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AAUW Grant Profile: Chelsey Stewart

Chelsey Stewart was recently named campus survivor advocate, based at the Windward and Honolulu Community College campuses, by the Domestic Violence Action Center as part of its Campus Survivor Advocacy Program.

Prior to becoming her position as an advocate, she worked for DVAC as a helpline specialist. She’s worked with the ACLU of Hawaii and Washington states, Legal Aid Society of Hawaii’s Fair Housing Enforcement Program, U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service, and the Hawaii Department of the Attorney General’s Crime Prevention & Justice Assistance Division. She credits those past experiences for her current position with DVAC.

In addition to the skills she gained from work and internships,Chelsey is a proud graduate of Chaminade University of Honolulu (BS Criminology and Criminal Justice ’12, MS Criminal Justice Administration ’15).

Chelsey thanks AAUW Honolulu for the opportunity to use its Career and Leadership Development Grant to attend the 2019 Conference on Crimes Against Women (“CCAW”) in Dallas, Texas next April.

“As an Advocate for college students and faculty that are going through abusive relationships, I am excited to participate in the CCAW’s Campus Safety Summit, which covers the first half of the weeklong conference and focuses on relationship violence prevention and response. I am looking forward to networking and gaining valuable insight to ways I can improve the CSAP program and campus environment for domestic violence victims in Hawaii. Mahalo,” she said.

AAUW Honolulu Wants Your Input!

Join us on Jan. 24, 2019 to share your thoughts as to how we can better service our community!

We want your thoughts as to how we can have a greater impact in Hawaii! Join us — and bring your thoughts and comments!

RSVP below!

WHEN: Jan. 24, 2019, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
WHERE: TBA

Talk Story Tuesday (November 2018)

Give yourself a treat! Meet, mingle and enjoy complimentary pupus and beverages at happy hour prices. Talk Story Tuesdays is the intersection of casual conversation and a great AAUW program.

We will discuss the state of sexual harassment and assault in Hawaii with Jennifer Rose, director of the University of Hawaii’s Office of Institutional Equity, Hannah Liebreich, UH-Manoa Ph.D. candidate specializing in Title IX issues, and Elizabeth Fujiwara of Fujiwara and Rosenbaum, an attorney specializing in civil rights and employment discrimination.

Psst…spread the word and invite your friends and family!

Free parking, complimentary pupus, no-host bar $4-$7 drink specials!

All ages welcome!

WHEN: Nov. 13, 2018 ~ 5:30-7:30pm

WHERE: Ferguson’s Pub in the Dillingham Transportation Building
729 Bishop St., Honolulu, HI, 96813

Parking: Free parking located in the Pacific Guardian Center off of Alakea Street. The elevator from the parking structure to the ‘lobby’ lands directly in Ferguson’s Pub’s back courtyard.

New Member Spotlight: Charlotte Manly

Charlotte Manly was raised in Wahiawa, graduated from the University Laboratory School, and has a bachelor’s degree in engineering and applied sciences from the California Institute of Technology and a doctorate in cognitive science from Brown University. She returned to Hawaii in 2003.

She is interested in human factors in software systems and currently does software development remotely for a radiology vendor. She has led service trips to Haleakala National Park with Sierra Club as well as shorter hikes on Oahu. She attended AAUW’s Work Smart workshop earlier this year and hopes to get involved with STEM activities.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Initiatives challenge pay gap for women — Sept. 16, 2018

AAUW Honolulu President Joanna Amberger and Sultan Ventures Financial Analysis/Operations Associate Katarina Poljakova co-authored this op-ed about the importance of programs that offer women professional development.

Read it here or if you aren’t a subscriber to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, read it below.


Initiatives challenge pay gap for women
By Katarina Poljakova and Joanna Amberger

September 16, 2018

With salaries falling below the national average and a notoriously high cost of living, it’s no secret that Hawaii can be a tough place to make it financially. According to recent research from AAUW, a national nonprofit dedicated to advancing equity for women and girls, it’s even tougher to make a living if you’re a woman in Hawaii. AAUW reports that women here earn about 83 cents on the dollar compared to men — better than the national average of 80 cents on the dollar, but still not equal.

For minority women, that pay gap widens even more. For example, AAUW reports in 2017’s “The Simple Truth” that in 2016 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women earned just 59 percent of what white men were paid on a national average. AAUW also found that women are more likely to take out loans for higher education and college debt, which reduces their potential net earnings even further. Additionally, women are more likely than men to make career sacrifices to accommodate having a family.

Further, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, men were twice as likely as women to be in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, which are typically higher paying.

What can be done to level the financial playing field and reduce the pay gap? A combination of nonprofit and private initiatives in Hawaii are finding ways to help give women an economic boost in the form of grants, scholarships and professional development programs.

For instance, AAUW Honolulu’s recently launched Career and Leadership Development Grant aims to provide women with opportunities to further careers that might otherwise be too costly to pursue. The grant helps women pay for certifications, training, seminars or other activities to advance in their careers; it’s also available to graduate students and women working in academia who plan to present their research at professional conferences. AAUW Honolulu also continues to offer scholarships and salary negotiation workshops for both students and those already in the workforce.

In the private sector, local venture firm Sultan Ventures is dedicated to providing Hawaii’s community with equal access to entrepreneurial opportunities as a compelling way to secure an economic advantage in an increasingly competitive job market. In an industry where only 10 percent of all venture funding went to startups with at least one female founder in 2017, Sultan Ventures is working to close the gender gap by offering multiple programs that empower women to bolster their financial future. Its XLR8HI program offers scholarships for women and minorities to attend entrepreneurship workshops, helping them gain the creative and critical thinking skills for a competitive edge in the workplace.

To inspire changemakers in the community, motivational stories of female and minority founders making a difference are featured on Sultan Ventures’ podcast, The Startup Catalyst. The firm also hosts the annual InnovateHER Challenge, a pitch competition that champions products and services with a measurable impact on the lives of women and families. These initiatives help promote greater inclusion in the business community and aims to democratize onramps to economic self-sufficiency not only for women but for all of Hawaii’s residents.

Investing in the advancement of women doesn’t just benefit women; it benefits Hawaii as a whole. According to AAUW’s research, if employed women in Hawaii were paid the same as men, the poverty rate would be reduced by more than half, as would the poverty rate among employed single mothers. Working to reduce Hawaii’s pay gap not only elevates women but also strengthens our families, our communities, our businesses, our economy. That’s a cause we should all get behind.

Talk Story Tuesday (October 2018)

Give yourself a treat! Meet, mingle and enjoy complimentary pupus and beverages at happy hour prices. Talk Story Tuesdays is the intersection of casual conversation and a great AAUW program.

We’ll discuss domestic violence at this month’s Talk Story Tuesday. Kristy Hong and Erika Untalan, from the Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC), as well as Donna Hopkins MSW, are our confirmed speakers.

Psst…spread the word and invite your friends and family!

Free parking, complimentary pupus, no-host bar $4-$7 drink specials!

WHEN: October 9, 2018  ~ 5:30-7:30pm

WHERE: Ferguson’s Pub in the Dillingham Transportation Building
729 Bishop St., Honolulu, HI, 96813

Parking: Free parking located in the Pacific Guardian Center off of Alakea Street. The elevator from the parking structure to the ‘lobby’ lands directly in Ferguson’s Pub’s back courtyard.

FAQ: Career and Leadership Development Grant

Can AAUW members apply for the grant?

Yes. AAUW members are welcome to apply for the grant.

Is the grant open to applicants on islands other than Oahu?

Yes. Applicants from any of the Hawaiian Islands are welcome to apply.

Can the grant be used to conduct research that will later be presented at professional conferences?

No. The grant is not intended to fund data collection and must be used for attendance/presentations at conferences.

Do applicants need to demonstrate that their official state residency is in Hawai‘i?

No. When we ask if applicants reside in Hawai‘i, we are only asking if they are currently working and/or studying in Hawai‘i. To demonstrate this, applicants are only required to provide a Hawai‘i address on their application.

I am proposing an activity that will occur close to the application due date (September 15 and March 15 of each year) or before application decisions have been announced (October 15 and April 15 of each year). Can I still apply?

Yes, you are still welcome to apply. But please keep in mind that if you are selected as a grant recipient, funds will not be disbursed until after decisions have been announced (and therefore likely after you have attended your proposed activity). There is also no guarantee that applicants will be awarded grant funds, and so in these cases it may be wise to apply for additional sources of potential funding, if possible.

Will I receive an email confirmation after I have submitted my grant application?

No. After you have submitted your application via the AAUW Honolulu website, you should receive a confirmation that your form was submitted, but you will not receive an individual email.

Please feel free to email us if you would like to confirm that all of your application materials have been received.

Can I apply for a grant if I’ll be attending a conference, but not presenting?

Yes, you are welcome to apply even if you are not presenting at a conference. However, it will be important to use the application cover letter to explain in detail why/how attendance at the conference will benefit the attendee’s career.

AAUW Honolulu Student Intern

Are you a student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa interested in addressing gender inequalities and bringing attention to the wage gap? AAUW Honolulu has an internship for you.

This part-time position (up to 20 hours per week) will work with the  UH-Manoa Office of Civic and Community Engagement. It is perfect for a self-motivated UH-Manoa student who can work independently on a number of projects at one time. Compensation will be $13 to $15 per hour depending on the qualifications of selected candidate.

The student would report to Atina Pascua, the director of the Office of Civic and Community Engagement, and the internship is a trial position to grow students’ involvement with AAUW Honolulu. The intern will assist with programs such as Start Smart and the Scholarship Committee. If this trial is successful, AAUW would expand the student internship to other schools such as HPU, KCC in addition to UH-Manoa.

Additional responsibities include:

  • Promote and assist with Start Smart workshops conducted at UH Manoa.
  • Assist the scholarship committee with NCCWSL (application setup, promotion, registration, etc) and additional administrative and outreach tasks.
  • Recruit, organize and support AAUW campus ambassadors to increase engagement in AAUW programs and leadership opportunities.
  • Assist with creating a AAUW Student Organization or RIO (Registered Independent Organization) for students at UH-Manoa and attend student development meetings for the RIO (if necessary); an AAUW student organization/RIO will increase student engagement with AAUW’s issues and mission.
  • Liaise and develop partnerships with AAUW Honolulu and UH-Manoa’s departments.
  • Assist in outreach to the UH-Manoa campus,  including student involvement fairs, campus center tabling, advertising opportunities and events representing AAUW.

To apply please submit a resume and cover letter addressing why you are a good candidate for this position by email to atina@hawaii.edu the supervisor: Atina Pascua, Director of Civic and Community Engagement at UH Manoa by August 15th at 4 pm. Questions regarding this position can be emailed to Anita Pascua or phoned 808-956-9257.

Talk Story Tuesday (September 2018)

Give yourself a treat! Meet, mingle and enjoy complimentary pupus and beverages at happy hour prices. Talk Story Tuesdays is the intersection of casual conversation and a great AAUW program.

We’ll discuss sexual harassment and assault in the workplace and on campus in September. Elizabeth Jubin Fujiwara, an attorney, arbitrator and mediator, as well as Hannah Liebreich, advocacy chair for the Graduate Student Organization at UH-Manoa, and Jenn Rose, director of the UH Office of Institutional Equity, will be on hand to discuss our topics.

Psst…spread the word and invite your friends and family!

Free parking, complimentary pupus, no-host bar $4-$7 drink specials!

WHEN: September 11, 2018  ~ 5:30-7:30pm

WHERE: Ferguson’s Pub in the Dillingham Transportation Building
729 Bishop St., Honolulu, HI, 96813

Parking: Free parking located in the Pacific Guardian Center off of Alakea Street. The elevator from the parking structure to the ‘lobby’ lands directly in Ferguson’s Pub’s back courtyard.

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