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Kim Churches, National AAUW CEO
Recent conversation with state Presidents:
Kim Churches will attend our NYS-AAUW Convention April 20 - 22. Register>>
Writers' Tea & Benefit Auction
The Links at Union Vale
153 North Parliman Rd., Lagrangeville, NY
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Auction Items needed - see forms on left under "UpComing Events."
Leaving – Beyond the Whiteness Memories of Romania of Whiteness: Memoir
of a White Mother
of Black Sons
Please join Poughkeepsie AAUW and Vassar College’s Campus Life ALANA Center, Career Development Office and Women’s Studies Program for this timely and relevant panel discussion.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
7 pm to 8:30 pm
*The Aula at Vassar College
Wendy Maragh Taylor Elizabeth Howe Bradley
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; Leah Feldman, Director for the Center for Victim Safety, Family Services; Cecilia Hoang, Student, Vassar College; Lubna Somjee, Clinical & Health Psychologist/Executive Coach; Shona Tucker, Faculty & Chair of Drama Department, Vassar College
*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. See the map which works on iPads and phones campusmap.vassar.edu
Presenter: Grace Roebuck, Vassar College
February 8, Grace Roebuck, a sophomore Psychology major from Vassar College spoke on the issue of Human Trafficking.
About a year ago, Grace co-founded an anti-trafficking organization at Vassar College entitled "The Underground." Starting with a campus wide art initiative, the Red Sand Project, 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.
During this presentation Grace elaborated on the primary causes of human trafficking, as well as its many forms; effect on victims; and susceptible high risk groups. Further she discussed new and innovative combatant techniques - as well as interesting organizations, individuals, and businesses working to combat this issue.
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, 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?
"Sometimes Travel to New Places Leads to Great Transformation" (Amy Thrasher)
On December 14, 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.