Fall Forum was Stimulating, Successful

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More than 70 AAUW members, speakers and guests attended the 2017 Fall Forum in Prescott on Nov. 4.  The speakers shared information and challenged attendees in a variety of health-related areas.

Venay Uecke, a certified midwife with the Navajo Indian Health Service (INS), shared a generally discouraging look at the state of health care on the reservation, where tribal members must go if they are to receive subsidized care.  Attendees asked a multitude of questions after Ms. Uecke’s remarks, looking for possible ways in which AAUW could assist this population.  One of the most discussed was support for nursing education for women who are currently working for the INS.

Discussing campus safety and support for women who experience sexual harassment and assault, Chief Jerald Monahan of the Yavapai College Police Department, shared a passionate call for improvement in this area.  Chief Monahan has recently taken a new position with the End Violence Against Women International Organization which runs the Start by Believing campaign.  He is available to speak to individual branches across the state.  This dovetails with AAUW Arizona’s focus on Title IX this year.

Civil discourse was the topic of Raquel Goodrich’s talk.  Ms. Goodrich, the deputy director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, not only discussed the need for civil discourse but also shared specific ideas for appropriately engaging persons with whom we may disagree.  In a note from the Institute’s Revive Civility campaign, she suggested starting Thanksgiving celebration discussion with the question, “What are you most thankful for about living in America?”  She emphasized the need for discussion rather than confrontation.  Ms. Goodrich is also available to speak and run training for individual branches.

Two of this year’s NCCWSL participants provided a positive highlight for the day, sharing some of their experiences and takeaways from that event.  Uzma Tahir, Northern Arizona University, and Sara Campbell, Scottsdale Community College, left the attendees with the belief that our society would have excellent women leaders in the future.

A huge thank you goes to the Fall Forum Committee and to the host Prescott Branch.  Attendees left the Forum energized, informed and well fed!

Anyone looking for contact information on the speakers or with questions/suggestions for the AAUW Arizona board should contact Deb Dillon, copresident2@aauwarizona.org