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November 13, 2023

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DEI Calendar - Please check out these events:

Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley: Let the World See - Experience the powerful story of Emmett Till, a fourteen-year-old boy whose abduction and murder in 1955 shocked the nation, and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, who bravely insisted on an open casket funeral to expose the brutality of his death. This exhibit, created by the Till family, Emmett Till & Mamie Till-Mobley Institute, Emmett Till Interpretive Center, and The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, highlights their fight for justice and its impact on the civil rights movement. Opens June 13, 2024, at the Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St., Seattle. Closing date to be determined.

Upcoming Training with Crossroads Antiracism - Attend a workshop facilitated by Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training, addressing recent legal challenges to antiracism, equity, inclusion, and diversity efforts. This session aims to resist legitimized racism, misogyny, and xenophobia while fostering collaboration among justice advocates. Sponsored by the Church Council of Greater Seattle, where various Protestant denominations and Roman Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim representatives have collectively worked toward justice and peace for nearly a century, this workshop offers an opportunity to strengthen and sustain collaborative relationships.

The workshop will be held on June 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the King County Chinook Building, 401 5th Ave, Room 126, Seattle, WA, and on June 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Church Council of Greater Seattle, 4820 S. Morgan St, Seattle. For registration and additional details, visit Church Council of Greater Seattle.

Objects of Pride - Discover a digital showcase featuring cherished items from the Seattle LGBTQ+ community. Highlights include “The Prom You Never Went To!” banner and the iconic neon sign from the Six Eleven Tavern, a 1950s gay landmark in Pioneer Square. Explore this exhibit online through July 4, 2024 at the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI).

Nordic Utopia? African Americans in the 20th Century - Explore the transformative journeys and experiences of African Americans in Nordic countries through paintings, photographs, music, and more. Discover untold narratives and captivating artworks in the first comprehensive examination of this topic. On view now through July 21, 2024 at The National Nordic Museum, 2655 NW Market Street, Seattle.

Hank Willis Thomas: LOVERULES - This exhibition of 90 works covers 20 years (2002-22) of Thomas’s work and is drawn from the collection of the Jordan D. Schnitzer Family Foundation. The exhibition features some of the artist’s most iconic and well-known artworks across a range of media, investigating diverse themes. On view now through August 4, 2024 at the Henry Art Gallery. The Henry is located on the University of Washington campus, roughly at the cross streets of 15th Ave NE and NE 41st St in Seattle.

Sound Check! The Music We Make – The role music has played in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander lives and communities. An exhibit running through September 14, 2024 at the Wing Luke Museum, 719 S. King St., Seattle.

Finding Home: The Chinese American West - Discover the untold stories of Chinese immigrants in the American West. This exhibit includes a modern hand-drawn scroll depicting the 1858 mob violence in Tacoma, an event known as the “Tacoma Method,” where Chinese businesses and homes were destroyed, and residents were forcibly expelled. On view through September 5, 2027, at the Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma.

A Two-Way Mirror - An ongoing exhibit of glass works from 23 artists of the African diaspora at the Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock St. in Tacoma.

AAUW Seattle Blog

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Seattle Branch Members Attend AWIS Awards Banquet

July 9, 2024

In June, branch members enjoyed the awards ceremony of the Seattle Chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS).

AAUW Seattle sponsors a table annually and we were inspired by the talented women in STEM who were featured. Some of the members who attended are pictured below. AAUW and AWIS share a mission to advance equity for women.

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Seattle Branch member and scientist Reitha Weeks, emcee of the AWIS banquet, with UW Assistant Professor Dr. Sylvia Qu, winner of the Early Career Achievement in STEM award.

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Branch members, from left: Cynthia Nash, Pamela Bradburn, Gay Armsden, Ellen Duernberger, and Judy Waring (not shown: Tonna Kutner and Keming Qiu)

AAUW-WA Virtual Annual Meeting Review

Seattle Branch AAUW April 23, 2024

Our state board accomplished another engaging and informative annual meeting on April 21, with three speakers – two of them from WA AAUW branches. Over 70 members from around the state attended the first Sunday afternoon annual meeting.

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President Emily Hitchens reported that the state organization is functioning very well indeed, buoyed by a slate of hard-working directors and some needed improvements (there’s always room for improvement). Financially, the state has about 20% more in assets than they did last year. A very interesting in-person meeting for all branches is being planned for October 19 this year, to be held at Renton Technical College.

Ming-Ming Tung-Edelman, founder of Refugee Artisan Initiative, spoke inspiringly about how RAI teaches immigrant women how to achieve financial independence through small batch production with an emphasis on zero waste.

Renee Hadley, Walla Walla Branch President, gave a very interesting talk about her work as district manager for the Walla Walla County Conservation District, and how we can adapt to changing landscapes.

Dorothy McBride, a member of the state public-policy executive committee and Public Policy Chair of the WA Online Branch, spoke about Climate Initiative 2117, which will be on the fall ballot. I-2117 would erase the Climate Commitment Act, which imposes limits on greenhouse gas emissions for major emitters. AAUW-WA will advocate against this Initiative. Climate change is well documented to affect women more than it does men (see video here).

The membership voted to approve some changes to the state bylaws and to approve the slate of officers. The state board will be seeking candidates to fill the two Director positions that remain open. Board Directors reported on their activities and their obvious dedication was impressive.

Check the AAUW-WA website for the recording of the meeting.

STEM Scholar Recognition Event with Keynote Speaker Darienne Highsmith

Seattle Branch AAUW April 17, 2024

Since 2001, AAUW Seattle has been recognizing and honoring high school students for their talents in math, science, and technology. We believe it’s critical to honor and encourage them to continue their studies in STEM fields. Every year in April, we hold a reception and invite the awardees and their families to celebrate their considerable success. This year, we honored more than 30 11th graders who self-identify as women or were assigned female at birth and self-identify as non-binary.

On April 24, the Seattle Branch hosted its 24th annual STEM Scholar Recognition award ceremony at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. Honored for their excellence in math, science, and technology were 33 students from 11 local high schools. Over 100 people, including the majority of the awardees, their parents and family members, and AAUW members, attended this celebratory event.

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After a welcome by STEM Scholar Recognition co-chairs Liz Ebersole and Dani Dinlocker Santiago, the program began with Tonna Kutner providing an overview of AAUW’s mission, research, and advocacy, highlighting AAUW’s relevance in our world today and specifically to our honorees. The evening’s keynote speaker was Darienne Highsmith, U.S. Green Building Council Project Manager for Washington and Oregon. Darienne shared how the hands-on explorations she experienced during her childhood in California spawned her own STEM journey, which was furthered by the encouragement of an amazing educator. Not only did Darienne develop a love for life and environmental sciences and systems, but she was also inspired by the many hands-on sustainability projects available in everyday life.

In college, Darienne seized many opportunities, a practice she has continued as she has progressed through her personal and professional journeys, along diverse paths, leading her to where she is now. A key point made by Darienne to our award recipients was that, especially in the STEM fields, things are always evolving and that the jobs that the students will hold during their careers do not yet even exist. She wrapped up by cautioning all never to underestimate the power of lifelong learning and by stressing to the students that the future of STEM is theirs to shape. She was an inspiration.

After a short break and an opportunity for students to talk with our keynote speaker and each other, co-chairs Liz and Dani presented the award packets to each student by school. Each student received a Certificate of Excellence, a $500 check, and a copy of the book Bernice Sandler and the Fight for Title IX. Many thanks to co-chairs Liz and Dani, and to everyone else who helped make this yet another successful STEM Scholar Recognition event!

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It’s Octavia Butler Time in Seattle!

March 23, 2024

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The Seattle Public Library has chosen Octavia Butler’s “Parable of the Sower” as the book it’s encouraging everyone in Seattle to read this spring.

Seattle’s own Octavia Butler, who died in 2006, wrote astoundingly inventive explorations of mind and matter through speculative fiction (sometimes called science fiction) set mostly in dystopian futures: “Parable of the Sower” was set in 2024. The Seattle Times notes she “was the first science fiction novelist to be awarded the MacArthur Fellowship, known as a ‘Genius Grant.’”

Butler foresaw extreme climate change producing climate refugees and struggles over scarce resources in 2024 and explored possible responses to the challenges through the efforts of a 15-year-old Black girl to create self-reliance and community in “The Parable of the Sower” and its sequel, “The Parable of the Talents.”

You can hear Octavia Butler read from the sequel at “DREAM TEMPLE (For Octavia),” an art exhibit at the King Street Station until May 23, 2024.

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Beyond Crisis: Feminist Leadership and Public Universities

March 19, 2024

In her March 16 presentation, UW Geography Department Chair Dr. Sarah Elwood-Faustino shared the principles of feminist leadership that have guided her for the last five years as department chair and will again when she returns to the position from sabbatical.

Explaining the rise of the discipline as a result of European colonization, she said it’s now “the why of where.” Having been taught how to learn, some technical skills, writing, and team-building, graduates find work in various STEM-related fields.

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There’s no “leadership for chairs” class at the UW, so Professor Elwood-Faustino assembled her own Leadership Club 9-1-1. Her approach is one of radical welcome, affirmative invitation into new roles, fostering relationships among faculty and students, and changing the culture through processes that are more equitable and favorable to underrepresented people.

She sees power as a fabric wrinkled by past harm and injustices and seeks to flatten it. Noticing past harm, seeking to heal it, and planning to prevent future harm are major parts of her chairing philosophy.

Rather than inviting a free-for-all by asking faculty for their opinions about big issues, Dr. Elwood-Faustino divides big issues into steps, each addressed by “what do you need to know to form an opinion about this” and then “how should we proceed.” Faculty members are invited to share thoughts by reverse seniority, part of ensuring all voices are heard.

Sarah’s humor and radically welcoming attitude shone throughout her presentation and her answers to questions.

The Three Legislative Bills That Made It to The Governor’s Desk, The Five That Didn’t, And What We Can Do Next

Melisa Lasell March 17, 2024

Three of the eight bills AAUW WA supported have made their way to the Governor’s desk where he will have 20 days to sign.

Sent to the Governor for consideration:

  • Establishing an Artificial Intelligence Task Force (SB 5838 / HB 1934): Creating an AI task force that would include representatives from the legislature, state agencies, tribes, trade groups, civil liberties organizations, education, consumer advocates, and businesses.
  • Flexible Work Hours for Peace Officers (ESSB 5424): Allowing law enforcement agencies to adopt flexible work policies for officers, such as working less than full-time when feasible, supplementing work during peak hours with part-time officers, and including alternative shift and work schedules
  • Concerning Paid Sick Leave (SB 5793): Modifying the state’s paid sick leave statute to amend the definition of family member within the law to include chosen family and allowing workers to use sick leave to care for chosen family.

Now that this very short legislative session is concluded, our legislators will return to our districts, and many will have Town Halls. Let’s plan on attending!

When we ask questions - why didn’t something pass, what were the stumbling blocks, did they support a bill that you care about – it helps legislators better understand what we want. It also feeds into creating greater accountability and helps build relationships. Our legislators represent us and they are interested in hearing our perspective on public policy issues.

Are you wondering about the bills that didn’t make it? Here is the list:

  • Supporting Students Who Are Chronically Absent: Addressing the multi-faceted issues contributing to high absence rates in schools.
  • School Library Information and Technology Programs: Requiring school district boards of directors to provide resources and materials for the operation of school library information and technology programs and ensuring that every student has access to a library technology program.
  • Reproductive Freedom Constitutional Amendment: This is a proposal to amend the State Constitution to specify that the state cannot interfere with an individual’s reproductive freedom decisions. This includes the right to have an abortion and the right to choose to use contraception.
  • Keep Our Care Act: Ensuring that health entity mergers and acquisitions improve, rather than harm, access to affordable quality care. Giving the AG’s office the tools it needs to ensure that future health system mergers and other transactions improve access to care. Prohibiting a health entity consolidation that diminishes access to affordable quality care and ensuring AG oversight of all mergers.
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