Nova Southeastern University AAUW Branch

 

AAUW Nova Southeastern University: 3073
South Florida

Position Name Contact Information
President Randi L. Sims sims@nova.edu
Director for Programs Rose Llanos-Almeida Rose.Llanos-Almeida@nova.edu
Director for Membership Maureen McDermott mmcdermo@nova.edu
Director of Finance Julie Torruellas Garcia torruellassj@yahoo.com
Director for Public Policy Mary Hope Schwoebel mschwoebel@nova.edu
Secretary Sarah Divine sf787@nova.edu
College University Relations Liaisons/
Student Advisors
Thea McComisky mccomisk@nova.edu
Communications Director Laura Macias ld639@nova.edu

Branch Members: 13

Link to Branch Newsletter:  https://aauw-fl.aauw.net/branches/newsletters

Branch Meeting Dates:   2nd Wednesday of Every Month, Noon-1:00 p.m.

Location: Main Campus, DeSantis Building-Room 5145

FREE AAUW Membership Available to all NSU Students!

NSU is now an official AAUW (American Association of University Women) University Partner. With the generosity of the Provost’s office, both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for FREE AAUW national membership.

How students can join: Visit this web page and enter your personal information: https://svc.aauw.org/RECore/wMembership/join_esaf_member.asp

Web addresses given for membership will be used to contact students about chapter upcoming events and chapter membership. Contact Dr. Randi Sims (sims@nova.edu) for more information if necessary.

Upcoming Events

Summary of Events 2019-2020

Domestic Violence Training “In Her Shoes” on October 18, 2019

On October 18, 2019 Women in Distress, Memorial Healthcare System, NSU’s Title IX, and NSU’s chapter of the American Association for University Women hosted the domestic violence training “In Her Shoes”. This was a fascinating three hour event from 9:00 a.m. until noon in which approximately 75 people attended. The event started out with a light breakfast. An overview with questions and statistics related to domestic violence were discussed. Participants learned important statistics such as power and control is the major cause of domestic violence and on average a woman experiences 7 incidents of violence before she leaves a domestic violence situation for good. Moreover, 1 in 4 women experience intimate partner violence in the United States and the statistic for same sex partners is also 1 in 4.

Following this overview, trainers Marlee Cea, Emil Rudicell, Emily Janas, and Yimalissee Nazario divided all participants into two groups. Each of the groups participated in the same “In her Shoes” activity in two different classrooms. All participants paired into groups of four. This game consisted of getting a card for a specific person in a domestic violence situation. The cards would then lead to different scenarios and the team would need to discuss and decide as a group which card they would go to next as they examine this from the woman’s perspective. This led to much stimulating conversation among each group. If the group had enough time then they were able to do a second round with another woman’s experience of domestic violence. As one can imagine, this really helped participants understand the continuous hardship women experiencing domestic violence face. Afterward, there was a discussion among the entire group of what was learned and experiences to share. One female participant said she never realized how much people could help along the way that you would never expect such as a hair dresser actively seeking help for a woman in a domestic violence situation. Another female participant said that she was surprised how so many survivors are of different ethnic identities and come from varying careers and socioeconomic backgrounds.

The last part of the training consisted of participants forming a new group of four people. Using markers and large paper each group designed their safe community using pictures and words. They were encouraged to be as creative as possible. These enlightening papers were they discussed and displayed in the classroom. Many groups focused on having a community that is highly accessible with bike lanes, walking lanes, and public transportation that linked all the important services every community should have. The closing activity was to discuss with a partner one action item each person will take. At the end, participants could pick up their individual certificate. This was a phenomenal training that actively demonstrated the urgency of knowledge and education for all people regarding domestic violence.

SEA Thursdays With Student Chapter of AAUW

Our student chapter of AAUW kicked off this month with SEA Thursdays on Thursday, October 17th. Our student leaders passed out literature and other important material to share with our NSU students. They were eager and excited to share all about the AAUW with new and continuing students!

Hispanics in Leadership on October 14, 2019

The Graduate Business Student Association (GBSA) and the AAUW Hispanics in Leadership event was full of informative and motivating discussions. All speakers were well accomplished women and Hispanic leaders. Dr. Madeline Camejo, Vice President and Chief Pharmacy Officer of Baptist Health of South Florida, shared a story that really stood out. She began the discussion of her story how her parents migrate from Cuba to Miami. Dr. Camejo is the first one of her family to graduate from college and become a doctor.

Dr. Camejo shared her insights on how to build your personal brand and always stay true to yourself. She stressed the importance of how to carry yourself with humility, integrity, and to extend a helping hand to someone in need. Some keys topics she touch on was to move strategically and don’t be afraid to take risks. She also focused on assimilating to the company’s culture and making sure it’s  good fit for you. The ability to adapt quickly was also helpful in her success. She never lost her identity as a Cuban American women in corporate America.

All of the women on the panel have done a great deal in their community. This panel was full of amazing and inspirational content for the entire audience.

E-STEAM Project at PACE Center for Girls on October 7, 2019

NSU AAUW went to the PACE Center for Girls on Monday, October 7th for the first session of the E-STEAM Project for Girls.

NSU Faculty Volunteers: Julie Torruellas Garcia, Ph.D. (Halmos), Randi L. Sims, Ph.D. (Business),  & Kandy Lopez-Moreno, M.F.A. (Art)

NSU student volunteers: Paige Allen (Art and Design Major), Brianna Thompson (Biology Major), Kyle Hansotia (Biology Major) & Muhammad-Altamash Jawadi (Biology Major)

There were 3 stations of activities:

Coding with Ozobots – girls learned how to write code for a small robot that responds to color patterns.

Lemon Power – girls learned how to make a battery out of lemons to light up a small, LED bulb.

Art/Monoprinting – Girls created a design with paint on a styrofoam cup and learned how to monoprint the design onto paper.

Approximately 40 PACE girls participated in the 3 hour event.

Anyone interested in joining NSU AAUW or participating in the ESTEAM Project for Girls should contact Dr. Randi Sims at sims@nova.edu .

WUF and AAUW’s Self-Defense Workshop on September 28, 2019

Women United Forward (WUF) and the American Association of University Women (AAUW) joined together for a self-defense workshop on Saturday, September 28th from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. This interactive workshop featured preventative tips for all women that were shared by the presenter and participants. There was also Q & A and discussion on ways to be proactive as women in the world we live in today. Stimulating conversation and useful feedback was discussed by all throughout this workshop.

Welcome to SEA Thursdays!

On Thursday, September 19th we kicked off the semester with SEA Thursday in the University Center. Dr. Julie Torruellas Garcia, Haley Perkins, and Rose Llanos-Alemida (pictured left to right) welcomed students, faculty, and staff at our booth. They discussed the many opportunities to get involved with the AAUW. Also, they let students know about the FREE membership available to undergraduate and graduate students. Of course there were goodies and information pamphlets as well. It was an eventful afternoon to start off the fall 2019 semester!

Summary of Events 2018-2019

Schedule of Activities

Winter 2019 Events:

  • PACE E-STEAM schedule for Winter 2019
    • Wednesday January 9, 2019
    • Wednesday Jan 30
    • Wednesday Feb 13
  • International Women’s Day Colloquium, March 20, 2019
    • Wednesday, March 20, 2019
    • Noon to 1:00pm
    • DeSantis Atrium
  • SeaThursday, Equal Pay Day
    • Thursday, April 4, 2019
    • Noon to 1:00 p.m.
    • University Center
  • Salary Negotiation with Career Development
    • Wednesday, April 24, 2019
    • Noon to 2:00 p.m.

Fall 2018 Events:

  • PACE E-STEAM schedule for Fall 2018
    • Thursday Nov 1, 2018
    • Thursday Nov 15
    • Thursday December 6
  • Professional Tabeling Dates
    • August 23, 2018 Huizenga College Passport to Success
    • October 24, 2018 NSU Health Fair
  • Student Tabeling Dates (noon to 1:00pm) and Themes
  • Meetings for Fall, 2nd Wednesday noon to 1pm, DeSantis 5145.

Read about us in the news:

https://nsunews.nova.edu/nsu-aauw-branch-celebrates-10th-anniversary/

https://nsucurrent.nova.edu/2018/09/11/nsus-branch-of-the-aauw-to-hold-events-in-support-of-gender-equity/

Salary Negotiation Workshop on April 24, 2019

On April 24th from noon -1:00 p.m. the Office of Career Development and the AAUW joined together for a Salary Negotiation workshop. While eating a pizza lunch, NSU Career Advisor Ashley Rizzotto presented helpful tips and data that demonstrated the importance of this issue. She discussed ways to prove your worth, establish a balance between being firm and flexible in the job force, and how to get creative when negotiating your salary. Ms. Rizzotto reviewed tools that we can all use such as research from glassdoor.com and using payscale.com or salary.com. For example, on Glassdoor you can use a tool that helps you know your worth. We discussed aiming high when negotiating your salary and that you can always accept less. Another useful strategy was when a potential employer asks, “How much do you expect to be paid?” You can reply, “What did you have budgeted for this position?” This will give you a better gauge on salaries for that position. Of course it’s necessary to have questions for the interviewer. For instance, a beneficial question to better understand the work environment is to ask, “What is the company facing as a challenge right now?” Ms. Rizzotto also said it’s better not to ask about compensation until the employer makes you an offer.

As we know, it may not be possible for the employer to offer a higher salary. If this is the case, then you could get creative and offer other ideas to increase the overall compensation, such as tuition credits, conference and professional development compensation, mentoring, training, relocation reimbursement, and everyday costs (parking, etc.), flexibility with vacation days, and additional insurance/health plans. The key really is to know your worth and be prepared to demonstrate this during your interview.  Ashley noted it’s probably best not to counter the salary offer more than twice. If you set a salary number, be prepared to accept it. Ashley further explained that once an offer has been made, make sure to ask the potential employer to write this salary on official company letterhead. If for any reason this isn’t possible then send them an email to confirm the salary offered and accepted.

This was applicable information for all in attendance which included seventeen students, faculty and staff. At the end there was question and answer and different scenarios that we reviewed together. It was also encouraged that we can explore this further by going to the free online salary negotiation training offered by the AAUW. Everyone can access this training at www.salary.aauw.org . Please see the pamphlet below.

NSU AAUW Members Attend Florida Leadership Conference in April 2019

This April, NSU AAUW board members Randi Sims, Ph.D., and Julie Torruella Garcia presented the poster, “Equity, Education, and Community Service: A Summary of AAUW-NSU Programing” at the AAUW Florida Leadership Conference in Ocala, FL. The focus of this year’s conference was “All Roads Lead to Equity”, discussing steps taken by AAUW National to address economic security for women and how those programs and actions can be adapted to women in Florida

https://sharkbytes.nova.edu/academics/nsu-aauw-branch-members-attend-florida-leadership-conference/

Equal Pay Day on April 4, 2019

Equal Pay Day is a public awareness event to show the gap in women’s and men’s wages. This year this NSU chapter of the AAUW, demonstrated this discrepancy between wages on Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the University Center. Students, faculty, and staff were encouraged to see what this means by spinning the wheel. Depending on the color they land on, they receive a ‘salary offer’ to match that color block. If they are lucky, they land on orange, the salary corresponding to a white male. If not, their salary offer is reduced to match the color block (divided by race and gender). The purpose is that the spin of the wheel is not a reflection of their credentials or how hard they will work. It is NOT earned. Just like race and gender are not earned, they just are. Participants were also given handouts with salary negotiation tips and information about our own salary negotiation workshop. Many students seemed surprised with the information they received. Hopefully students, faculty, and staff will take this opportunity to learn even more at the salary negotiation workshop on Wednesday, April 24th from 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m. in the Carl DeSantis building Room 1046.

International Women’s Day Colloquium 2019 on March 20, 2019

On Wednesday, March 20th NSU’s American Association of University Women (AAUW) sponsored the 14th annual International Women’s Day Colloquium in the Carl DeSantis Atrium. The theme for 2019 was Balance for Better and nearly 100 students, faculty and staff attended this event. Student organizations participated by displaying their research posters that focused on gender equity issues in their chosen fields.

Dr. Randi Sims, President NSU-AAUW, welcomed all in attendance and discussed the history of the women’s movement and posed the question of what this generation will do for future generations of young girls and women. Dr. Maureen McDermott, Vice-President of Membership NSU-AAUW, then introduced the eloquent speaker.

Ivelices Thomas, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of RH & Beyond gave a poignant and heartfelt speech on Creating Your Own Path to Parity. Ms. Thomas discussed her personal journey and the challenges and obstacles that she discovered along the way. She learned invaluable lessons such as being an advocate for yourself by demonstrating you are the right person for the role. Additionally, all women need internal advocates for times when you aren’t in the room to represent yourself. She emphasized forming relationships with colleagues at all levels of a business. She also recommended becoming involved in organizations that matter to you and your company. Women helping other women was also stressed. She shared her personal experience of getting to a top position and hiring many women. At first she worried about doing this but then realized this is how the positive change happens.

Afterward undergraduate student Sarah Goltsman, winner of the USS-AAUW award, shared her powerful spoken word poem Masterpiece. This thought-provoking poem incorporated women’s right and suffrage as well as sexual harassment and abuse. The main theme is that a woman’s body can stop being her own. Throughout her art, she invokes other women she admires in her life showing women are so much more than their bodies. Her poem can send chills through one’s body as it was so real and relatable. It ended with hope that through open discussion and unity a difference can and will be made.

This is the link for her spoken word poem: https://vimeo.com/groups/183597/videos/262089482

This event concluded by closing commentary from Rose Llanos-Almeida, Director of Programs NSU-AAUW, where she invited everyone to become part of the AAUW and push forward on our path together.

AAUW-NSU wishes to thank the Office of Orientation & Commuter Engagement and The Women’s Success Series for partial funding of this event.

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AAUW-NSU PACE Visit on February 13, 2019

It was quite an eventful day for the girls from the Pace Center for Girls. This was the final session of the “E-STEAM Project for Girls” for 2019. There were six girls that participated in this final session which was a half day filled with fun, yet educational activities, on Wednesday, February 13th. At the beginning of the day, the girls worked with Ashley Rizzotto, Career Adviser. Ashley started her lesson by introducing the girls to value cards in relation to potential careers. The girls sorted through these cards and selected ten, and then five cards, that best represent what they want in a career. The cards ranged from vales such as competition and fast pace to other values like honesty and integrity and helping society. It was quite the challenge to only choose five cards, but the girls managed to do it and added this information to their ongoing individual PowerPoint presentation. Ashley also discussed career mapping and websites where the girls can go to conduct their own further career exploration.

After that activity, the girls headed over to the Don Taft University Center where they split into two groups. The first group worked on completing their PowerPoints. Dr. Maureen McDermott, Associate Professor for the Fischler College of Education, assisted the girls in finishing their PowerPoints making sure the slides contained a balance of type and graphics.

The other group worked with Kandy Lopez, Assistant Professor for the Department of Performing and Visual Arts, and her undergraduate students and created their own T-shirts and tote bags using screen printing. The girls really enjoyed making their own unique creations with a quotation and image that is important in their life.

After both groups completed one activity they switched and worked on the other activity so each groups had an opportunity to work on their T-shirts as well as finish their PowerPoints. After all that work they were able to relax and eat a delightful pizza lunch.

The final event was the girls presenting their PowerPoints to their peers and the members of the AAUW. Dr. McDermott gave a lesson about public speaking when using slides on a projector. The girls did a fantastic job presenting what they learned about STEAM while making eye contact with the audience. They discussed how they could implement what they learned in the program when formulating career goals as well as life goals.

The event culminate with a celebratory cake, certificates, and goody bags for each girl. All of these girls accomplished so much throughout their six sessions and learned about STEAM with information and memories they will carry with them throughout their life’s journey.

 

A special thank you to our facilitators: Dr. Julie Torruellas Garcia, Dr. Maureen McDermott, Ashley Rizzotto, and Kandy Lopez. Also, thank you to our AAUW-NSU student members, as well as our AAUW-NSU faculty and staff members that assisted with this event: Dr. Randi Sims, Dr. Vanaja Nethi, Laura Macias, Kaija Ranglin & Esha Parikh. Our undergraduate art students: Paige Allen, Stephanie Suarez, Mikaela O’Donnell, Avery Hutt, and Indaya Williams were helpful volunteers as well.

AAUW-NSU PACE Visit on January 30, 2019

 

It was a busy day for the nine students from the Pace Center for Girls. The “E-STEAM Project for Girls” progressed with a half day filled with events and lunch on Wednesday, January 30th. In the morning the girls worked with Tennille Shuster, Associate Professor for the Department of Performing and Visual Arts. During this time, the girls created a design layout for their own shirts. They selected a quotation that inspired them and also picked an image for their shirt. Next, they went to the Conference Room in the Library where they enjoyed a delicious lunch from the West End Deli at NSU. After that it was time for an engaging math activity with Randi L. Sims, professor at the Wayne H. Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship. This activity taught the girls about sample size population. Each girls received an individual bag of M&Ms. Thy counted and graphed on their PowerPoints with the amount and colors of M&Ms. This data was compared to the percentage of M&M colors at the Distribution Center. The girls also made comparisons with another peer. It was a fascinating activity with hands-on learning! Afterward the girls worked on completing their PowerPoint presentation that they have been working on since the beginning of these sessions. It was quite an educational and riveting day!

A special thank you to our facilitators: Dr. Julie Torruellas Garcia, Dr. Randi Sims and Tennille Shuster, M.F.A. Also, thank you to our AAUW-NSU student members, as well as our AAUW-NSU faculty and staff members that assisted with this event: Dr. Maureen McDermott, Winnie Verna, Laura Macias, Kaija Ranglin & Esha Parikh.

AAUW-NSU Workshop: Proposed Changes to Title IX on January 22, 2019

On January 22, 2019, AAUW-NSU sponsored a workshop in the Mailman Hollywood building on the main campus in which students, faculty and staff received training in how to make individual and/or group comments on federal regulations. The focus of the meeting was on pending change in the regulations pertaining to Title IX, the law prohibiting sex discrimination in education. The workshop was led by Laura Bennett and Desmond Daniels from NSU’s Office of Human Resources. The initial deadline for submitting comments was January 25; however, the deadline has been extended due to the federal government shutdown. Ms. Bennett and Mr. Daniels provided the following links and resources to help you make comments yourself:

Link to Title IX Proposed Changes: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/11/29/2018-25314/nondiscrimination-on-the-basis-of-sex-in-education-programs-or-activities-receiving-federal#open-comment

The Regulatory Timeline: https://www.regulations.gov/?tab=learn

The Rulemaking Process: https://www.federalregister.gov/uploads/2011/01/the_rulemaking_process.pdf

Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA): www.atixa.org

AAUW-NSU PACE Visit on January 16, 2019

On January 16, 2019, the students from the Pace Center for Girls participated in their fourth session in the “E-STEAM Project for Girls.” This was a particularly exciting session as the girls visited the Marine Environmental Education Center (MEEC) and the NSU Oceanographic Campus. In the morning, they met with Meghan McGlone, MEEC Program Coordinator, who taught the girls about the sea turtle’s nesting behaviors, how to recognize their tracking patterns in the sand, and how the hatchlings find the ocean. The girls enjoyed a hands-on activity with a large shiny shell from a giant turtle.

Dr. Maureen McDermott (AAUW/FCE) took the girls downstairs to the pool to see a presentation with MEEC’s permanent resident Captain, a green sea turtle who dives with the assistance of weight therapy. Captain captivated everyone by eating a lettuce lunch, first above the water and then swimming down to eat lettuce leaves anchored in a device on the pool’s floor.

After visiting the MEEC, AAUW member and Halmos College Director of Academic Support and Administration, Dr. Melissa Dore gave them a tour around the Oceanographic Campus, where they examined a manatee’s skeleton and toured a lab with a non-living coral. After visiting the outdoor coral nursery, they worked inside with MS student Dayna Hunn on sorting her small, but fascinating, crabs. It was a day they truly will never forget!

AAUW-NSU PACE Visit on December 6, 2018

  

The third session for the students from the Pace Center for Girls was both informative and engaging for the young women. The “E-STEAM Project for Girls” continued for a half day on Thursday, December 6th, 2018. This time there were twelve girls who participated. The first part was conducted by NSU Librarian Sarena Hicks. She used Kahoots!, a gamed-based platform to teach them about the library. They were eager to see how they were scoring while still learning what a library database is and other library terminology. They also discovered where to go for  homework help and how to explore notable women in the biographies database. All of this information was then added to their own personal PowerPoints that they are creating.

 

Following this, they went to the Parker Building for an intriguing Forensics Lab which was facilitated by Dr. Julie Torruellas Garcia, Associate Professor for the Department of Biological Sciences. Dr. Maria Ballester, Associate Professor for the Department and Chemistry and Physics, also assisted with the fingerprint testing. They had a mystery to solve in which they tested synthetic blood, hair follicles and fingerprinting. The girls enjoyed using the microscopes, solving the mystery, and learning about all the different career paths there are in the area of science.

The final event was going to for a delicious lunch at the University Center where they conversed about their experiences throughout the day. They look forward to all that’s in store for the next session in the New Year!

FREE Membership for All NSU Students

There is wonderful news to share with you. NSU is now an official AAUW University Partner. Therefore, students (undergraduate and graduate) are eligible for FREE AAUW membership. Staff who are also students at NSU would be eligible as well.

You can join now:

Simply visit this webpage and enter your personal information: https://svc.aauw.org/RECore/wMembership/join_esaf_member.asp

We are looking forward to having YOU as a member!

Dr. Maureen McDermott Facilitates Time Management Workshop with Our Student Chapter on October 5, 2018

NSU’s student chapter invited board member Dr. Maureen McDermott (Fischler College of Education) to conduct a workshop in the spirit AAUW’s strategic initiative for Education and Training. Chapter President Gabrielle Orr polled the membership, which decided the topic should be time management on Oct. 5, 2018. Dr. McDermott provided 10 members with their own folders that contained activities to determine how their time was really spent and then how to realign it to include more time for midterm/finals preparation. The most popular distractions reported were socializing via cell phone and watching Netflix. Students devised lists of things they should have and things they should do before the week started so there could be extra time to study alone or in groups. They also discussed the types of exams they were taking and determined the best ways to prepare for them. Winifred Verna, vice president, said she thought the workshop benefitted everyone there and thanked Dr. McDermott for her time. After midterms were over, members reported they would be using the helpful strategies again during finals in December.

AAUW-NSU PACE Visit on November 15, 2018

What an exciting and informative second session for the students from the Pace Center for Girls. The “E-STEAM Project for Girls” continued for a half day on Thursday, November 15th. There were eight girls that participated during this event. They started off the day with Mary Young talking about what goals are and each student shared their own personal goal. Then they moved into creating their individual PowerPoints after discussing what STEAM is. They used K-W-L to show what they know, want to know, and learned about STEAM. Following this activity, the girls attended a live college course UNIV 1000 with Dr. Molly Scanlon. While sharing a pizza lunch together, the college students showed their own group videos they created based on a chapter from the book Always Eat Left Handed by Rohit Bhargava. The videos ranged from the do’s and don’ts of active listening to risk taking and not sweating the small stuff. The final event was going back to the computer lab where the girls continued working with Dr. Scanlon on their PowerPoint presentations. They discussed the eight aspects of wellness and rated themselves on a scale of 0-10 for each of the categories. This then helped them figure out what their goal will be based on this information. They continued engaging in active group discussion on these interesting topics for the rest of this event.

https://nsunews.nova.edu/e-steam-project-for-girls/

AAUW-NSU PACE Visit on November 1, 2018

Students from the PACE Center for Girls visited NSU for their first session of the “E-STEAM  Project for Girls”.  This experiential learning initiative is dedicated to encouraging girls to pursue higher education and STEAM careers by way of mentorship, interactive activities, and academic success workshops.

The PACE students started their day by visiting the Horvitz Welcome Center. Rose Llanos-Almeida provided an admissions presentation where the girls learned about NSU’s undergraduate colleges and general admissions processes. A student admissions ambassador lead a walking tour of the university and then the PACE students visited the student union for SEA Board Thursdays. Following lunch in the Flight Deck with undergraduate student mentors, they joined an honor’s class on Epidemics lead by Dr. Julie Torruellas Garcia. The PACE students joined in a lively discussion on cholera outbreaks around the world.

2018 Mentoring Conference

Rose Llanos attended the mentoring conference to present our poster The E-STEAM (Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Project for Girls Mentoring Program on October 24, 2018. Funding was provided by our E-STEAM Project for Girls 2017-2018 AAUW Community Action Grant.

https://nsunews.nova.edu/nsu-american-association-of-university-woman-branch-publishes-esteam-project/

Our paper is forthcoming:

Llanos-Almeida, R., McDermott, M., Sims, R., Scanlon, M., Hicks, S., Ballester, M., Shuster, T., Lopez-Moreno, K., Dore, M., Anderson, R., Fabius, S., & Torruellas Garcia, J. (2018). The E-STEAM (Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Project for Girls Mentoring Program. 11th annual mentoring conference proceedings: Mentoring, coaching, and leadership for innovation and entrepreneurship (11th ed.): [Special Issue 11]. The Chronicle of Mentoring and Coaching, 1(11).

Abstract

The Nova Southeastern University Branch of the American Association of University Women (NSU AAUW) developed the E-STEAM Project for Girls – an initiative to attract at risk 12-17-year-old girls to STEAM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math). Through a partnership between NSU AAUW and the Alvin Sherman Library, the university’s joint use community library, participants have had the unique experience of working with a diverse population of University faculty, staff and college-aged mentors while engaging in innovative, STEAM-related learning experiences at Nova Southeastern University. The program includes four, half-day field trips to NSU’s campus per semester to tour the campus, attend college classes and participate in interactive activities related to STEAM. Participants reflected on their experience by giving a presentation at the end of the program. To measure the impact of the program, the mentees completed pre- and post-surveys to evaluate their likelihood of going to college and pursuing a STEAM career. The results indicated that at the completion of the program, students developed a better sense of their interests and disinterests in STEAM fields. Overall, the program has been a success and can serve as a model for other institutions.

Employee Health Fair on October 24, 2018

We made great strides at the Employee Health and Wellness Fair. Missy and Maureen did an exceptional job at our table. They introduced NSU employees to our professional organization, discussed important issues such as gender inequality in the workplace, and talked about upcoming events while distributing brochures and pamphlets. Many participants at this event expressed interest in learning more and voiced their approval for equal pay for equal work. Sixty email addresses were provided so these employees could be on the email list for the AAUW chapter at NSU. We are likely to have increased membership after this engaging annual event.

NSU AAUW Hosts Fall Membership Social on September, 12, 2018

https://nsunews.nova.edu/nsu-aauw-hosts-fall-membership-social-sept-12/

We set our first meeting of the academic year as a membership social. We displayed information about membership, our E-STEAM program and conference paper, March 2018 International Women’s Day Colloquium, and Pay Equity Day from August 2018. The student chapter hosted a table and Razor’s Career Closet accepted clothing donations.

We met Sharon Edea, an NSU doctoral student in the department of Conflict Resolution Studies who has received an International Fellowship from AAUW.  Sharon is from South Sudan, and her area of study is in global conflicts. She intends to study women participation at higher levels of the humanitarian peace building process in East Africa, particularly in the South Sudan peace processes. Read more about Sharon Edea and AAUW’s fellowship process: https://www.aauw.org/aauw_check/fellowships_directory/#rid4588

Huizenga College Passport to Success on August 23, 2018

 

On August 23, 2018 AAUW-NSU hosted a table at the Huizenga College Passport to Success welcoming event. It was perfect timing as August is Black Women Pay Equity Day. We discussed pay inequity for women and minorities and distributed tips for salary negotiation. Over fifty students, staff, and faculty spun the pay inequity wheel and most were quite disappointed in the inequity of a poor spin. Contact information was collected for those interested in learning more about AAUW-NSU.

The Nova Southeastern University branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW-NSU) has been active on campus since 2008.

NSU Welcomes AAUW International Fellowship Recipient in Fall 2018

Fall 2018, NSU welcomed AAUW Fellowship Recipient Sharon Lelega from Sudan into the conflict analysis and resolution doctoral program. Sharon intends to focus on women’s participation in the peace process. This will be achieved by conducting a series of consultative meetings with various stakeholders in order to understand the policies related to women’s empowerment and their participation in the peace process.

AAUW fellowship funding helps women manage the growing burden of student debt, an issue that disproportionately affects women. Unique to AAUW’s program, funding may also be used to pay for expenses outside of those traditionally associated with academic study, including childcare and transportation — necessities that can help recipients’ continue, return to, and successfully complete graduate programs. AAUW prides itself on providing fellowships and grants for women returning to either extend or complete their academic goals.

https://www.aauw.org/aauw_check/fellowships_directory/#rid4588

https://nsunews.nova.edu/nsu-welcomes-aauw-international-fellowship-recipient/

https://nsunews.nova.edu/nova-southeastern-university-student-awarded-aauw-fellowships-and-grants/

Community Action Grant 2017-2018

NSU Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Awarded an AAUW Community Action Grant

The Nova Southeastern University branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the recipient of a 2017-18 AAUW Community Action Grant. The grant, spearheaded by AAUW-NSU members Julie Torruellas Garcia, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the Halmos College of Natural Science and Oceanography and Sheila Fabius, M.P.A., Director of Undergraduate Student Success at the College of Undergraduate Studies, is a prestigious and highly competitive award, which funds innovative programs that promote education and equality for women and girls. The program targeted by the grant is the PACE Center for Girls, a delinquency prevention/intervention program for young and adolescent girls in Broward County, Florida. NSU’s AAUW student and professional chapters both engage in activities that include campus visits, class visitation, science demonstrations, art projects, and a tour of NSU’s Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center.

Read the article here!

Summary of Events 2017-2018

Students from the PACE Center for Girls visited NSU for their third session of the “E-STEAM  Project for Girls”.  This experiential learning initiative is dedicated to encouraging girls to pursue higher education and STEAM careers by way of mentorship, interactive activities, and academic success workshops.

The girls started their day by attending a forensics lab with Dr. Julie Garcia and Dr. Maria Ballester where they learned how to analyze blood, hair samples, and fingerprints. Students then moved to the art lab where Dr. Tennille Shuster introduced each step in the silk screening process.  In a hands-on activity, students completed the silk screening process on t-shirts, paper, and book bags. During lunch, students joined the Green Sharks for a Sustainability 101 presentation by Caiti Pomerance from Debris Free Oceans.  After lunch, students visited the interactive traveling exhibition Thinking Money: A Financial Expedition in the Alvin Sherman Library. “Through an adventure-themed storyline, interactive iPad content and other fun activities, Thinking Money explores themes like wants vs. needs, preparing for a rainy/sunny day, imagining your future self and avoiding financial fraud.” Director of Library Services Nora Quinlan lead the tour and answered dozens of questions. Undergraduate student members of AAUW provided mentorship throughout the day.

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The NSU Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) sponsored a lunch-time International Women’s Day Colloquium on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 in the Carl DeSantis Atrium. International Women’s Day 2018 was themed Press for Progress and nearly 80 students, staff, faculty, and administration attended this event. Student organizations from across campus displayed their research posters to highlight awareness of gender equity issues in their respective fields.

Two distinguished speakers gave brief remarks in support of IWD. Ms. Linda Buccilli, CLTC, Financial Advisor at Northwestern Mutual and Founding Member of the HCBE Women’s Success Series. Ms. Buccilli spoke about the importance of doing your best, staying the course, being fully present each day, and always maintaining integrity and honesty in personal and business relationships. She emphasized her care in being a good role model, especially with her children. Her work life has been focused on competing successfully among financial entities and adherence to strict ethical standards.

The second speaker, Dr. Farzanna Haffizulla, is the Assistant Dean for Community and Global Health at the NSU Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine, and a globally-recognized health awareness advocate. She spoke about the need to create and preserve balance among competing responsibilities and interests in one’s life and health. Her leadership style is optimistic, dynamic and emphasizes forward progress; it is grounded in concern for gender equity but envisions uplift to family and promotes strong, caring relationships among all. Both speakers received certificates in gratitude of their participation and remained behind to speak with attendees and answer questions.

AAUW-NSU wishes to thank the Office of Residential Life and Housing, SGA, and The Women’s Success Series for partial funding of the event.  IWDsummary

https://nsunews.nova.edu/international-womens-day-colloquium-2018-was-a-huge-success/

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AAUW-NSU PACE Visit March 13, 2018

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Students from the PACE Center for Girls visited NSU for their second session of the “E-STEAM  Project for Girls”. This experiential learning initiative is dedicated to encouraging girls to pursue higher education and STEAM careers by way of mentorship, interactive activities, and academic success workshops.

The girls started their day with a library scavenger hunt, learning about the resources of the Alvin Sherman Library. Librarian Sarena Hicks followed up with a session on the use of the library. Next the girls joined Dr. Tennille Shuster’s Graphic Design class. Undergraduate students in the class paired with the Pace girls to help them create personalized artwork which the girls will include in their PowerPoint files.   After lunch in the UC with undergraduate students, faculty member Steven Kramer, Ph.D. led a session on A Colorful Look at Sampling where the PACE students learned about sampling using mini bags of M&M candies. Using an Excel spreadsheet and formulas, they entered their findings into  their Power Point files. Undergraduate student members of AAUW provided mentorship throughout the day.

The Nova Southeastern University branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW-NSU) has been collaborating with the Alvin Sherman Library and Broward’s PACE Center for Girls since 2008. Funding has been provided by a 2017-18 AAUW Community Action Grant. This is a prestigious and highly competitive award, which funds innovative programs that promote education and equality for women and girls.

 

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AAUW-NSU PACE Visit February 8, 2018

Students from the PACE Center for Girls visited NSU for their first session of the “E-STEAM  Project for Girls”. This experiential learning initiative is dedicated to encouraging girls to pursue higher education and STEAM careers by way of mentorship, interactive activities, and academic success workshops.

Undergraduate student members of AAUW lead icebreakers, a tour of the campus, and provided mentorship throughout the day. A goal setting workshop was led by AAUW-NSU faculty member Maureen McDermott, Ed.D. The PACE students personalized their journals and added reflections of the experiences from their day at NSU.  After lunch in the UC, OIIT Instructional Designers Kerrian Gordon, M.S. and Mary Young, B.A. led a workshop on Power Point. Each student was provided a thumb drive and a Power Point template and learned how to personalize the reporting of their E-STEAM experiences.

The Nova Southeastern University branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW-NSU) has been collaborating with the Alvin Sherman Library and Broward’s PACE Center for Girls since 2008. Funding has been provided by a 2017-18 AAUW Community Action Grant. This is a prestigious and highly competitive award, which funds innovative programs that promote education and equality for women and girls.

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AAUW-NSU PACE Visit December 6, 2017

Students from the PACE Center for Girls visited NSU for their fourth and final session of the “E-STEAM  Project for Girls”. This experiential learning initiative is dedicated to encouraging girls to pursue higher education and STEAM careers by way of mentorship, interactive activities, and academic success workshops.

The PACE students started their day with Drs. Tennille Shuster and Kandy Lopez who introduced  design software used for graphic art and silkscreen printing. Students were able to create their own designs and print them on paper. The class then moved to the art lab where each step in the silk screening process was demonstrated.  In a hands-on activity, students completed the silk screening process on t-shirts, paper, and book bags.

Lunch included PowerPoint presentations by each student who shared with the audience what they learned while attending the E-STEAM Project.  Of the twelve PACE students enrolled for Fall 2017, ten successfully completed at least two of the four sessions and were awarded certificates of completion.  NSU-AAUW undergraduate student members provided mentorship throughout the day.

The Nova Southeastern University branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW-NSU) has been collaborating with the Alvin Sherman Library and Broward’s PACE Center for Girls since 2008. Funding has been provided by a 2017-18 AAUW Community Action Grant. This is a prestigious and highly competitive award, which funds innovative programs that promote education and equality for women and girls.

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AAUW-NSU PACE Visit November 16, 2017

Ten students from the PACE Center for Girls visited NSU for their third session of the “E-STEAM (Exploring – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) Project for Girls”. This experiential learning initiative is dedicated to encouraging girls to pursue higher education and STEAM careers by way of mentorship, interactive activities, and academic success workshops.

The PACE students started their day with an introduction to library resources presented by Librarian Sarena Hicks. Some of the students submitted their completed library card application and went home with new library cards.  Next the students attended a forensics lab with Drs. Julie Garcia and Maria Ballester where they learned how to analyze blood, hair samples, and fingerprints.

During lunch, a special guest speaker, Banana Wave founder Neter Alkebulan shared his entrepreneurial success story and answered questions from the students.  After lunch, OIIT Instructional Designers Kerrian Gordon, M.S. and Mary Young, B.A. continued their workshop on Power Point. Each student was provided a thumb drive and a Power Point template and learned how to personalize the reporting of their E-STEAM experiences. NSU-AAUW undergraduate student members provided mentorship throughout the day.

The Nova Southeastern University branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW-NSU) has been collaborating with the Alvin Sherman Library and Broward’s PACE Center for Girls since 2008. Funding has been provided by a 2017-18 AAUW Community Action Grant. This is a prestigious and highly competitive award, which funds innovative programs that promote education and equality for women and girls.

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AAUW-NSU Student Chapter Tabeling, November 9, 2017 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

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E-STEAM Program, October 29, 2017

Eleven students from the PACE Center for Girls visited NSU for their second session of the “E-STEAM (Exploring – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) Project for Girls”. This experiential learning initiative is dedicated to encouraging girls to pursue higher education and STEAM careers by way of mentorship, interactive activities, and academic success workshops.

The PACE students started their day by attending an Introduction to Athletic Training course taught by Associate Professor Pradeep Vanguri, Ph.D., ATC.  During the class, the PACE students joined discussion groups with NSU students to create an educational pamphlet about HIV and Hepatitis. Faculty members Molly Scanlon, Ph.D. and Maureen McDermott, Ed.D., continued their workshop in which the students formulated short term and long term goals for academics, career exploration, and health/wellness in their personalized journals. After lunch, OIIT Instructional Designers Kerrian Gordon, M.S. and Mary Young, B.A. led a workshop on Power Point. Each student was provided a thumb drive and a Power Point template and learned how to personalize the reporting of their E-STEAM experiences. NSU-AAUW undergraduate student members provided mentorship throughout the day.

https://nsunews.nova.edu/nsu-branch-of-aauw-welcomes-pace-students-for-second-session-of-e-steam/

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Our tabeling event at the Employee Health and Wellness Fair was a huge success. Thanks to Brooke and Missy for staffing our table. We distributed membership information, shared Halloween safety tips for women, and discussed our work with the PACE students and the upcoming Latina Equity Pay Day. We collected over 60 email addresses from those interested in learning more about our AAUW-NSU chapter.

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Shark Employee Fest
October 20, 2017

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AAUW-NSU PACE Visit September 28, 2017

On September 28th, 2017 eight students from the PACE Center for Girls started their “E-STEAM (Exploring – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) Project for Girls”. This experiential learning initiative is dedicated to encouraging girls to pursue higher education and STEAM careers by way of mentorship, interactive activities, and academic success workshops.

The theme for the first visit was “Make today the day to learn something new”. Undergraduate student members of AAUW lead icebreakers and a tour of the campus. Halmos College M.S. in Marine Science graduate student Sarah Gumbleton presented a hands on activity about sea birds. Handling the bird bones and claws was both fun and a good learning activity.  A goal setting workshop was led by AAUW-NSU faculty members Molly Scanlon, Ph.D. and Maureen McDermott, Ed.D. The PACE students created vision boards on the covers of their journals and added reflections of the experiences from their day at NSU.

The Nova Southeastern University branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW-NSU) has been collaborating with the Alvin Sherman Library and Broward’s PACE Center for Girls since 2008. Funding has been provided by a 2017-18 AAUW Community Action Grant. This is a prestigious and highly competitive award, which funds innovative programs that promote education and equality for women and girls.

https://nsunews.nova.edu/american-association-of-university-women-nsu-and-halmos-team-up-to-build-pace-e-steam/


 

Equal Pay Day
April 4, 2017, 11:30am-1:30pm

April 4 is the day in 2017 that symbolizes how long into the new year the average American Woman must work to earn the salary not received in 2016 because of unequal wages.

The NSU Branch of the American Association of University Women will be tabling in the University Center for Equal Pay Day, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 11:30am to 1:30pm. During this event, students will engage in an interactive display of wage inequity, receive random salary offers based on statistical estimates, and take away helpful hints for reducing pay inequities.

https://nsunews.nova.edu/equal-pay-day-april-4/


 

International Women’s Day
March 22, 2017, 12-1pm

The NSU Branch of the American Association of University Women hosted an International Women’s Day Colloquium in the Carl DeSantis Atrium, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, noon to 1:00pm.

 The theme for 2017 was Be Bold For Change. Our Keynote speaker was Li Cohen, Communication Studies Major. Cohen presented Bold is Beautiful. Research posters on a variety of topics related to the theme were displayed by student groups from across the campus. This was an open event for the entire NSU community with over 70 attendees.  A light lunch was provided.

https://nsunews.nova.edu/international-womens-day-colloquium/

Contact Randi Sims for more information: sims@nova.edu


College Brides Walk (in cooperation with more than 8 area colleges)
Friday, February 17

Where: Barry University
11300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami Shores, FL 33161

The Nova Southeastern Chapters of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Delta Kappa Omicron (DKO) have partnered with Barry University to support to 7th Annual College Brides Walk. The purpose of the walk is to raise awareness about issues of dating and domestic violence. The walk will take place Friday, February 17th, 2017 starting at Barry University and ending at Johnson & Wales.

  • Check-in starts at 9am to 9:50am and the opening ceremony begins at 10am in the Broad Auditorium.
  • Faculty, students, and volunteers will sign a waiver and receive wristbands for lunch at Johnson & Wales.
  • Members of AAUW and DKO will meet outside of Broad Auditorium at 9:30am.
  • If you are affiliated with NSU and would like to join the group in walking, please RSVP to dko@nova.edu by February 12th, 2017.
  • Traditionally, walkers have worn bridal gowns; however, you may wear anything you feel comfortable in.
  • Please wear an NSU shirt if you have it.
  • See attached flyer for day of event details or go to the official website http://www.collegebrideswalk.com/.

Parking is available in the commuter lot on Barry University campus:

  • http://www.barry.edu/about/locations/
  • On the campus map, P3 is the commuter lot and the shuttle runs from there to Broad Auditorium where the opening ceremony will be (number 4 on the campus map).

PACE Girls Visit NSU’s Oceanographic Center
Friday, February 3; 9:00am – 1:00pm

Where: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Contact Julie Torruellas-Garcia for more information: jg1511@nova.edu


Voters’ Registration Drive
October 4, 2016 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
The Broward County Supervisor of Elections Mobile Registration RV will be parked in the library drop-off circle on the main campus


Goal Setting Workshop
October 18, 2016 Noon-1:00 p.m.
Where:  Rosenthal Building, #200