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Thursday, February 14, 2019
7:00 pm 
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Presented by Leah Feldman and
Jason Mark

Dutchess County began implementation of their High Risk Case Management Program after a series of domestic violence homicides that highlighted the need for an improved response to domestic violence victims. During this presentation members of the Dutchess County team will share experiences implementing both the High Risk Team model and Lethality Assessment Program model in New York State.  Both models have been found to be instrumental in connecting victims with services and providing increased safety measures throughout the community.

More program and speaker information>>

Questions: Monique Jones, 849-1692; Sandy Lash, 227-4650

10th Annual Writers' Tea & Benefit Auction

This year we celebrate 10 years
of successful fundraising for the scholarships and community service initiatives of Poughkeepsie AAUW.


Sunday, April 14, 2019
       2:30 ~ 6:00 pm
The Links at Union Vale

Recent Events


RACE SOLDIER: Growing Up Black in a White Environment in the 1960’s

Presented by 
Jocelyn Johnson-Kearney

January 10, 2019

7:00 pm

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
67 S Randolph Ave., Poughkeepsie

Race Soldier: Growing Up Black in a White Environment in the 1960’sis a dramatic presentation based on Jocelyn Johnson-Kearney’s memories of growing up as a Black child in an all-white environment during the Civil Rights era of the 1960’s.  Ms. Johnson-Kearney is a gifted writer and actor who combines drama, visual imagery and sound to tell a unique and powerful story.

Additional Information>>

Questions: Monique Jones, 849-1692; Sandy Lash, 227-4650



"More Beautiful for Having Been Broken"

On Dec 13, 2018, Kelly Lyndgaard and Rachel Hermosillo presented a program explaining how  Unshattered, a nonprofit social enterprise, was founded by Kelly Lyndgaard, and how the program is run.  They employ women who are “winning their fight against addiction.” Also Rachel Hermosillo, Sales Lead for Unshattered, told her story of addiction and that of a close friend.  Many handbags and other products were purchased by those attending.

More information>>

Once again a car load of gifts for mothers at Grace Smith House was donated by AAUW members. 


"Beyond Betty Crocker: How Americans Learned to Love Chow Mein, Stir-Fries, and Chinese Food"

Presented by

Dr. Willa Zhen



Woman of the Year 2018

Dr. Pamela R. Edington

President, Dutchess Community College

Woman of the Year


"The Evolution of New York State's Family Courts and the Challenges of Achieving
Justice Today"

Judge Tracy MacKenzie*

Dutchess County Family Court Judge

*Additional information>>

On October 11, a light supper was served by the staff and residents of The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie honoring our newest members and also attended by the board.  With desserts furnished by the board, it was certainly enjoyed by all.

Ann Pinna gave a brief introduction to the Poughkeepsie AAUW Court Watch program and introduced Judge McKenzie.

After dinner we were fortunate to have an extremely informative and well presented presentation on the history of the Family Court which was only established in 1962.  Judge McKenzie spoke with great enthusiasm about the history but also about type of cases handled by  Family Court, their case load and the new law that will put cases involving 16 and 17 year old in Family Court.

"Sexual Harassment in the Workplace"

Leah Feldman     Jonna Spilbor      Brittney Denley

On September 11th, in the Villard Room at Vassar College, AAUW Member Leah Feldman, Director of the Center for Victim Safety and Support, Family Services; Brittney L. Denley, Esq., Associate Director of the Vassar College Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action/Title IX; and, Jonna Spilbor, Esq., a Poughkeepsie Attorney, TV Legal Analyst, and Radio Personality gave the attendees:

  • an overview of the laws dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace, practical applications of these laws
  • information on the impact of sexual harassment on employees
  • strategies on how management can respond to those who have been impacted in a compassionate and victim-centered manner
  • an overview of how to file a complaint.  

It was an event that helped employees understand their rights and helped employers learn how to create a safe, respectful working environment.  It was an exceptional event for both women and men, and employers and employees.

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Poughkeepsie AAUW's new community service initiative, Careers and Leadership, worked in collaboration with WPN on this program.


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