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Kim Churches, AAUW National CEO, will attend our AAUW-NYS Convention April 20 - 22.  Register>>

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Writers' Tea &
Benefit Auction

 Sunday, April 15, 2018

 The Links at Union Vale

 Mihai Grünfeld         Jane Lazarre

Leaving –                            Beyond the Whiteness of
Memories of Romania 
      Whiteness: Memoir of a 
                                      White Mother of Black Sons


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Select the yellow donate button above, follow the onscreen directions. Where it asks for "Other Amount" put in $62 for each reservation you are making for the tea.  Where PayPal asks for special instructions to seller, click in that box and type tea, your phone number and the full name of everyone you are including in your reservation. Your reservation details will be forwarded to the Tea Committee.  You do not have to contact them separately. You may select to use your personal credit card instead of a PayPal account at this same site.

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A catalog of selected auction items HERE>>

Please join Poughkeepsie AAUW, Career Development Office of Vassar College and the Women’s Center of Vassar College for this timely and relevant panel discussion.


Thursday, March 8, 2018
7 pm to 8:30 pm
The Aula at Vassar College

Moderator: Wendy Maragh Taylor, Director of the Campus Life ALANA Center, Vassar College; AAUW Member

This program will attend to the challenges women face with having a range of "noise" around us, being pulled in various directions and having numerous possibilities.  The program will be a moderated panel, which will feature three professionals and two students about to graduate.  We will hear different perspectives on the state of things for women given the pressures in the current culture. Opportunity for audience participation will follow.  

The program will begin with a welcome and opening remarks by Vassar's eleventh president, Elizabeth Howe Bradley.

Panelist: Sophia Burns, Student, Vassar College; Cecilia Hoang, Student, Vassar College; Leah Feldman, Director for the Center for Victim Safety, Family Services; Lubna Somjee, Clinical & Health Psychologist/Executive Coach; Shona Tucker, Faculty & Chair of Drama Department, Vassar College

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Directions to Ely Hall (The Aula): Enter Vassar by the Main Gate off Raymond Ave.  Turn left in front of Main Building, take the first right and bear left immediately to Pratt Loop.  Ely Hall is the first building on the right (#18 on a campus map).  There is some parking before the building and some on a loop to the right after the building, otherwise the North Lot off College View Ave will be the next choice.  Map which works on iPads and phones campusmap.vassar.edu>> 


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Recent Events


Grace Roebuck, Vassar College

On February 8, 2018, Grace Roebuck, a sophomore Psychology major from Vassar College spoke on the issue of Human Trafficking.  


Using an outstanding visual presentation with several videos, Grace explained "The Underground" an organization she co-founded as an anti-trafficking organization at Vassar College. Starting with a campus wide art initiative, the Red Sand Project, and several outstanding speakers, Grace and her team have since gone on to develop many new projects including an anti-trafficking curriculum at a Haitian Secondary School, a theater production on sex slavery, and the return of Red Sand among other things.  

Grace explained the efforts they are making to have Vassar be the first "slave free" university - that is, free of using any products produced by slaves. She explained the huge economic factors, causes and high risk, consequences and the many forms of trafficking.  She went on to explain where this happens and how we can help.


More about Grace Roebuck>>


Investigator Thomas Roidl

“The Internet has opened up a world of information and opportunity for anyone with a computer and a connection.”

On January 11, 2018, cybersecurity expert Investigator Thomas Roidl, who has over 19 years of experience in law enforcement shared with us his expertise in the world of hacks, stolen identities, malware, sexual and financial predators and more.  Investigator Roidl brought us vital information about the perils of online activity and Internet Safety for children and adults.

We learned much for ourselves and much to share with our children and grandchildren.  We will all remember two warnings:

"The internet is the world's library sourced by dubious authors"

"If you do not want it on a billboard you don't want it online"

As we use the internet we should all think:

Who is on the other side?

Why do we use the internet?

What is the need verse the want of being online?


"FIVE CENT COOKIES"— A Journey to Senegal


 Amy Thrasher

"Sometimes Travel to New Places Leads to Great Transformation" (Amy Thrasher)

On December 14, 2017, Amy Thrasher, a member of Poughkeepsie Branch AAUW, gave a presentation highlighting her month-long assignment in Dakar, Senegal with IBM's Corporate Service Corps (CSC). She explained the project she worked on for IBM, the background of the people living in Sengal, the children, education and life in the country.

Along with her professional expertise, Amy brought a discerning palate and acute cultural curiosity with her to Senegal.  We all enjoyed a taste of the sweet side of Senegalese cuisine.

More information>>



"THREADING MY PRAYER RUG: One Woman’s Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim"

Author and Speaker, Sabeeha Rehman



On November 9, 2017, AAUW was treated to an extraordinary presentation by Sabeeha Rehman.  She told us the story of her marriage (arranged) and her coming to America.  How she raised her two sons and worked to make for them a Muslim community and a life as an American.  Her presentation brought laughter as well as information. Her book is certainly must reading for all who want a better understanding of "being Muslim in America."


Live Your Dream Girls’ Conference

On November 4, 2017, the Eleventh Annual Live Your Dream Girls' Conference was held at Dutchess Community College.  About 60 girls from the 6th and 7th grade attended and the day was enjoyed by all.  Pictures and report will be available soon.

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