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Now more than ever, AAUW needs strength in numbers. With approximately 170,000 members and supporters, 1,000 branches, and almost 800 college and university partner members, AAUW uses its powerful voice on critical issues affecting women and girls.

Join in the commitment to speak out on STEM education, funding for public education, global issues such as human trafficking, salary negotiation, advocacy for Title IX, and civil rights.

Membership in AAUW State College means you belong to a group of over 100 active community women. Join a powerful personal and professional network of people who value education and equity and believe in taking action.

MEMBERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Women who hold an associate or equivalent (RN), baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university are eligible to join AAUW.

Annual Membership – State College Branch membership also includes membership in the national AAUW organization and AAUW Pennsylvania (July 1 to June 30). The annual fee is $77, divided as follows: $59 to AAUW, $10 to AAUW Pennsylvania, and $8 to AAUW State College. Special rates apply to different groups during discount periods, such as half-price dues for persons joining after January 1 through June 30.

Student Membership – If you’re a student, there are two ways that you can join:

National AAUW Member – AAUW College/University Partner Members – If you are a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate enrolled in full-time or part-time programs at a college or university that is an organizational member, you may join at no cost with automatic renewal through graduation. Students wishing to also join AAUW State College may opt to pay $4 in annual branch dues.

National AAUW Member – Non-AAUW College/University Partner Members – If you are a degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate enrolled in full-time or part-time programs of a college or university that is not an organizational member, you may join at the cost of $18.81 annually.  Students wishing to also join AAUW State College may opt to pay $4 in annual branch dues.

Life Membership – Life membership in national AAUW is $1,180. A member who has paid national AAUW dues for 50 years is considered a 50-year Honorary Life Member and is exempt from additional national dues. Life members continue to pay AAUW Pennsylvania and AAUW State College dues of $18 annually.

MEMBERSHIP MATTERS

Be a part of a group that champions gender-fair education, civil rights, legislative action in support of equity, and so much more!

Benefits:

  •  Experience membership in a community committed to a shared cause
  • Participate in leadership development
  • Offer educational opportunities to the community at large
  • Discover relevant news and foundation research
  • Engage in a variety of public forums
  • Connect with higher education
  • Impact initiatives in local, national, and international equity

Membership in AAUW State College includes membership in national AAUW and AAUW Pennsylvania.   

From the national organization, members become members of the Action Network where briefs alert members to congressional actions and provide an opportunity for input. 

Members receive The Keystoner, a quarterly newsletter from AAUW Pennsylvania that details issues and branch activities around the state.

Membership in AAUW State College includes regular communication through bi-monthly newsletters as well as opportunities to volunteer at AAUW State College-sponsored STEM activities and participate in programs that reflect the AAUW mission in our local community.

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Making the most of membership:

STEM Committee

Volunteer to be a part of VOICES, a conference held annually (typically in February) at Penn State, in partnership with AAUW State College. Members of GWIS (Graduate Women in Science) host a day of networking, keynote speakers, and relevant sessions for women. While the conference is attended primarily by graduate students and young professionals, high school students also are invited to attend. Your volunteer commitment can be either for a partial or a whole day. 2-8 hours

Volunteer at the State College Area School District CSI programs for middle-school girls after school in February. SCI is held at the SCSD high school. Your volunteer commitment can be for one or all sessions. 2-8 hours total

Volunteer to be a helping hand in Discovery Space’s summer camps, especially the weeks that are themed for females. Your volunteer commitment can be for one activity for one day or for one week. 2-25 hours total

Diversity Committee

Volunteer to plan and host (as part of a small committee) an international potluck or a potluck on a specific current event/hot, new topic. Your volunteer commitment: Planning 2.5 hours, Setup/Hosting/Cleanup 3.5 hours

Book Workshop/Sale

Volunteer at our Used Book Workshop in Boalsburg (176 Technology Drive) during workshop hours, June – March.  Your volunteer commitment is flexible, as are the hours.

Volunteer for our next annual Used Book Sale as a greeter, stocker, or cashier. Help also is needed with publicity leading up to the sale. Your volunteer commitment: Flexible shifts available

Communications & Membership Committees

Work with one or two seasoned AAUW members to host a new kind of networking/mingling event for the branch members. Your volunteer commitment varies: Planning 2.5 hours, Setup/Hosting/Cleanup 3.5 hours

Social Media – Agree to post something relevant to women (this day in history, current events, research) each Wednesday on Facebook. Commitment: 15-60 minutes per month

Share AAUW’s public events with specific groups that you are connected to – such as Rotary, Kiwanis, book club, gym, and other community groups. Your volunteer commitment: 15 minutes per event.