Congratulations to Lakaysha Mitchell, the president of the AAUW-OU Student Organization on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester, MI.


Dr. Valerie Palmer-Mehta receiving the award at OU

Left to Right : Dr.Jo Reger, Professor of Sociology, presenting Dr. Valerie Palmer-Mehta, Associate Professor of Communication, the Phyllis Law Googasian Award at Oakland University April 15, 2016.

Bravo to Dr. Valerie Palmer-Mehta, Associate Professor of Communication and faculty advisor to our new AAUW-OU student organization who received the prestigious PHYLLIS LAW GOOGASIAN AWARD at Oakland University’s award luncheon on April 15. This annual award recognizes extraordinary service to the university community and commitment to the positive development and advancement of women at Oakland University. We are very proud to have her on our team as a member of AAUW.

*See below Valerie’s comments regarding the recent $tart $mart Salary Negotiations Workshop given at OU by our AAUW-Rochester branch members.

Dear Women of the AAUW-Rochester,

I just wanted to send you a note of sincere thanks for coming out to elevate, educate, and edify our students today. I really appreciate the time, energy, and effort that you selflessly donate to the AAUW@OU and to the betterment of the OU community. You shared some incredible information with our students today that will help set them up for success in ways that they can’t even begin to imagine right now. I certainly wish I had had a workshop like this when I was in school!

Thank you again for your efforts–what you do is important and most definitely appreciated.

With gratitude,
Valerie Palmer-Mehta, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication
Communication Program Director
Dept. of Communication & Journalism
Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309


The American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) $tart $mart Salary Negotiation Workshop was presented on Oakland University’s campus by the AAUW-Rochester Branch in partnership with its AAUW-OU student organization April 6th. It was a beginning attempt to stamp out gender pay inequity. According to AAUW’s research, women one year out of college are paid only 82% of what their male counterparts receive.


Left to right : Elaine-President AAUW-OU Student Organization, Diane-AAUW-Rochester Workshop Facilitator, Valerie-AAUW-OU Faculty Advisor, Josetta and Beverly-AAUW-Rochester Workshop Facilitators, Taylor-Secretary AAUW-OU Student Organization and Alaina-Treasurer AAUW-OU Student Organization.

Trained AAUW-Rochester facilitators, Diane Kosuda, Dr. Beverly Paurazas and Josetta Wood introduced to the attendees the art of negotiating a salary for their first post graduation position. The workshop was designed to empower women with the skills and confidence to successfully negotiate salary and benefit packages. By learning strategies and effective language, participants gain valuable skills that they can use throughout their lives-well beyond their next negotiation.
The AAUW-OU student organization, led by president Elaine Taylor, booked the workshop campus location, printed the workshop materials, placed announcement flyers around OU and arranged for a lovely dinner that followed the program.

The eye-opening presentation was a success and there are plans to repeat it in the fall at Oakland University. The workshop was sponsored through a grant from The Woman’s Fund of Rochester and the O.U. Communications Dept.

For more information, please contact Diane Kosuda from Rochester, MI AAUW.

AAUW of Rochester (MI) Branch receives grant from the Women's Fund of Rochester toward presenting the $tart $mart Salary Negotiations Workshop at Oakland University.

AAUW of Rochester (MI) Branch receives grant from the Women’s Fund of Rochester toward presenting the $tart $mart Salary Negotiations Workshop at Oakland University.



NCCWSLThe Rochester Branch of AAUW will again be sponsoring female undergraduate students to attend the acclaimed NATIONAL COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF WOMEN STUDENT LEADERS (NCCWSL-pronounced “nick whistle”) in June of 2015.  The three day conference in College Park, Maryland is $570 (conference, housing, meals and bus transportation)… well beyond a college student’s budget. We ARE inviting  college students already showing leadership qualities to enhance their leadership skills at this conference.  The program is crucial to helping young women acquire the skills they need to succeed and assume leadership roles on campus, business and in their personal careers.

In lieu of garage sales or other fundraisers, our Branch is asking its members to support the LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM for our young women with a tax-deductible contribution to our Branch’s SCHOLARSHIP ACCOUNT at the COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF GREATER ROCHESTER/AAUW.

You will hear and meet, at the September POTLUCK, the scholarship winners who will tell you how life changing this conference was to each of them.  You will also be receiving at the potluck your personal support letter about the leadership program.   Please be generous as “IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A WOMAN’S LIFE!” and in our lives as these women will represent us and our daughters in our cities and communities around the world.

Contributions can be made out to the
Mail to SCHOLARSHIP Treasurer:

Sharon Krumrei 1494 Royal Crescent RH 48306   248-652-8059


GraduatingtoaPayGap-232px-fullcover_2AAUW’s research report, Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Women and Men One Year after College Graduation, explores the earnings difference between female and male college graduates who are working full time one year after graduation. The report, which uses the latest nationally representative data, compares apples to apples by looking at the pay gap after controlling for various factors known to affect earnings, such as occupation, college major, and hours worked. It also examines one immediate effect that the pay gap has on many women: the heavy burden of student loan debt.