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Welcome to AAUW’s New Mexico Online Branch!

The New Mexico Online Branch is a virtual community with members from Albuquerque, Corrales, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Espanola, Taos, Raton, Las Vegas, Las Cruces, and Carlsbad.

The new branch was officially recognized November 18, 2009. The New Mexico Online Branch (NM8028) brings the total number of active AAUW New Mexico branches to ten.

Contact any of the officers to become a member of the New Mexico Online Branch. Association dues are $49 ($46 are tax deductible). NM dues are $18.

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The next branch meeting is April 22, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Express in Los Alamos, NM.

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Women’s Student Debt Crisis in the US May 24 Roll Out

Student loan debt is now a $1.3-trillion problem burdening 44 million borrowers. Experts are talking about the effects of student debt on the economy, but they aren’t talking about its disproportionate effects on women.
AAUW takes a close look at that oversight in the new research report Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans. Women’s success in postsecondary education is shrinking the gender pay gap and opening up opportunities, but at what price? Women not only take on more student debt than men do, but women also pay back their loans more slowly because of the gender pay gap.

While higher education is seen as a path to financial stability, taking on student debt is a gamble, and it’s a bigger risk for some women: Low-income students, students with dependent children, and students who drop out of college are all at higher risk of defaulting on student loans. AAUW advocates for grants, programs, and resources that can keep college accessible for those who have the most to gain.

Live Stream Event 12:00 – 1:30 pm MDT

Author Online Talk May 2, 2017 at 5:30 MDT

Join author Patricia Park, 2013-2014 AAUW American Fellow, as she discusses her first novel Re Jane: A Novel.
For Jane Re, a half-Korean, half-American orphan, the place she’s wanted to escape her whole life is Flushing, Queens. The novel “grapples with real issues of identity, race, and culture from global and historical perspectives.” Register at www.aauw.org.

AAUW-NM 2017 Lobby Corps Training

Lobby Corps Training Saturday, Jan. 7 in Albuquerque, 1-3 pm at La Mesa Presbyterian Church, 7401 Copper Ave. NE, Sen. Sander Rue, R district 23, Bernalillo, will speak. He is a member of the interim Land Grant Committee, Public School Capital Outlay Task Force and Water and Natural Resources Committee.

And in Santa Fe, Sun. Jan. 8, 1-3 pm at the State Capitol (Roundhouse) room 326.
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D district 43, Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties will speak. She is an educator and sits on the House Education Committee and Appropriations and Finance Committee.
Rep. James Smith, R district 22, Bernalillo, Sandoval, and Santa Fe counties will also speak. He chairs the Government, Elections, and Indian Affairs Committee and is a member of the interim Legislative Education Study Committee (LESC).

Online Author Talk January 10 at 5:30 pm

The Poisoned Table, “historical novel” written by AAUW member Diane Michael Cantor is based on the writings of renowned British Actress Fanny Kemble and her life in 19th century England and the American South. The Poisoned Table portrays a passionate rivalry between fictional actress Isàbel Graves and real-life Shakespearean stage sensation Kemble. A tale of ambition, romance, and betrayal, the novel traces their unconnected adventures and acting careers in the Old and New Worlds, as well as their introduction to the horrors of American slavery. Kemble was an ardent abolitionist who penned Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838-1839 which is sometimes credited with dissuading Britain from aiding the Confederacy.

Register to join the online discussion at www.aauw.org.