It is time to renew your membership!

Tote Bag – Everyone gets one!

Membership renewals are due by June 30, 2017. Please watch your email and use the link to National to pay for 2018-2019. Our annual dues are unchanged from last year.

Paying by the deadline helps us budget for next year. We appreciate your quick action!

This year we are running a promotion for all who pay by June 30th. Everyone will get a gift, and will be entered into a raffle for a beautiful AAUW silk scarf! Don’t worry! We know the dues status of all our members – if you have already paid, you will get the free gift and be entered in the raffle.

Silk Scarf – Raffle

If you haven’t paid yet, click here for more details, or watch your email, for a link to pay your dues.

Reminder to Vote!

In the last US election, we saw first hand how important it is to vote.  Regardless of your political affiliation here in Puerto Rico, we encourage you to go and make your voice heard.

2017 Political Status Referendum

A referendum on the political status of Puerto Rico will be held in Puerto Rico on June 11, 2017.  Unlike the previous four referendums, the 2017 plebiscite will offer only two options:

Statehood or Independence/Free Association.


This is a very important vote, so please mark your calendars to be physically present in Puerto Rico to vote.

To vote, you must be registered to vote in Puerto Rico.  The last day to register to vote in the 2017  plebiscite is APRIL 28, 2017.  The location site for registration is determined by residency.  Please google Junta de Inscripcion Permanente for the information.  Remember, most locations close 12-1 for lunch.
The telephone for the Comision Estatal de Elecciones is 787-777-8682 ext. 2361 or 2368.

March Update

  1. Save the DATE to attend our annual Fundraiser

PERFECT PAIRINGS VIII
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Cocktails at 6:00 pm – Dinner at 7:00 pm
Caparra Country Club, Garden Hills
Guaynabo, PR
Cost:  $120 per person (includes tax and tip)  
Funds raised will be used for national fellowships for women pursuing graduate/professional degrees, as well as local community projects of the Puerto Rico Branch.
Watch your email for additional details!
Anyone interested in working on the fundraising committee, please email aauwpr@gmail.com

2. Call for Nominations for Branch Board Positions

It is an honor and privilege to serve on the AAUW board.Nominate yourself or a fellow branch member for one of the following  positions (2017-18):

1] President
2] Program VP
3) Membership

Please click on the link to send an email. aauwpr@gmail.com

AAUW Puerto Rico Branch Sponsorship for NCCWSL 2017

The National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) is around the corner and AAUW-Puerto Rico, Inc. wants to sponsor young women from Puerto Rico to attend this national conference, to be held on May 31 – June 3, 2017, at the University of Maryland–College Park.

This conference offers young women leaders a chance to learn new skills and to broaden their networks with peers from around the country.

To be eligible for our sponsorship, a candidate must be a female student, enrolled in a university or college in Puerto Rico, have demonstrated leadership potential, be fluent in English and be willing to attend all parts of the conference. AAUW-Puerto Rico, Inc. will pay for all the expenses related to the attendance to the conference, including: registration, transportation, housing, and meals.

To apply, candidates will fill out the NCCWSL Sponsorship application and submit it to AAUW-Puerto Rico, Inc. A committee of branch members will read the applications and candidates will be invited to a face-to-face interview, to take place on the week of April 3rd, 2017. Following the interviews, up to three candidates will be selected. The winners will be invited to our Annual Fundraiser Dinner: Perfect Pairings, which will be held on April TBD, 2017.

AAUW-Puerton Rico, Inc. will make all the registration, air travel and housing arrangements. The sponsored students will make their own arrangements for ground transportation and meals. Sponsored students will be responsible for any personal expenses. In addition to attending the conference in its entirety, sponsored students will be asked to prepare a short presentation about their experiences at the conference, to share with AAUW-Puerto Rico, Inc. members.

The application deadline is March 15, 2017

To apply for the Sponsorship, click here 

If you have questions (any questions!), please email us to aauwpr@gmail.com.  We will contact you via email or phone call, whichever is the best option for you.

Members, help us spread the word !

AAUW Reacts to the Election Result

AAUW is a non-partisan organization and so official reaction to the election focuses on our mission and our issues and how we will continue to advocate in Washington, DC for those priorities.  All members received an email outline the position AAUW will take.  Here is a link so that you can read yourself.  We appreciate your comments.

AAUW Reacts to the Election 2016

Even as I write this, new posts to the AAUW blog have followed.  (You can see the latest below in the RSS Feed)

Perfect Pairings VII – Fundraising Dinner

We had a very successful fundraiser on April 17th!  More details and photos will be posted on the special events page when we have everything ready…Preliminary results indicate that we will have raised nearly $12,000!  If you would like to push us over that number, the link to donate online is still active.  Just click here.

March Women Awards Luncheon – March 8,2016

All are welcome to attend – Not restricted to members of AAUW Puerto Rico

March Women Awards Luncheon

In honor of Women’s History Month and the accomplishments of local young women, you are invited to an awards luncheon, sponsored by AAUW Puerto Rico and the Rotary Club of San Juan.
Tuesday  March 8, 2016

12:00 pm*

 AFDA Club, 3 Cervantes Street

Condado, San Juan

In our program, we will recognize four special members of our local community. Please come and celebrate Women’s History Month with AAUW!

Details

*Registration begins at 11:30am.  Lunch and the program will begin at 12:00 noon. Each of the honorees will discuss her work, her goals, and her advice for other women. Please come with a friend or two to this amazing meeting! Cost: $25.00  per person. (Free parking, cash bar available)

To Reserve

 Please send your check to AAUW, c/o Nayda Cumpiano, 60 Washington St, Apt 1102, San Juan, PR 00907

AAUW Puerto Rico Branch Sponsorship for NCCWSL 2016

The National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) is around the corner and AAUW-Puerto Rico, Inc. wants to sponsor one or two young women from Puerto Rico to attend this national conference, to be held on June 2-4, 2016, at the University of Maryland–College Park.

This conference offers young women leaders a chance to learn new skills and to broaden their networks with peers from around the country.

To be eligible for our sponsorship, a candidate must be a female student, enrolled in a university or college in Puerto Rico, have demonstrated leadership potential, be fluent in English and be willing to attend all parts of the conference. AAUW-Puerto Rico, Inc. will pay for all the expenses related to the attendance to the conference, including: registration, transportation, housing, and meals.

To apply, candidates will fill out the NCCWSL Sponsorship application and submit it to AAUW-Puerto Rico, Inc. A committee of branch members will read the applications and candidates will be invited to a face-to-face interview, to take place on April 6-7, 2016. Following the interviews, up to two candidates will be selected. The winners will be invited to our Annual Fundraiser Dinner: Perfect Pairings, which will be held on April 17, 2016.

AAUW-Puerton Rico, Inc. will make all the registration, air travel and housing arrangements. The sponsored students will make their own arrangements for ground transportation and meals. Sponsored students will be responsible for any personal expenses. In addition to attending the conference in its entirety, sponsored students will be asked to prepare a short presentation about their experiences at the conference, to share with AAUW-Puerto Rico, Inc. members.

The application deadline is March 15, 2016

To apply for the Sponsorship, click here 

If you have questions (any questions!), please email us to aauwpr@gmail.com.  We will contact you via email or phone call, whichever is the best option for you.

Members, help us spread the word !

Local Women in Science, Business, Education and the Arts Honored by AAUW Puerto Rico

AAUW Puerto Rico recognized four exceptional women on Friday, March 27 at their annual Leadership and Service Awards Luncheon at the AFDA Club in San Juan focusing on Science, Education, the Arts and Business. The luncheon is held every March during Women’s History Month.

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Honoree Sarai Santiago Rodríguez, educator

Sarai Santiago Rodríguez was recognized for her contributions to the field of education. Founder and Director of Explora Clínica Integral, she is the only provider of services to children with autism using the Teacch method. Santiago told our audience that her future plans are to continue to serve the needs of children with autism, and to develop programs for young adults on the spectrum, a populations not currently being served.

Tara Rodríguez Besosa was recognized for her

Honoree Tara Rodríguez Besosa, entrepreneur

Honoree Tara Rodríguez Besosa, entrepreneur

entrepreneurial accomplishments. Rodríguez is the co-founder and co-director of Departamento de la Comida focused on local organic produce and artisanal food products. Looking forward Tara recently turned half of El Departamento de la Comida into a non-profit organization that develops markets for local, sustainable farmers and serves consumers looking to eat better, buy better, and support the local economy.

 

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Honoree María del Carmen Gil, promoter of the arts

María del Carmen Gil, former Chancellor of the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music from 1998 – 2012, and currently founder and director of the Fundación para Música y País, a foundation dedicated to making music education accessible for all children at a time when these programs are being cut from both public and private schools. Gil was recognized for her contributions to the arts in Puerto Rico.

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Dra. Melween Martínez, scientist

Melween I. Martinez, a Professor at the University of Puerto Rico – Medical Sciences Campus and the first female Director of the Caribbean Primate Research Center and the Animal Resources Center. Recognized for her contributions to science, Dra. Martínez reminisced about the challenges she faced as a woman in a field dominated by men, and discussed her plans to continue her important research into stroke and dengue fever.

AAUW San Juan is a branch of the national AAUW, active in Puerto Rico for over 50 years. The mission of AAUW is to promote equity for women and girls through research, education, advocacy and philanthropy. Nationally AAUW supports fellowships for women pursuing advanced degrees and grants to community organizations with projects addressing equity for women and girls; lobbies the US federal government on issues affecting women and girls, and sponsors research into women’s issues covering topics like pay equity, sexual harassment, and women in STEM. Locally, AAUW Puerto Rico is involved in a writing workshop project for survivors of domestic violence; sponsorship of college women to attend the National Conference of College Women Student Leaders; and their annual Leadership and Service Awards to raise the visibility of women in the community.

From left to right:  Elizabeth Parker, AAUW Puerto Rico Co-President, Tara Rodriguez, Maria del Carmen Gil, Dra. Melween Martínez, Sarai Santiago, Juanita Morris, AAUW Awards Luncheon chairperson.

From left to right: Elizabeth Parker, AAUW Puerto Rico Co-President, Tara Rodriguez, Maria del Carmen Gil, Dra. Melween Martínez, Sarai Santiago, Juanita Morris, AAUW Awards Luncheon chairperson.

For more pictures of this event, please click here.

 

Now Accepting NCCWSL Sponsorship Applications

(The 2015 NCCWSL application due date has passed. Stay tuned for next year’s application dates!)

The AAUW San Juan is proud to be offering a sponsorship (or two) to the National Conference of Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL and pronounced “nick-whistle”!) for May 28-30, 2015. In 2014, we were able to sponsor 3 young women from Puerto Rico and the result was outstanding, both for the Branch members who sponsored and the three young women who attended!  (Read about the presentation they gave in September 2014 about the experience.)

Community members who would like to contribute monetarily to this year’s sponsorships can do so by sending a check to AAUW San Juan (memo: NCCSWL sponsorship) C/O Nayda Cumpiano, 60 Washington St, Apt 1102, San Juan, PR 00907.

We are accepting applications already!  To be eligible a candidate must be female, enrolled in a college or university in Puerto Rico, and fluent in English.  She must also be willing and able to participate fully in the conference in Maryland and report back to AAUW San Juan about her experience. The application and details about the process can be found here.

We are looking for an excellent portfolio of applications!

Please note:  There are any number of ways for a college woman to attend this conference.  She can certainly register and pay her own way.  There are also national scholarships available.  The San Juan sponsorship is just one way deserving women can pay for their attendance.  Here are AAUW’s recommendations for those on a budget (aren’t we all??)