Welcome to the San Luis Obispo (CA) Branch of AAUW!

February Branch Meeting

 To Honor Black History Month, AAUW Presents a Discussion of the Book:   Teaching Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl in the 21st century presented by Dr. Maya Hislop

Saturday, February 17th, 11:00 am

Library Community Center

Dr. Maya Hislop will talk about how she first came into contact with Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and the impact that it had on her and has continued to have on her since then.  She will also touch on her experience teaching Incidents in a few different classes, as well as how Incidents has inspired her as a person, a teacher, an as an activist.  Finally, she will provide a preview of her soon-to-be-released book, Bodies in the Middle:  Black women, Sexual Violence, and Complex Imaginings of Justice.

Dr. Maya Hislop (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor of English at Cal Poly.  She earned her B.A. in English from Williams College and her PH.D in English from the University of Virginia.  Her research and teaching interests examine African American Literature in the 20th and 21st century, Gender studies and sexual violence/misogynoir, and Media studies, race, gender, and class.  Her forthcoming book, Bodies in the Middle:  Black Women Sexual Violence and Complex Imaginings of Justice, will be published in 2025 by the University of South Carolina Press.  In her spare time she enjoys long walks in nature, going to the movies, and trying new dinner spots in the area.

Our AAUW Branch has been a part of the community for over 75 years.

The branch was instrumental in the creation of Mission Plaza and the Art Center of San Luis Obispo.  We also initiated Art Park, a summer arts program for children, and were founding members of the SLO County Women’s Legacy Fund.  We continue to sponsor candidates’ and issue forums.

Today the branch consists of more than 60 women from varied backgrounds who promote the Association’s goals.

Our current community actions include:

    • Tech Trek:  is a math and science camp for middle school girls
    • Adopt-a-Poll: staffing a voting site during elections
    • San Luis Obispo High School Scholarships: our branch raises money to provide scholarships for college-bound high school girls.
    • Scholarship & Loan Committee: was created to assist re-entry students at Cuesta College. The Committee is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
    • Support for the Educational Foundation: Provides fellowships and grants to women for graduate study and community action
    • Support for Legal Advocacy Fund: Provides support for women seeking judicial redress for sex discrimination in academia and the workplace
    • Friends of the Library/AAUW In-School Reading Program: Volunteers read with children in a classroom setting to provide literacy experiences that encourage, support, and celebrate children’s efforts to learn to read.

Branch meetings are generally held once a month on either Monday evening or Saturday during the day at various locations around town. These monthly programs provide opportunities for members to discuss and learn about critical issues affecting women and the community.  For more details on upcoming programs please see the programs page. All meetings are open to the public. If you would like to talk to a branch representative before attending a meeting, please feel free to contact us.

We also have a variety of special interest groups you may enjoy.  These include two bridge groups, two book clubs, craft group, hiking, and dining out.  Please join us!

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