Category Archives: Public Policy

2015 NCCWSL Report – Steffini Amezquita

I am so thankful to the AAUW Nevada for giving me the chance to attend the NCCWSL conference in College Park, Maryland! At this conference I was able to meet hundreds of people from every single walk of life, and I have made life long friends! Every day we had a different keynote speaker, and my favorite was Maysoon Zayid. I had seen her TedTalk before the conference, so to meet this inspirational women was incredible! There were also many incredible workshops to choose from. Through these workshops I learned how to manage stress, accept cultural differences, and raise sexual assault awareness on my campus.

I have taken away so much from this conference. It taught me that I can do whatever I set my mind to, and how important it is to always support your peers. There was never a time during those four days where anyone talked down to anyone, and it is in that type of supportive environment that a person will thrive. I will now finish up my senior year at UNR as a more empowered woman. Then, thanks to the grad-school fair that NCCSWL put on, I have found my dream school, and I plan on attending SIT graduate institute within the next few years!  

Steffini and NCCWSL Friends Steffini & Maysoon Zayid

December Report

Nevada Monthly Report, December 2013

AAUW Nevada Celebrates

As 2013 winds to a close, branches took time to celebrate the season and raise scholarship funds.  Holiday gatherings and events brought together members, friends, and communities.  Both Las Vegas and Boulder City held very successful fundraisers.  The money raised will provide scholarships to local women.

AAUW Boulder City Event Sells Out

The Boulder City branch raised money and built community with their annual Home Tour.

The Boulder City branch raised money and built community with their annual Home Tour.

Congratulations to the Boulder City branch!  The branch is known for its holiday Home Tour, which raises money to help local women and girls.  Four hundred tickets were printed this year, and each one was sold – with participants still arriving, members began to collect money and write “paid” on the brochures!  Over $3,600 was raised.  The event benefited greatly from the help of many members.  Chelsea West opened her home, and involved her family as well.  The family graciously served over 150 espressos, and brought the entire community together in their beautiful outdoor spaces.  President Laura Pyzer produced the banner, posters, tickets, maps, and brochures, as well as helped out on tour day.  Diane Page contributed the music, and Andrea Anderson & Lynn Miller sold tickets and gave out the name tags Sheila Portillo had created for hosts. They also provided hosts with LueAnn Amburn’s antique hats and aprons to wear.  The volunteer hosts were: Barbara Polk, Laura Hutton, Lynn Goya, Barbara Morris, LueAnn Amburn, Sheila Portillo, Gabriela Portillo, Jean Biacsi, Ernie Biacsi, Anne Slavicek, Ron Slavicek, Mindy McCasland, Cheryl Waites, Bonny DelDotto, Blanche LaSalle, Kim Cruikshank, Nicky Collins, Kim Reddin, and Valerie McNay.  Congratulations to everyone on a wonderful event!

AAUW of Nevada participates in Nevada’s 150th Birthday

Happy Birthday Nevada!

Happy Birthday Nevada!

2014 marks the 150th birthday of our great state! Happy Birthday, Nevada!  The Las Vegas branch has been particularly active in events marking the sesquicentennial.   They have been working with other local organizations to plan “First Ladies First.”  The event will feature all 5 living former first ladies in addition to current First Lady Kathleen Sandoval.  It will be covered by local media.  Over 400 tickets have been reserved, so if you’re in the area get yours soon!

Save the Date

  • January 7th, Support Unemployment Insurance, Las Vegas rally
  • January 11th, First Ladies First, Las Vegas
  • January 25th,  Partisan vs. Political workshop, Northern Nevada
  • June 6th- 8th,  Rocky Mountain Regional Conference, Reno

Rocky Mountain Regional Conference:  This June AAUW of Nevada will welcome members from around the region to Reno for a 2 day conference.  The theme will be “Beyond the Wagon Train:  Who is the Western Woman?”.   Presentations on sex trafficking, AAUW’s Legal Advocacy Fund, and the western woman are all being planned.   There will also be a $tart $mart workshop for anyone who would like to be trained as a facilitator.  The conference will be held on the riverfront at the Siena Hotel.  We hope to see everyone there!

AAUW Nevada’s Ever Increasing Reach

AAUW of Nevada continues to increase its virtual presence!  Katherine took advantage of the  holiday season and sent out an email blast to over 900 members and supporters, sending not only our best wishes for the season, but an invitation to follow us on social media as well.  Right now we are up to almost 50 followers on Twitter – that’s about double what we had last month!  And, we’re just 6 “likes” shy of 100 on Facebook!  In 2014 we’ll begin to send out action alerts and online petitions in support of AAUW policy priorities using these tools.

Bringing Community Together

This month as members gathered to celebrate the holidays, we are reminded that we have a wonderful AAUW of Nevada community.  Members regularly come together to support each other, to learn from each other, and to help their communities.  Whether it’s through offering scholarships to local young women, or helping out in the local schools, AAUW of Nevada builds community.  Looking forward to 2014 we can mobilize that community to take a stand for equality for Nevada’s women and girls.  Never doubt what a group of passionate and intelligent women can do!

Member Spotlight

ChelseaWestThe Boulder City Home Tour would not have been the success it was without the help of Chelsea West and her family.  Many thanks to Chelsea for opening her family’s home, serving up refreshments, and helping to make the event a success!

Public Policy Program


The Public Policy Program underscores AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research and speaks to women’s needs, aspirations, and concerns across the life span. The work of AAUW builds upon more than 130 years of responsible public participation, and the following principles provide a basis for AAUW members’ actions at the local, state, national, and international levels. Implicit in each of our principles is support for government agencies administering programs, including adequate appropriations, effective and accountable administration, and provision for citizen participation. We advocate public discussion to ensure enlightened decisions on these principles. We work to increase the number of underrepresented populations, including women, in policy- and other decision-making positions. AAUW is committed to working in partnership with diverse allies and coalitions to break through educational and economic barriers for women and girls.

For more information, review the Principles and Priorities of the public policy program.