AAUW’s Mission, Vision and Values

AAUW advances gender equality for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy. 

The AAUW vision is equity for all. 

AAUW Values: Nonpartisan: Fact-based; Integrity; Inclusion and Intersectionality.  A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, AAUW has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and over 800 college and university partners.  Throughout its history, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day – educational, social, economic, and political.  AAUW Greater Naples Branch is one of the most active in the state of Florida, with an engaged membership of over 100 and growing.

May, 2022
Co-Presidents’ Message

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Dear fellow AAUW GNB Members,
It is time for your Board to begin to plan the 2022-2023 AAUW GNB Season. Last fall, we
introduced our Women in Leadership theme, and we created a responsive and open model to describe the multitude of Branch leadership opportunities available to our membership.

Throughout the year, we invited women leaders who spoke at branch meetings about their own leadership journeys and offered their personal experiences in overcoming obstacles as they worked to lead in a variety of capacities and transform communities. We also recognized members whose leadership efforts were essential to supporting our mission, and we celebrated our many members who have demonstrated leadership for our community programs (STEAM, Reading is Fun and StartSmart), our special interest groups and our advocacy efforts.

Everyone’s efforts were essential to the solid success of our year as we rebounded from the effects of the ongoing pandemic and were forced to deviate from the “business as usual” model. We now are formalizing our branch strategic plan for 2022-2024 as we continue to move onward despite the many challenges currently facing our country and the world.

As the AAUW GREATER NAPLES BRANCH BOARD begins to plan over the summer for the
next season, we need your input so that our branch continues to expand and offers meaningful opportunities to each of our members. We are a Mission Oriented organization, and your ideas, your voices and your leadership are essential and will enable our dynamic branch to thrive. Won’t you please pick your spot in our Leadership Model? Your talents and gifts will help us evolve and execute the mission of AAUW to achieve gender equity in Education, the Workplace and Leadership roles. There is a spot for each of us!

Please contact any member of our Board with your suggestions. Our email addresses can be found on the members page of our website (located at https://greaternaplesfl.aauw.net/). We’ve saved a spot for you!!!

Wishing you a great summer!
Your co-presidents,
Jacky Territo
Karen Dempsey

STEAM Girls Count 2022 A Huge Success!

The AAUW Greater Naples Branch STEAM Girls Count program is designed to inspire girls to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and to teach them that the arts are part of, and not apart from STEM.

The 25th annual STEAM Girls Count program under the leadership of Program Chair Charmaine Klein broke new records yet again, with 249 local fifth-grade girls served.  232 fifth-grade girls at Collier County Public Schools (“CCPS”) were served, together with 17 more at New Horizons.  The girls received two KiwiCo STEM project kits vetted by Judith MacGregor and CCPS, the book, Girls Think of  Everything, signed by author Catherine Thimmish, safety goggles, links to eight professional videos of local women in STEAM careers, plus one of a current FGCU student pursuing a STEM degree, biographies of the video presenters, guidelines and feedback forms, and a STEAM Girls Count bookmark, all packed into totes bearing FGCU’s 25th-anniversary logo!  Some lucky girls also received books written and signed by author Dr. Ellen Prager, Ocean Scientist.

Here are some of the inspiring comments from the girls:
“I learned that science, technology, engineering, art and math are a huge role for jobs and everyday life.”
“Don’t let people tell you you can’t, and follow your dreams.”
“I learned to not give up and keep trying.”
“Keep trying even when you feel like you’re going to run out of STEAM.”
“I learned from the book that accidents can turn into great inventions.”
“I have learned that everybody can do something great.”
“STEAM is more than just a fun day at school. STEAM is something that can help in the real world.”
“I got to see women in my community doing awesome things that inspired me.”  
“I am very glad that I got to participate in this extraordinary program!”
“The experiments were so fun! It had hands on and you could enjoy the final result.”
“It was fascinating to read about the inspiring female inventors, especially the younger females who were about my age when they invented something and came up with a creative idea.”
“If you make a mistake, something good can come of it!”
“I learned that you can do and think of anything by using STEAM, and that girls can achieve and do anything” 
“Girls can do anything anyone can do, don’t let people tell you can’t, and follow your dreams.”
“I learned that girls can do a lot of things. Like engineering, science, arts, math, and tech. This whole experience is so inspirational and wonderful.”
“Girls can do whatever they want if they really want it. Girls are just as great as boys and can accomplish the same, gender doesn’t matter.”

Many thanks to the STEAM 2022 Committee: Charmaine Klein, Nancy Beights, Laura Candris, Susan Coman, Judith MacGregor, Donna Walker, Cathy Hackney, and Pallas Diaz.

We are deeply grateful to our member volunteers and to the generous donors for this program:  Recurrent lead donor, Arthrex; Platinum Sponsor Martin Kurtz/Charles Schwab Naples Branch; Gold Sponsor FGCU; and Silver Sponsor Charmaine Klein/Edward Jones.  We are gratified to welcome back in-kind donors, Clarion Books (HMH Books & Media/HarperCollins Publishers), Collier County Public Schools, and Susan Mehas & John R. Wood Properties.
Thank you for investing in the futures of local girls!

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Scholarship winners

The AAUW Greater Naples Branch and the Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc. Congratulate the 2022 Scholarship Recipients!

Since its creation by the AAUW Greater Naples Branch in 2001, the Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc. (“Foundation”) has annually awarded academic scholarships to deserving local women upon the recommendations of the Scholarship Committee.  The amazing women awarded scholarships in 2022 are:

  • Kamili Henry—receiving a McMahon Foundation Scholarship
  • Lianna Larson—receiving the Laura A. Candris STEM Scholarship.
  • Brianna Patino—receiving a STEM scholarship
  • Stephanie Roberts—receiving a STEM scholarship
  • Camila Rojas—receiving a STEM scholarship
  • Altanice Valentine—receiving a McMahon Foundation Scholarship for Adult Women
  • Melissa Wilson—receiving the Rose DiBiasi Tribute Scholarship for Adult Women

Read about the accomplishments of these wonderful women here:  2022 Scholarship Awards

The Foundation administers several scholarship funds that award tuition assistance to local women.  Click the link for more information: Local Scholarships

The Foundation raises funds for scholarships by various means, including individual donations.  If you are interested in supporting this effort, contributions may be made by clicking the Donate Now button or by check made payable to “Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc.” designated for the scholarship fund of your choice, and mailed to the Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc., PO Box 9742, Naples, FL 34101.

We offer a one-time Named Scholarship Opportunity. Click the link for more information: Named Scholarship Opportunity.

The Greater Naples AAUW Charitable Foundation, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization (EIN 59-3704754), regulated by the state of Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Registration No. CH 13573. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMA-TION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE OF FLORIDA (1-800-435- 7352). or clicking here. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.  Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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