Welcome to AAUW – Nebraska (NE)

Mission:  AAUW’s mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.  The missions of AAUW-Nebraska and its branches are to further AAUW’s mission.

Motto:  Smart Women — Smart Ideas  (who we are)

Vision Nebraska women reaching their full potential in their chosen fields (what we dream)

Nebraska Operations:

  • Provide supportive environments/relationships
  • Value individual talents/strengths
  • Focus on unity of purpose

Current Focus:  Economic security and encouraging study and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) for Nebraska women

 

We stand against racism

Dear AAUW-NE Member,

During this troubling time in our nation’s history, I hope you are being kind to yourself and others. It feels almost unbearable to witness the anger and anguish erupting in our cities as we also endure a relentless pandemic and economic downfall. The murder of George Floyd serves as a tragic reminder of centuries of racism, violence and lack of humanity for Black people. We join the country in mourning his loss as well as the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless other people of color who have been unjustly killed.

But while we are deeply sad, we mustn’t feel helpless. Now is the time to fight for justice. Here are some suggestions for how to move forward:

Listen: Understand that many Black and Brown people are struggling with enormous pain and despair. Open your hearts to them and listen when they speak — without expecting them to work for the benefit of your learning.

Learn: Read our recent statement [click.everyaction.com] highlighting AAUW’s stand against racism and the Washington Post article [click.everyaction.com] by 2016–17 AAUW American Fellow alumnae Keisha Blain about the problematic history of policing in this country. AAUW will work to advance the systemic changes needed to create a fairer criminal justice system [click.everyaction.com] as a proud member of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

Speak Up: People of color often experience discrimination at the ballot box. This comes in the form of voting restrictions implemented under the guise of preventing “voter fraud,” which is extremely rare. With a pivotal election ahead, persuading policymakers to expand voting rights [click.everyaction.com] is a powerful way to support marginalized communities. Other issues that disproportionately affect Black women and their families are student-loan debt, pay inequity and the lack of a livable minimum wage — all parts of AAUW’s 2020 Gender Agenda [click.everyaction.com]you can take action on.

I’d also like to acknowledge that, as an organization, AAUW has its own work to do — and I’m committed to doing it. So I’ll be listening, learning and speaking up right alongside you.

In solidarity and strength,

Kimberly Churches
Chief Executive Officer


UPCOMING EVENTS

In 2019-20 rather than holding state fall and spring conferences, the branches are coordinating and trying to attend meetings of the other branches.  Please refer to the Branch webpages on this site (tab at top of this webpage) for information on their programs.

For more information, contact:

AAUW – Nebraska President:
Liz Rea, 402-330-6870

For website information or concerns, contact:
aauw-ne@aauw.net

Last updated:  February 5, 2020