Branch Programs

All of the AAUW Tyler Programs are open to the public.  Please invite a potential new member, friend or spouse to any event.  Reservations may be required.

Diane Kavanaugh – Programs Vice President


AAUW Tyler Branch
Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership


The AAUW Tyler Branch hosts Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership on Tuesday, November 15th at the Discovery Science Place Annex starting at 6:30 p.m. Barriers and Bias examines the causes of women’s underrepresentation in leadership roles in business, politics, and education and suggests what we can do to change the status quo.

Women have been leaders throughout history, and today the tradition of volunteer female leadership continues to flourish. Yet in terms of paid leadership, women’s elevation to top positions is relatively rare. Why do men still vastly outnumber women in leadership positions? AAUW’s newest research report, Barriers and Bias: The Status of Women in Leadership, explores this question, drawing from scholarly research and paying special attention to stereotypes and bias. The report provides recommendations for individuals and those in the education, corporate, and political sectors to contribute to an environment in which gender is no longer a barrier to leadership

AAUW Tyler Branch member Sue Lander facilitates this program. Sue is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Tyler Junior College. Currently teaching developmental Psychology across the lifespan, she includes the topic of implicit bias to urge students to be mindful about underlying attitudes and prejudices that influence social behavior. Attendees are encouraged to take the online “Implicit Association Test” prior to the seminar.

To register for this free event and for instructions on taking the Implicit Association Test, please visit

For more information, contact Diane Kavanaugh by sending an email to .


Girls in STEM – February 25, 2017

Our society tells girls and women that they don’t belong in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. As early as first grade, children have already developed a sense of gender identity, and most have developed unconscious bias associating boys with math. Toys still reinforce rigid, highly gendered stereotypes that encourage only boys to build or engineer. And even kids’ clothing still proclaims that girls are bad at math. AAUW is committed to encouraging women and girls to pursue STEM.

AAUW Tyler Branch partners with Discovery Science Place and the UT Tyler Society for Women Engineers to host a “Girls in STEM” event on February 25, 2017. More details soon.


 Pleasant Hill Quilters – The Secret Codes of the Underground Railroad  – March 11, 2017 First Christian Church

 During the early years of the Nation, the Underground Railroad was created and was a successful effort to aid African Americans in the South to escape the drudgery of slavery. Their mission was to secretly transport slaves to Canada where slavery was outlawed. Because the Canadian border was so far from the southern plantations and slave owners effort to capture and return the escapees, travel turned out to be a hazardous undertaking.

Secret codes and signals were developed to guide the travelers through the hazards. One was the use of bed quilts presumably hung out for cleaning. Each patch of the quilt represented a signal to guide the escapees.

The Pleasant Hill Quilters have carried the tradition by educating the community about how the historical signal system worked. In addition to educational programs, the group makes and sells quilts to the public.


 Equal Pay Day Activity April 4th, 2017

Join AAUW Tyler as we “celebrate” Equal Pay Day, which is the symbolic day when women’s earnings (78 cents to men’s dollar) finally catch up to men’s earnings from the previous year. Equal Pay Day is a powerful occasion to raise awareness and organize action around the gender pay gap in our communities. More information about this event coming soon.

Annual Business Meeting and Scholarship Presentations

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Jul’s Restaurant


 Salad SupperMay TBD

Contact Diane Kavanaugh at 704-526-7274 or if you’d like to help plan any of these events.