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Out of One Many People


Diversity Event at DCC on Nov. 16 MORE>>


At this moment in time, we sense a heightened openness in our community – a strengthened commitment to build the diversity of our Branch, and support diverse populations in our immediate area and beyond. 

To this end, in 2017-18, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee will launch a drive to increase the number of diverse AAUW members.

We will also monitor and report on community programs and services with the greatest impact on diverse populations, including efforts to settle refugees, support achievement among women and girls (including fair pay).

We will also celebrate various cultures that add such vibrancy and interest to all of our lives. 

A cookbook with recipes reflecting our members' nationalities and ethnicities is under development as well.

Please join us - there is so much to do!

We have adopted the Adinka symbol of West Africa.  It is a symbol of diversity and unity. The Siamese crocodiles share one stomach, yet they fight over food. This symbol is a reminder that infighting and tribalism is harmful to all who engage in it.

Diversity and Inclusion Contact: 
Jacqueline Goffe-McNish  (471-7220)

Tentative Program Plans for 2017-18

Theme: Out of One Many People

Community activity:  Supplies for  the Girls Closet at Poughkeepsie High School


   Date      Location Title Speaker
November 16

Taconic Hall
Room 209

Inclusion and The Necessity of Belonging in the 21st Century


Nothando Daisy Bopela

March 23, 2018   Inclusion and the Pakistani Immigrant Seemi Ahmad
April 26, 2018   Inclusion and the Latina Immigrant Doris Diaz Kelly
June 28, 2018 DCC Hudson Hall, Room 408 Planning for 2018-19  


Diversity Presents Program to AAUW Membership

"Understanding Islam”


On November 10, 2016, Dr Nada Halloway lead us in a discussion of “Understanding Islam.”

After a presentation of the roots of Islam and addressing some of the questions most often asked as rights of women, dress and other outward signs of Islam, there were many interesting questions from the large group that attended.

Dr. Nada Halloway received her PhD in 2004 and an Advanced Certificate in Women’s Studies from Stony Brook, SUNY.  Her areas of specialization include Victorian literature, history, and politics, post-colonial literature and theory and feminist studies, and religion.  She currently teaches at Manhattanville College.

Dr. Nada Halloway & Jacqueline Goffe-McNish      Barbara Hugo & Sherre Wesley

Carol Barmann & Joanne Long adding to the            Peggy Kelland & Celia Serotsky
"pile" of personal items for Riverhaven


Packages of Personal Items for residents at Riverhaven

Diversity Initiative Visits African Burial Ground in NYC

On June 25, 2016, Sherre Wesley-Davis organized a trip for the Diversity Initiative to visit the African Burial Ground in NYC.  The site is the resting place for 419 enslaved Africans and a place of remembrance.  The people and their stories teach us how free and enslaved Africans contributed to the physical, cultural, and spiritual world of Lower Manhattan in colonial times – and to our nation’s beginning.

After our tour of the Visitor Center at 290 Broadway we then spent time at the African Burial Ground National Monument, dedicated on 2007.  Following this our guide led us through the Bowling Green area and pointed out the location of the slave market and other point of interest.  It was a great learning experience for young and old.

S.Wesley, M.Humphrey, M.Nijhuis, G.Higgins     Tour inside the Visitor's Center
at S.Anthony & E.Stanton Corner


Graves containing 419 enslaved Africans    African Burial Ground Nat'l Monument




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