The Oakdale-Riverbank-Escalon Branch (ORE), founded in 1962, is committed to the educational, cultural and environmental improvement of our area as well as our world. We offer thought-provoking programs, varied interest groups and the opportunity to socialize with a diverse group of educated, interesting women. We share a common commitment to continued learning, women’s issues and community betterment. Our common mission in AAUW is to break through barriers for women and girls. Our branch’s primary function is to support and mentor young girls from our community, beginning in junior high with Tech Trek and continuing through high school and college.
Our membership base draws from the three Central Valley towns – Oakdale (population 21,000), Riverbank (population 23,000) and Escalon (population 7000). There are no barriers to membership based on gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin or disability. We are privileged to share membership in the National AAUW and the California AAUW communities.
Current Events – 2020
No matter how open and accepting we believe ourselves to be, we must do better. That’s why this year we would like to focus on ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ as our theme for the year. It is time that we take this stance, along with our state and federal branches of AAUW to do more, act more, make a difference. You will see this theme tied into our meetings this year. We will focus on what we can do as a branch to bring attention to the issue of diversity and inclusion. – Tena McLane-Ceja, Branch President
Women of Color Speak Out On Their Lived Experience: Thursday, February 11th, 7:00 PM via ZOOM.
Women, the world over, face roadblocks to success in their personal and occupational lives. The salary gap, work-life balance, and hurdle to be twice as good as anyone else are three such barriers, but for Women of Color the obstacles are even greater. They include double standards, facing microagressions, and conscious or unconscious racial bias. At our February meeting we will hear the lived experience of four such Women of Color in our community, one in finance, one an English Language Intervention teacher, and two from the library realm. In order to support each other we must hear each other. Come meet them and hear their stories.
Our branch Study Group on Racial Injustice will meet via Zoom on Wednesday, January 27th 7-9 pm and Thursday, January 28th 1-3 pm to discuss the book How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Participants may attend one or both of the meetings. Branch member, Teri Curtis will moderate the discussions. Prospective members contemplating joining AAUW are invited to attend one session. If interested please contact Teri for the invitation.
Due to the limitations placed on gatherings because of the Corona Virus, meetings will be held on the Internet via Zoom or some other video option. Members and prospective members wishing to attend Branch meetings and receive a Zoom Invitation to attend please email our Membership VP, Clydora H., firstname.lastname@example.org for details.