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


Join Adelante’s Online Book Discussion with the Author of Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice

How did Sonia Sotomayor become the first Latina justice on the Supreme Court of the United States? Veteran journalist Joan Biskupic follows the story behind that question. Join AAUW and our ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club in commemorating National Hispanic Heritage Month as we talk with Joan Biskupic on September 6 about her book Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice.
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Full Equity in Higher Education Remains Elusive

Student debt protest. Image by Ryan via Flickr Creative Commons

Women’s Equality Day, celebrated on August 26, marks the anniversary of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. One battle we are still waging is for women in education. AAUW estimates that due to disproportionate student loan burden and a longer debt repayment period, women currently hold almost two-thirds of student debt in the United States. Read more.


Apply for AAUW’s Fellowships and Grants Today!

2014-2015 AAUW International Fellow Petreena Campbell pursued her Ph.D. in Pharmacology.

AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. Follow in the footsteps of award-winning authors, scientists, scholars, and change makers. Apply today!


The American Association of University Women is a diverse organization
that promotes equity for all women and girls, lifelong education
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.