Bridging the Cultural Gap – Feb 23

Bridging the Gap: Celebrating Sisterhood

Thursday, February 23 

All women are invited to attend an evening discussion about current women’s issues and explore ways to work together across cultures. This event is co-sponsored by local chapters of Women in the NAACP (WIN), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Mu Omega Chapter, Kansas City Missouri Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and League of Women Voters, Kansas City, Jackson, Clay and Platte Counties.

6:00 p.m. Get Acquainted / Refreshments

6:30 Program

6:45 Break-Out Groups

7:30-8:30 Findings

Community Christian Church / Centennial Hall (601 Main St., Kansas City, MO) Use entrance on south side of the church. Free parking in the mult-level garage south of church. For handicap access, park and enter on north side of church and use elevator to lower level.

RSVP requested to bridgingthegapcelebratingsisterhood.eventbrite.com

Panel Discussion at the National Archives – Mar 14

Join us Tuesday, March 14 from 6–8 p.m. at the National Archives at Kansas City, 400 W. Pershing Road (just west of Union Station) in honor of Women’s History Month for a light reception followed by a panel discussion at 6:30 titled, “Girls, Women, and International Education”.  A Q&A session will conclude the evening.

The panelists and topics will include:

Kimberly Connelly Holland, M.A.T., Senior International Officer; Office of International Programs, University of Kansas Medical Center.  How are girls and women educated abroad?

Tom Patterson, Ph.D., Director, International Education, Johnson County Community College. Benefits and outcomes of gender parity and the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Angela Markley-Peterson, Director of Global Education and Study Abroad, Park University-Parkville Campus.  American girls and women study abroad — Overview of inbound and outbound international students.

This is a free event presented in partnership with the National Archives. Reservations are requested for this event by calling 816-268-8010 or emailing kansascity.educate@nara.gov.

Reentry Woman of the Year Awards Brunch – Apr 22

You’re invited to attend the 2017 Reentry Woman of the Year Awards Brunch on Saturday, April 22 at Unity Village Dining Hall, 9:30 a.m.–12 noon  (1901 NW Blue Pkwy., Unity Village, MO 64065). This annual event is hosted by AAUW-KC and presented by the InterBranch Council (IBC). It awards scholarships to women who best exemplify the courage, effort and perseverance to return to the classroom after an absence of five or more years. Come and hear their inspiring stories!

The cost is $20. For reservations, mail check (payable to AAUW-KC) by April 11 to: Stephanie Holthaus, 4433 Harrison St., Kansas City, MO 64110. Donations for award recipients’ brunch costs and Reentry scholarships are welcome! For more information, please contact Stephanie at 816-309-8021 or stephanieholthaus2@gmail.com.

100 High School Girls Review

Since 1931, the AAUW-KC branch has awarded 100 outstanding high school girls from Kansas City public schools annually at a ceremony. Currently, three out of the 100 girls are awarded a $1,000 college scholarship.

In reviewing the last few years of the 100 High School Girls program, the committee discovered fewer scholarship application submissions (less than 60% of the girls nominated submit applications and essays); lower ceremony attendance (approximately 30% of the 100 girls attend); and added costs to hold the ceremony (i.e. venue rental, roses and awards for the girls, table cloths, decorations, napkins and plates for refreshments.)

Due to these findings, this year we have elected to present the 100 High School Girls scholarships/awards to the girls at their schools instead of holding a ceremony. We will also be putting the cost of the ceremony to better use by providing $200–$250 book awards for two additional girls.