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Posted on: January 20, 2021

[ARCHIVED] La Palma-Cerritos AAUW Works for Equity for Women and Girls in 2021

2021 Update

La Palma-Cerritos AAUW Works for Equity for Women and Girls in 2021

By Edna Ethington


Beverly Zwick, President of the AAUW La Palma-Cerritos Branch Beverly Zwick, President of the La Palma-Cerritos Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), said that she would like to wish everyone a “Happy and Healthy New Year!” After suffering through months of quarantine, illnesses, injuries, and personal losses, she, and branch members, pray that the New Year brings you nothing but “Sweet Memories.”  Members are looking forward to being able to meet in-person again in 2021.


Members of the La Palma-Cerritos Branch of the AAUW have not been able to hold in person meetings and fundraisers because of the health restrictions caused by the COVID-19 virus.  However, branch members continue to work to advance equity for women and girls by raising funds and promoting education, research, and legal advocacy. In 2020, the branch donated $1,000 for Fellowships and Grants for graduate women, $1,000 for Greatest Needs, and $500 for Legal Advocacy through National AAUW Fund. AAUW Fund Co- VP’s held two “Take- Out Dinner Fundraisers” at local restaurants in 2020. In January of 2021, they plan to ask for donations through a “Non-Event” called “Share Your COVID Savings with the AAUW Fund.” Rather than spend money for a luncheon, the AAUW Fund Co-VP’s hope that members will make donations directly for the AAUW Fund.


Program Co-VP Karen Cox invites interested people to join the La Palma-Cerritos AAUW Branch and participate in upcoming virtual Zoom meetings on the third Thursdays of each month. Persons interested in participating in the virtual Zoom meetings must register no later than one day before the meeting of the month by contacting Karen Cox at 562-519-0596. She will then give you the meeting I.D. number and the passcode. A brief business meeting will follow each presentation.


  • Thursday, January 21, 2021,Waiting Room open at 6:30 p.m. Presentation at 7:00 p.m. on “Racism” by Whitney High School’s Black Alumni, guest speakers Mrs. Megan Ashley-King, M.ED. and educator Jennifer Brooker, ABC Unified School District.   
  • Thursday, February 18,2021, Waiting Room open at 12:30 p.m. Presentation at 1:00 p.m.  by guest speaker Ms. Constance Iloh, an AAUW American Fellowship Award winner for 2020-2021. She is a post-doctoral student at the University of California in Irvine specializing in Anthropology.  Her project’s name is The Iloh Model, “Exploring the College-Going Decisions and Trajectories of Low-income Single Mothers of Color.”
  • Thursday, March 18, 2021, Waiting Room open at 6:30 p.m. Presentation at 7:00 pm. by guest speaker retired educator Miryam Fernandez. Ms. Fernandez will be sharing her many accomplishments as “An Immigrant’s Success Story of the American Dream.”  She originally came from Peru, joined the U.S. Air Force, became a teacher, and assimilated both cultures in her life.
  • Thursday, April 15, 2021, Waiting Room open at 6:30 p.m. Presentation at 7:00 p.m. by guest speaker Ms. Judy Osuna, Community Outreach and Education Manager, on “Using Medication and Mindfulness in Our Daily Lives,” from Alzheimer’s Family Center in Huntington Beach.
  • April or May of 2021: The La Palma-Cerritos AAUW hope to award two Academic Achievement Awards, of $1,250 each, to two women students at Cerritos College who are planning to attend a four-year college. One of the awards will be designated for a woman who returned to complete her education after an absence from school for four or more years. For donations for more information, contact Awards Chairperson Carol Marsh at 714-995-6141 or President Beverly Zwick at 562-943-6149.

Persons who wish to join the La Palma-Cerritos AAUW and work for equity for women and girls can contact Co- Membership VP’s, Joan Flax at 562-860-0642 or Diane Merrick at 562-594-4129 for membership information.

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