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

April Meeting    

 Author Shirley Skufca Hickman Discusses 

“Fall in Love with an Orange Tree or a Book”

                                        Monday, April 13th, 7:00 pm

                          First Presbyterian Church, San Luis Obispo

We have a very special program planned for our April 13 meeting. Shirley Skufca Hickman is the author of “Fall in Love with an Orange Tree or a Book,” a novel based on her many years of teaching Latino students in Porterville, California.

Fall in Love with an Orange Tree or a Book explores the shadow world in which young illegal immigrants from Mexico are forced to live and the struggles they endure to survive.

The San Luis Obispo branch was organized in 1943 and has been a vital part of the community for over 65 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.  We also recently collected school supplies for children in Afghanistan.

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:  math and science camp for middle school girls-
    • Adopt-a-Poll (staffing a voting site during elections)
    • Mother-Daughter Choices program for young girls
    • A Cuesta College scholarship for a re-entry woman student. While our funds for this scholarship are currently committed for next year, we expect to take new applications beginning in February 2015.
    • College scholarships for San Luis Obispo High School girls
    • 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)

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 bridge, two book clubs, play reading, dining in, and dining out.  Please join us!