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


Faces of Student Debt

Deeper in Debt Student Debt Crisis

(Photo credit: COD Newsroom)

AAUW’s new research report Deeper In Debt has shown that women bare a disproportionate amount of student debt. These six women invested in themselves and their future by pursuing higher education. But those degrees came at large price. Read more.


Three Musts for Intersectional Feminism

Younger Women’s Task Force - Greater Lafayette ChapterIntersectional feminism is to acknowledge multiple overlapping social identities and related systems of oppression. So, while we may want to work under the umbrella term “women,” there is not one global women’s experience. Here are three ways to make sure that your feminism is intersectional. Read more.


Reflecting on the First AAUW Lobby Day

With our 49th AAUW National Convention coming up this June, take a minute to look back at our very first Lobby Day. This takes us back in time to 1989 and the 35th AAUW National Convention, where the theme that year was “Choices, Changes, and Connections.” Read more.


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.