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Branch support for DiamondHacks

The Tar Heel branch is pleased to be able to support the DiamondHacks project at NC State University. This is in the spirit of our 2014 support of PearlHacks at UNC Chapel Hill.

What are these events? Like other “hackathons” they concentrate on bringing teams together for an intensive weekend event with team building and problem solving. These, though, are different in that they are restricted to women students — making them more welcoming and engaging and eliminating the implicit bias that can make it difficult for women to claim their place a the technical table.

Solving the Equation

We are very excited that this event is happening just as AAUW releases its most recent report, Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing that focuses specifically on the STEM fields with the fewest women and most jobs.  Learn more:

More about AAUW

Diamond HacksWe provided a grant to the project and an envelope of AAUW-related information for each participant. If you want to share the information with others who didn’t attend the event, here are the key links

AAUW specific information included


Give us a holler if you’d like more info on any of our programs or want to find out how AAUW can help support your next project.


North Carolina

Tar Heel Branch (statewide virtual branch serving all of NC)


Branch supports PearlHacks, an all-female hackathon

We’re pleased to announce that the branch is a supporter of PearlHacks, and event at UNC Chapel Hill, starting this afternoon and running overnight into tomorrow, bringing together college and high school women and mentors from area companies for a “hackathon” — challenging them all to build something new and revolutionary.

We provided copies of the summary of the AAUW report “Why So Few: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math”, student affiliate brochures, and general info on AAUW and its STEM efforts. We also provided some AAUW swag for prizes, and some funds to help defray the participants travel expenses.

Watch PearlHacks.com for info about the event, and congratulations to the undergraduate women who planned and executed this first of its kind event on the campus. Also check out their Resources page for key documents related to women and stem.

FY13 Financial Report

Here’s the report on the branch finances for 7/1/2012 to 6/30/2013.

After about five years, the branch is on a solid financial basis, and able to fulfill the financial obligations.

One aspect of our finances that is different from other branches is that we maintain a separate account to fund local projects (which must have their income balance their expenses). The only “local group” (defined in our bylaws) to take advantage of this has been Wake County which both co-sponsored a League of Women Voters event and was the fiscal agent for the Wake County Women’s Agenda Assembly. Details of the Wake WAA finances (including a donation to NC Women United, the statewide sponsor of the Agenda Assemblies) are posted on their web site.

Members in other areas of the state — especially where there is no local branch — are welcome to contact info@tarheel.aauwnc.org to learn more about the branch being a fiscal agent.

Consider a showing of The Invisible War

AAUW LAF Express writes:

The Invisible War Nominated for an Oscar

AAUW is thrilled to announce that The Invisible War, a film about military sexual assault that features several LAF-supported plaintiffs, received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary. This nomination comes as no surprise after the film received the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and was listed as the 10th movie and the only documentary on Time’s top 100 movies of 2012. Last week, RottenTomatoes.com ranked it as the best film of 2012 based on an aggregate of film reviews.

If you haven’t seen this powerful film yet, it is available to rent from Netflix and to purchase from Amazon. AAUW members and college/university partners can also host a showing of the movie for just $150. Download the Program in a Box for more information on how to do so.

This would be a great film to show in our Get Local series — either in your living room to a few friends, on a campus, or in a public venue. Click the links above to learn more, and if you need financial support to make your event happen, contact info@tarheel.aauwnc.org for some options.

Wake County Women’s Agenda Assembly

Can you believe this photo of Tar Heel Branch members and friends was taken after a four hour event concentrating on public policy issues?

For more on what led up to this picture see wakewaa.wordpress.com and contact Nancy or waa-info@ncwu.org if you’d like to bring a similar event to your county.

Pictured are branch members:

  • Tara Romano (left in back row)
  • Nancy Shoemaker, Anne Mackie, Michelle Evans (center of back row)
  • Dorota Tulodziecka Adams (right in front row)
  • Brand new member Pat Orrange (crouching with arm around participant with the scarf). Pat joined as part of the October membership drive.

Other branch members attending included Victoria Brown, Joyce Gad, and Joan Robertson. Ruth Relos who attended representing Partners Against Human Trafficking in NC, won the drawing for a free membership and has now joined the branch.

It was a great event to connect with representatives of several sponsoring organizations. See wakewaa.wordpress.com for the full list. In particular, AAUW member Beth Dehghan (in the Raleigh/Wake County branch) was there representing WomenNC.

Report from the Annual Meeting

Twenty six members of the branch, including two new members, attended the Tar Heel Branch annual meeting on Saturday, March 31. No business was conducted, so there are no formal minutes.

The results of the online branch ballot were announced. 71 of 122 members voted.

For more information on other aspects of the branch, see the annual report, which was distributed at the meeting.

Miss Representation in Durham Nov. 29

The branch will be a co-sponsor of the showing of the film Miss Representation in Durham on Tuesday evening, Nov. 29 thanks to contributions from members in Wake County.

For more information see the event on the Ipas Facebook page.

More than 100 people from a wide range of organizations are expected. Join us for a great evening!

Members Out and About

Tar Heel Branch members have represented AAUW of North  Carolina at two events recently.

On October 23, along with the Chapel Hill and Greensboro branches we hosted a reception for the AAUW Fellows in the state.

On November 2, we partnered with other NC Women United members (especially NC MomsRising) to staff the NCWU booth at the NC Conference for Women and, in particular, spread the word about the HERVotes project. (AAUW and MomsRising were two of the initial members of the HERVotes coalition at the national level.)

Please check these links for pictures of our members:

Updates from the Fall AAUW NC meetings

Nancy Shoemaker
Tar Heel Branch President

Three AAUW NC meetings were held this fall: two on 9/17 in Brevard and New Bern and one last Saturday in Statesville. Forty-one members representing 15 of the 20 branches attended at least one of the meetings. Of the 41, 18 were members of the Tar Heel Branch and we welcomed one new member, Janice Imgrund of Winston-Salem, who joined at the Statesville meeting.

Five Tar Heel Branch board members attended (Shoemaker, Evans, Atoji, Pearre, and Abell). The meetings were sponsored by the AAUW NC officers (K. Atkinson, Van Order, McGuire, Abell, Richardson) with support from Mary Peterson — and all of these women are dual members of the Tar Heel Branch.

This report comes from my attendance at the Statesville meeting.

Public Policy Project

The bulk of the time was spent on the Public Policy Pilot Project that is proposed for branch action during 2011-2012. Branches are being encouraged to

  • Adopt one or more public policy issues to monitor on behalf of AAUW NC.
  • Identify a member of the branch to follow each of these issues and forward updates and alerts to a specific email address.
  • Encourage branch members and other allies in the community to subscribe to the alerts and updates.

Additional information:

Branch presidents are asked to send the
  • branch’s preferred list of issues,
  • names and email addresses of the “senders”
  • names and email addresses of those who want to receive the alerts and updates
  • any constraints about branch members’ participation

to pp-admin@aauwnc.org as soon as possible.

In late October, the coordinators of the project will be assigning issues to branches based on branch preferences, but hopefully avoiding much duplication. Then two email lists will be populated with subscribers:

  • pp-info@aauwnc.org for the “senders” to exchange information with one another and with the project coordinators
  • pp-alerts@aauwnc.org which will be an open list for those who want to receive the  alerts from the “senders”

During the year, all involved in the project would be asked to make notes on the project to help with an evaluation of whether or not additional state resources should be allocated to it for 2012-2013.

The Tar Heel Branch may contribute to this in unique ways. Jenine Atoji and I will be supporting the project with the technical issues of creating and maintaining the email lists. It is understood that many of our members who joined as “at-large” members of the state may not have time to put into research on particular issues, but it is hoped we will have many members who agree to receive the information and take action as long as the messages are clear and focused.

NOTE: While some branches may choose to have just a few people receiving alerts and then forward the information out through their usual channels (reports at meetings, their newsletter), that will not work for us. If you are interested in this information, please do plan to subscribe directly.


The AAUW NC executive committee (acting as the board in this year where we’ve suspended the bylaws) approved the 2011-2012 budget.   The important things to note are:

  • Again this year, it is a deficit budget. Our reserves are in good shape and we are planning to spend more than our income.
  • The amount in the budget for special projects, including branch mini-grants, has been doubled since last year’s budget, and is now $5000. Some of that will be spent for the Public Policy project, but branches are encouraged to review the mini-grant application and ask for state support when appropriate.

Juvenile Literature Award

There was some discussion of the AAUW Juvenile Literature Award which the NC Literary and Historical Society has administered for AAUW NC since 1953. As documented  on the UNC Library page about the NC Literary Awards, this is part of a series of several awards. There was a discussion about the benefit of the award and an idea to encourage all the branches to purchase copies of the winning book for their local libraries received more support than adding a cash award to the winning author.

The consensus was to continue support for the event. That entails contacting the winning author and arranging to host the author at the Literary and Historical Society awards ceremony, as well as arranging for a cup to present it. It was noted that Elizabeth Laney, a member of the branch and the Lit/Hist Society, has been one of the judges for years.

This year’s award ceremony will be Friday, Nov. 18 at the Sheraton in downtown Raleigh as part of the Annual Meeting of the Lit/Hist Society. The awards potion of the program is 1:30 – 2:00 and part of the afternoon session which is free and open to the public. If you’d like to attend, please contact Karla or Lill for details on who will be representing AAUW NC, particularly if you’d like to join the author for lunch or take materials to share about AAUW. (Full program, registration.)

E-newsletter and Tar Heel News Update

There was a lively discussion of how to get state information out to all the members. While email would seem to be a logical way to communicate, issues about going “email only” included

  • Only about 20% of the members signed up for the new e-newsletter, and fewer than 50% of those opened our first issue.
  • Several people mentioned that though email would seem to make sense, realistically they are more apt to read the news if it shows up in USMail.
So the Tar Heel News will continue to be sent through the mail, but there was consensus that we should come up with a way for members to opt-out of the paper newsletter. It has been posted online since 2003, and some are fine with reading the electronic version.

Annual Meeting

There was a consensus to continue with last year’s format of a simpler annual meeting near the center of the state.

Nominating Committee

There was a reminder that by a vote last spring we suspended the bylaws and our current structure is quite different from the one described there. It is still too soon to know how it is working, but it was noted that the nominating committee will need some guidance in what offices will be filled for 2012-2013.

Tar Heel Branch at the AAUW Convention

All but one of the members of the NC delegation at the AAUW 2011 convention are members of the Tar Heel Branch. We’re hoping to get pictures posted soon.

The branch model was discussed at Convention in a virtual branch special interest group (see the handout and the Facebook group that will continue that conversation) and at a session on alternate branch/state structures (with the same handout).

Doris did her usual great job talking about the branch in many different conversations — and the notion of a “virtual branch” made a *very* short list selected from ideas proposed by members to advance the AAUW strategic plan.

We are also very proud of branch members Millie Hoffler-Foushee and David Kirkwood who will continue to serve on the AAUW (national) board for the 2011-2013 biennium.