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Welcome to the Alameda, California Branch of AAUW!



American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide network of more than 170,000 members and supporters, 1,000 branches, and 800 college/university institution partners.

For 130 years, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Our commitment to our mission is reflected in all aspects of our work.

AAUW’s Mission
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

AAUW’s Value Promise
By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women and girls have a fair chance.

Politics, Elections, and Gender – Luncheon

Our speaker for January, Rachel Bernhard, is a Ph.D. candidate in political science who studies how voters evaluate female candidates. Her current work focuses on the impact of voter stereotypes on female candidates’ success, the structural challenges women face in running for office, and the professional paths women take into office. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on political methodology, political psychology, and American politics.

Prior to graduate school, Rachel served as the interim executive director of Los Médicos Voladores, a small public health non-profit, and as associate director of advancement at The Athenian School, a Bay Area independent school. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2009 with a B.A. in government and a B.A. in classical studies and received her M.A. in political science from Berkeley in 2014.

Saturday, January 14, 2017
11:30 am Social, 12:00 pm Lunch, 12:30 pm Speaker
Speisekammer Restaurant
2424 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda

Entrees (To be served family style)

  • Grilled Bratwurst served on a bed of Sauerkraut
  • Organic Herb Chicken with White Wine Butter Sauce
  • Spätzle baked with Caramelized Onion & European Cheese Blend – vegetarian
  • Sides are Grilled Broccoli and Braised Red Cabbage
  • Lunch includes a combination salad – Cucumber Salad, Red Beet Salad, Carrot Salad, Cabbage Salad and Dessert – Apple Strudel with Whipped Cream. Also coffee or tea.

Price is $35 .

Since the menu is served family style you do not need to make a menu choice when ordering.

Reservations– by January 10:

Mail a check made out to AAUW-Alameda Branch to:
Mary Ann Rose, 933 Shoreline Dr, #306, Alameda, CA 94501,


Reserve and pay online using your PayPal account or your credit card. You do not need a PayPal account to use this method. There will be a $1.50 handling fee for each reservation made online.
Pay Online 

AAUW Funds Luncheon February 2017

AAUW Educational Funding and Awards

AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe.

One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing more than $3.7 million in funding for more than 230 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2016–17 academic year. Due to the longstanding, generous contributions of AAUW members, a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities — breaking through barriers so that all women have a fair chance.

Fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities. Their intellect, dedication, imagination, and effort promise to forge new paths in scholarship, improve the quality of life for all, and tackle the educational and social barriers facing women worldwide.

Each year our Alameda Branch welcomes a grant recipient.  Our February 11 luncheon speaker  is  Abisola Coretta Kusimo


Abisola is pursuing a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University with a focus in design methodologies, with the dream of becoming a university professor and social entrepreneu who designs sanitation products and services for the world’s most disadvantaged people.

Cinema Club

AAUW Cinema Club is open to members and spouses or partners of members. We see a movie at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex Sunday afternoon, followed by refreshments and conversation at Tucker’s Ice Cream or happy hour refreshments at Cinema Grill.  We vote on the film to attend the week before, when the schedule comes out. To get on the email distribution to vote, contact Kevis Brownson, or use the form on the Activities Page . We meet at the Alameda Theatre October through June; summer events are sometimes scheduled at nearby East Bay theaters such as the Piedmont, the Grand Lake, or theaters in Berkeley.

January meeting will be on the Second Sunday January 8, rather than the first Sunday, New Years Day.


At a packed house at the College of Alameda at a noon-time educational forum on October 26, 2016, AAUW Branches of Alameda and Oakland/Piedmont hosted a dialogue on “American Muslims – Fact vs. Fiction”.  After the showing of a documentary, panelists representing faculty and students, Muslim and non-Muslim, and moderator Sameena Usman of the Council on American Islamic Relations addressed a range of topics on Islam.  These included: Islam as a religion of peace, the role of women in Islam, the meaning of Sharia law, the true meaning of “jihad,” common misconceptions of Islamic teaching and practice, and the recent increase in attacks on Muslims and mosques in the US.  The audience actively participated, addressing questions to the panel of this important topic.

Attached is a link to news coverage on the event: http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2016/10/27/alameda-american-muslims-voice-concerns-stereotypes-at-forum/