Banner attendance of nearly 100 attendees marked the success of the 2013 AAUW Connecticut College/University Partnership Conference held on October 18th at Central Connecticut State University. Dr. Kim Pereira, Coordinator of the event and Co-chair of AAUW CT C/U Relations, credits CCSU and the Committee for their hard work and coordination. She thanks Dr. Laura Tordenti, VP for Student Affairs at Central Connecticut State University for her generosity and Kathy Poirier and Jacqueline Cobbina-Boivin for their efforts. AAUW CT Co-presidents Alice Reitz and Donna Haghighat conducted a Branch Leadership program immediately prior to the conference, ensuring participation of branch representatives. Mary Ann Kistner, Branch Liaison and Steering Committee member, kept track of registrations for all attendees.
The annual event is designed to bring together College/University Partners with Branch Reps, students, Steering Committee members and invited guests. The program included informative sessions of interest to the audience. Dr. Pereira assisted by Andrea Thomas, Yhara Zelinka and Donna Haghighat assembled an impressive offering of sessions highlighted by featured speaker Dr. Catherine Hill, Director of Research at AAUW. Hill’s presentation, “Graduating to a Pay Gap”, is a topic of great interest, not only to students, but also to the audience at large, since it is a serious area of national concern. A panel discussion tackling “Perspectives on Working for Equal Pay”, presented various aspects of this issue and included statistics and strategies women can use to challenge the inequity. Another panel comprised of alumnae from the National Conference of College Women Student Leaders recounted their experiences at the event at University of Maryland, College Park. The student panel of NCCWSL attendees was very well received.
Breakout sessions aimed at the various constituencies completed the program.
We were also delighted to welcome Christine Hernandez, College/University Relations from AAUW. We appreciate her continuing support and assistance.
Our own Dr. Carol Virostek, National Chair for CU Relations and member of the AAUW CT C/U Steering Committee noted that program evaluation results were very positive.
Submitted by Melinda J. Rising, PhD. Co-chair, AAUW CT C/U relations