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Glendale Branch Meeting

The AAUW Glendale Branch meeting will be held as Zoom conference on June 12 , 2021. It will commence at 10 AM. . if you would like to receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting, you may contact Marilyn  “Susie” Robinson at Marilyn_Robinson@hotmail.com and provide your name and email address.  The conference administrator will send you the Zoom link.  Please contact Susie by Wednesday, June 8, 2021, to receive the link.

Speaker Jorja Leap, Ph.D., M.S.W.
My Journey Working at Homeboy Industries
Today, Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention and re-entry program in the world. However, that achievement is best understood through a story that includes patience, devotion, frustration and…outcomes! I will talk about the mission and the concepts that guide this innovative organization. I will also reveal what it’s like to conduct research designed to show IF Homeboy is truly effective. Once that effectiveness can be proven, what does this teach elected officials, activists, communities, and most significantly, those in despair about what needs to be done to help them heal and help our society grow?


The AAUW Glendale Branch meeting will be held as a Zoom conference on May 8 , 2021. It will commence at 10 AM. If you would like to receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting, you may contact Marilyn “Susie” Robinson at Marilyn_Robinson@hotmail.com and provide your name and email address. The conference administrator will send you the Zoom link.

Please contact Susie by Wednesday, May 5, 2021, to receive the link.

Speaker Gina Orozco
A STEM Career – My Journey and its Benefits Careers in the STEM fields are in high demand, diverse, and offer a wide array of opportunities. Gina will share her experience as an Engineer for over 30 years. Her talk will include her journey from an immigrant teenager to achieving her goal of becoming an engineer and her ascent to the executive level. She will also discuss opportunities in the STEM fields, the benefits of pursuing a career in this field, and guidance on steps to accomplish your objectives.

Biographical Information
Gina Orozco is vice president, gas engineering and system integrity for Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Sempra Energy’s regulated California utilities. Orozco oversees gas engineering and system integrity and has responsibility for engineering support, programs, operations training, asset management, research and development, geographic information systems, and operations technology functions.


The AAUW Glendale Branch meeting will be held as a Zoom conference on Saturday April 10, 2021. It will commence at 10 AM. If you would like to receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting, you may contact Marilyn “Susie” Robinson at Marilyn_Robinson@hotmail.com and provide your name and email address.  The conference administrator will send you the Zoom link.  Please contact Susie by Wednesday, April 8, 2021, to receive the link.

Speaker Susan Hallgren
The Secret Lives of the Native Trees of Descanso

In our AAUW book groups, we read THE HIDDEN LIFE OF TREES by Peter Wohlleben, a best seller. From this book, both groups learned that trees have their language, forest etiquette, climate control, sense of time, and communication through what scientists call the “Wood Wide Web.” During the evening book group, Susan shared some information about the Descanso native trees. In her talk she will lead a virtual tour using PowerPoint of the native trees of California found in Descanso, discussing their secrets in surviving our California climate. Join us for this fascinating talk about their secrets and how we can take care of these beloved trees.


The AAUW Glendale Branch meeting will be held as Zoom conference on March 13, 2021. It will commence at 10 AM. If you would like to receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting, you may contact Marilyn “Susie” Robinson at Marilyn_Robinson@hotmail.com and provide your name and email address.  The conference administrator will send you the Zoom link.  Please contact Susie by Wednesday, March 10, 2021, to receive the link.

Saturday March 13, 2021 10:00 AM on Zoom
Speaker Connie Corley, MSW, MA, Ph.D.
PANDEMIC JOURNEY: NAVIGATING GRIEF AND GRACE

Marking the culmination of a year of pandemic life, Dr. Corley shares pearls of wisdom along the path. Using cross-cultural metaphors of epic journeys, and her own research on resilience, finding grace amidst a time of grief and loss is explored. Strategies for reflection and action during this unprecedented time are discussed Biographical Information Connie Corley, MSW, MA, Ph.D., has a long history in the fields of gerontology/geriatrics as a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She leads the doctoral concentration in Creative Longevity and Wisdom in the School of Leadership Studies at Fielding Graduate University and is Professor Emeritus at California State University, Los Angeles. A Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and Academy of Gerontology in Higher Education, Dr. Corley has engaged in multiple programs as a mentor and leader in curriculum development. Recent work involves
creativity in later life (emerging out of a national study of Holocaust survivors) and intergenerational/intercultural mutual mentoring. She created a podcast LOVE GOES VIRAL to offer support during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond (www.lovegoesviral.org) and was co-host/producer of EXPERIENCE TALKS on Pacifica station KPFK-FM in Los Angeles for over a decade.


AAUW Glendale January Branch Meeting 

The AAUW Glendale Branch meeting will be held as a Zoom conference on January 9, 2021. It will commence at 10 AM. if you would like to receive an invitation to the Zoom meeting, you may contact Margaret “Susie” Robinson at Marilyn_Robinson@hotmail.com and provide your name and email address.  The conference administrator will send you the Zoom link.  Please contact Susie by Tuesday, January 5, 2021, to receive the link.

Date: Saturday January 9, 2021 10 AM on Zoom
Speaker :Andy Winnick, Professor Emeritus, Cal State LA
Topic : Voter Suppression

One can argue that there are at least three measures of a nation’s commitment to democracy that are demonstrated by the characteristics of its electoral system:

(1) Are citizens easily able to qualify to vote, that is, to register and become eligible to vote? Or, on the other hand, are there major barriers to citizens being declared eligible to vote?

(2) Do all registered voters actually have an opportunity to vote?

(3) Is there “one person-one vote,” that is, does every vote have the same weight? Or, is there significant disproportionality, that is, do some votes count much more than other?

Andy Winnick will examine these three questions. He will provide a brief overview of the foundation of the American electoral system starting with the Constitution and will move forward to the current situation. He will describe our current problems, outline possible solutions, and analyze why we face the current situation.

There will be ample time for discussion at the end of the presentation. Andy wants to make it clear that he understands that there are many other factors essential to the evaluation of the quality of democracy in a given nation (such as the extent of freedom of speech, of assembly, of the press, and of the freedom to petition for change) that he will not attempt to address in this talk.

His talk will draw upon material from a paper he recently wrote entitled: Voter Suppression, Disproportionality and the Failures of Democracy in America. Anyone wanting a copy of this paper is invited to email him at andy.winnick@gmail.com

Biographical Information

Andy Winnick joined Cal State LA in 1996 as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Economics and Statistics. He is now Emeritus. After working on the research staffs of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors in D.C. and of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, he began his academic career at U.C. Santa Barbara. He soon moved on to assume the role of Co-Director of the Institute for the Study of Social Problems at Antioch College in Ohio, where he worked for 12 years. He was then invited to become the Economics Department Chair at Central State University in Ohio, a Historically Black University. He worked there for 8 years until being invited to become the Director of the Heidelberg, Germany campus of Schiller International University. There he soon became the University Dean for Special Programs of these 10 campuses in 8 nations institutions. From there, he came to Cal State LA.

Andy considers himself a Political Economist, working at the interface of economics, political science, sociology, and history, and has taught courses in all of these areas. He has published two books, including The Changing Distributions of Income and Wealth in the U.S., written dozens of articles, and has lectured at universities and other settings across the U.S. and Europe. For three years, he served as a consultant to the Provost of Bethlehem University, the oldest institution of higher education in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and has written a book on the Israeli/Palestinian situation. For many years, he has been the President of The American Institute for Progressive Democracy, a social policy think-tank in Claremont, California.