Welcome to the Newport-Mesa-Irvine, CA Branch of American Association of University Women!

Linh Anh

Congratulations to Linh Anh Cat, one of the 10 members of AAUW’s National Student Advisory Council (SAC) forming a unique feminist team that helps AAUW grow and connect with our student community. These students serve as AAUW ambassadors on campus, advise AAUW staff, and lead gender equality projects on their campuses. SAC members also play a critical role in planning AAUW’s annual National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL).

Linh Anh fieldwork takes her from Alaska to Mexico as she earns her doctorate in microbial ecology at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Her passion for gender equity and science outreach has led her to serve as a peer leader with AAUW Tech Trek and organize hands-on workshops that she brings to classrooms and science centers all over Southern California. She aspires to be a role model to all young girls who are strong, outdoorsy, and inquisitive. In her free time, she enjoys exploring nature by diving at the beach, hiking mountains, and climbing in the desert.

During October 21-23, Linh Anh was at AAUW National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. for the SAC Leadership Training Retreat. She developed her +1 Project which will address female and minority STEM role models for undergraduate students at UCI, a minority and Hispanic serving institution. She will implement a mentorship program between graduate and undergraduate students that will allow 1) undergraduate students to receive advice specific to their interests and backgrounds, 2) have visible role models, and 3) increase visibility of female and minority scientists across campus for all students to reduce the stereotype that only men with crazy hair work in the lab.

Linh Anh also will be working with the AAUW Student Group on campus at UCI and is joining the Newport-Mesa-Irvine branch.

Tina Byrne, C/U Committee Chair

#1 – Tune In for Our Panels on How to #StandUptoSexism

 AAUW’s new #StandUptoSexism campaign has sparked lively conversation on social media, in the news, and in communities. AAUW and NYU Washington, DC, are convening a series of panel conversations. Join us online or in person and learn how you can fight gender bias. Read more.


#2 – Nominate an AAUW Member for a U.S. Postage Stamp

There have been more than a dozen women involved with AAUW who have appeared on postage stamps. Including Jane Addams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Frances Perkins, and Rachel Carson. We’d love to see more AAUW women represented on our nation’s postage stamps — so we’ll be choosing one woman from AAUW’s rich history to nominate for a commemorative stamp. We’ll select the winning nominee to propose to the U.S. Postal Service. Voting closes April 30 at 12 p.m. EST. Read more.

#3 – Join AAUW’s Online Book Discussion with the Author of Re Jane: A Novel, Patricia Park

Copyright, Random House

Join AAUW and our ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club in celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month as we talk with 2013–14 AAUW American Fellow Patricia Park about her book Re Jane. What The New York Times calls a “breezy, engaging” first novel that “grapples with real issues of identity, race, and culture from global and historical perspectives”. Register to join the discussion on May 2, 2017 at 7:00pm. Read more.



#4 – Get The Simple Truth in Spanish!

Now available en español, use this resource to educate decision makers and your community about the gender pay gap.
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#5 – 2017 AAUW National Election

 Learn about your candidates for election to the Board or apply for appointment to the board; read up on the proposed by-laws amendments, the proposed public policy platform, and resolutions on this year’s ballot in the Voter Guide; or learn how to turn your branch meeting into a polling place so everyone can vote! Read more.

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and positive societal change.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is open to all graduates who hold a hold an associate or equivalent or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

AAUW is California’s most active and diverse organization for women offering action for equity, personal and professional growth, community leadership and friendship.