AAUW Mem­bers To Host Tech Trek Alum Pa­balan

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If you were to ask al­most any girl at­tend­ing Oak­dale, River­bank or Escalon High School what AAUW means to them you would prob­a­bly get a blank stare and a re­sponse like “AAUW – What is that?”

But if you asked OHS alum Rachelle Pa­balan that ques­tion, her an­swer might be some­thing like: “Op­por­tu­ni­ties. That’s the group that gave me the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend Tech Trek, a maths-cience camp at Fresno State the sum­mer be­fore I started eighth grade. Dur­ing high school they took the Tech Trek grad­u­ates on a num­ber of STEM – that’s Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, En­gi­neer­ing, and Math re­lated field trips to keep us in­ter­ested in those ar­eas and to per­haps choose a STEM ca­reer, and last spring I had the op­por­tu­nity to show some cur­rent Tech Trek alums around Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity where I am en­rolled. I pol­ished my pub­lic speak­ing skills by par­tic­i­pat­ing in AAUW’s Speech Trek Con­test. I was awarded the Oak­dale River­bank Escalon Branch’s four-year schol­ar­ship when I graduated from Oak­dale High in 2015, and this last spring they gave me a stipend to at­tend the National Con­fer­ence for Col­lege Women Stu­dent Lead­ers (NCCWSL) held at the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land, May 31 to June 3. So that’s what AAUW means to me, pro­vid­ing girls and women op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­pand their hori­zons.”

On Satur­day, Sept. 9, Pa­balan will have the op­por­tu­nity to tell about her ex­pe­ri­ences at­tend­ing NCCWSL and her plans to im­ple­ment what she learned on cam­pus this year as she heads back to Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity this fall. She will be the guest speaker at the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Uni­ver­sity Women (AAUW), Oak­dale River­bank Escalon Branch’s an­nual mem­ber­ship brunch to be held from 9 a.m. to noon in a mem­ber’s home. Prospec­tive mem­bers in the Oak­dale, River­bank, or Escalon area are in­vited to at­tend the meet­ing to hear Pa­balan and to learn about the Branch’s plans and pro­grams for this com­ing year. Call (209) 847-0271 for in­for­ma­tion and di­rec­tions and to make reser­va­tions.

The Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Uni­ver­sity Women (AAUW) ad­vances equity for women and girls through ad­vo­cacy, ed­u­ca­tion, phi­lan­thropy and re­search. Since 1881, mem­bers have ex­am­ined and taken po­si­tions on the fun­da­men­tal is­sues of the day – ed­u­ca­tional, so­cial, eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal. Grad­u­ates hold­ing an as­so­ciates or higher de­gree from an in­sti­tu­tion of the AAUW list of qual­i­fied in­sti­tu­tions and per­sons hold­ing an hon­orary de­gree are el­i­gi­ble for mem- bership in AAUW. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about AAUW, log on to www.aauw.org. In­for­ma­tion about AAUW, ORE is at http://ore-ca.aauw.net.

RACHELLE PA­BALAN

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