PSU joins American Association of University Women
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Posted: October 17, 2011

Portland State recently became a University Partner Member of the American Association of University Women, which advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. By becoming a member of the Portland branch, PSU may partner with AAUW on community programs and take advantage of the association's network and resources. Portland State students may also receive free affiliation by registering on the association's website.

"PSU has had a long tradition of support for diversity and programs for women, and we are pleased to bring the resources of AAUW to faculty, students and staff," said Sally McWilliams, professor and director of PSU Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, who will serve as AAUW liaison.

AAUW, a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university institution partners, has been a leading advocate for equity and education for women and girls since 1881. The Portland branch is looking forward to a strong collaborative relationship benefitting the women of PSU and the Portland community, according to branch co-presidents Judy Holt and Maxine McComas. The Portland branch of AAUW has worked with the University in the past, including on the Walk of the Heroine project.

Each year, AAUW provides millions of dollars in fellowships, grants, and awards for outstanding women around the globe and for community action projects. AAUW also funds pioneering research on women, girls, and education. Through AAUW Leadership Programs, women and girls acquire the skills they need to succeed and assume leadership roles in their academic, professional, and personal lives. Programs include Campus Action Projects, the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders in Washington, D.C., the Student Advisory Council, and Elect Her. The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) works to combat sex discrimination in higher education and workplaces through campus outreach programs, an online resource library, and research reports. LAF also provides support to workplace sex discrimination cases that have the potential to make a difference for all women.

University Partners may collaborate with AAUW branches on community programs, receive national visibility, and benefit from the association's network through support and advocacy. Member institutions have access to AAUW’s website, including member-only online resources such as research, publications, advocacy and public policy initiatives; scholarship, grant and fellowship notices; conference and workshop notifications; and product discounts. Further, member institutions get free e-student affiliation with AAUW for undergraduate students who register on the AAUW website. This means students receive AAUW announcements regarding scholarship, grants, and fellowship opportunities; Washington updates; conference and workshop announcements; two-minute activist alerts and more. In addition student affiliates receive a free year of membership in AAUW upon graduation.

For more information on AAUW, visit For more information on the Portland Branch of AAUW, visit