Holiday DEI Around the Table

DEI Committee Meeting –
Tuesday, December 12, 2023, 4-7 pm

Ten branch members interested in advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) met at Teresa Cheung’s wonderfully decorated house for the team’s December meeting. We started by viewing National AAUW’s DEI meeting on Zoom, where the topic was about changing AAUW rules to eliminate the degree requirement for members. They made a strong case that our organization should be inclusive of all who share our mission of supporting equity for women and girls. With this inspiration, our DEI team agreed to carry forward a recommendation for members to vote “yes” in the spring when eliminating the requirement will be on the AAUW ballot.

As we shared a delicious dinner, complete with tasty pasta created by Teresa’s chef husband and other dishes brought by attendees, we turned to the topic of the April branch member meeting. We’ve been asked to develop a DEI related program for that evening. Kathie Hixon provided the direction given her association with PFLAG, a national organization that advocates for LGBTQ+ people and their supporters. We are excited to be able to provide a forum for two local speakers from this worthy group in April!

Finally, we decided that DEI meetings will be held monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. They will alternate between in-person “around the table” meetings and virtual Zoom meetings.

Happy Holidays!