.

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://aauwhonolulu.org/wahine-work-smart/

Legislation

Help support bills that will create a more equitable society, including Title IX and other women's rights issues! To learn more about AAUW Hawaii's advocacy efforts, please visit https://aauw-hi.aauw.net/advocacy/

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

Housing Workshop

The UH Mānoa Office of Civic and Community Engagement in partnership with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) UHM RIO presents a Housing Workshop to help you learn about your rights, how to find housing, and tenant/landlord mediation. This event is for first time renters and people who want to know more.

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.

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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.

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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.

Jaela Henderson (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!

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Rebecca Körössy (Intern)

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Hello! My name is Rebecca Körössy and I'm originally from Stockholm, Sweden where I grew up in a Sámi household. I am a transfer student from Kapiʻolani Community College to UH Mānoa, where I will continue my studies in Global Environmental Science. I am passionate about women's rights, indigenous rights, and climate issues and I am excited to join the AAUW at UHM team to continue to support women in education and to focus on Title IX. In my free time I enjoy getting involved in restoration work around the island, hiking, and cooking.

 

Chloe Long (Communications Intern)

Hi! My name is Chloe Long and I am currently a junior at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa where I am majoring in Communications and getting a minor in Communicology. This is my first year as a communications intern with AAUW UH Mānoa and I am passionate about women's rights and encouraging women in higher education, I am very excited and looking forward to learning a lot. In my free time, I like spending time with friends, snorkeling, reading, traveling and I am on the UH sailing team as well.

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Alysa Smith (Communications Intern)

Hello! My name is Alysa Smith, I am a senior working towards a BA in Communications with a certificate in Ethnic Studies. I completed my AA in Liberal Arts at Kapiolani Community College in May of 2020. My enthusiasm for Communications came from a class I took at KCC, and paved my way at UH Manoa.  I'm really excited to work with AAUW UH Manoa, and work on some really great things with the rest of the staff this semester. With my time here I hope to add to the staff and get some really great content on our platforms.

Liza Corotan (Communications Intern)

Aloha everyone! My name is Liza and I am a first-year graduate student in the Communications MA program at UH Mānoa. I received my BA in communications from UH Mānoa in the spring of 2021. This is my first semester as a communications intern with AAUW UH Mānoa, and I am very excited to help out in any way I can with social media and the monthly newsletters. I was born and raised in Kaimukī, on the island of Oʻahu. During the spring of 2020, I studied abroad in London and had the opportunity to travel abroad in Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, and Norway. In my free time, I go surfing, hiking, and learn more ways to live a zero-waste lifestyle!

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Ryan Lashlee (Intern)

Hello! My name is Ryan Lashlee and I’m a sophomore here at UH Manoa! I’m currently majoring in sociology and this is my first semester with the AAUW. I’m proud to say I’m a programming intern here. I plan to incorporate lgbtq+ issues and diversity inclusivity in my work here. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, roller skating, and drawing! I’m extremely excited for this opportunity and can’t wait to work with such incredible women!

Kenzie Olivo (Intern)

Míyuyum notúung Makenzie yaká. Hello everyone my name is Mackenzie Olivo—I like to go by Kenzie—and I am from San Diego, California. I find value and pride in my identity as a Native and Mexican woman. I am from the payómkawichum tribe, also known as Luiseño, which is part of a small collection of tribes in Southern California. It is because of my identity that I seek to pursue a career in journalism. I am a second-year at UH Mānoa and an incoming intern for AAUW. I sought out this opportunity to find ways to empower and support women as well as develop connections between people. My role in AAUW will be to contribute to the monthly newsletter, as well as find ideas for programs to create positive environments for undergraduate women.

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