Branch Meetings & Special Events 2021/22

For details on upcoming events, see the current CHIPS on the Newsletter page.

Schedule for 2021-2022 Branch Meetings

special events

Branch Meetings will be held either on ZOOM or at an alternative location. Alternative locations will be emailed to members. In the event of inclement weather, listen for news of any meeting cancellation or delay on radio stations WHUD (100.7 FM) or WFAS (103.9 FM).




Branch Meeting                                                  5:30 p.m.                 Alternate location or Zoom

Program: Women Leaders in Higher Education from Diverse Backgrounds.

Dr. Odate will describe her career path to leadership in higher education, as well as her research on women leaders from diverse backgrounds in higher education.

 Speaker: Dr Kareen Odate, Associate Professor, Medgar Evans College, CUNY


Branch Meeting                                                  5:30 p.m.               Alternate location or Zoom

Program: The Language of Climate Change

Dr. Nero has conducted research on how the news media have used various types of terminology and framing to affect how people understand and respond to climate change. The talk will reveal how different agendas have played out in public space through analysis of communications from the media and political leaders.

Speaker: Dr. Shondel Nero, Professor and internationally known researcher in Linguistics, NYU


Branch Meeting                                              10:30 a.m.               Alternate location or Zoom

Program: Coping with COVID: Loss and Aging

The effects of social isolation on seniors.  A discussion of the various effects that the pandemic as had on our older adult population and options for coping.  Some opportunities for volunteering will be presented.

Speakers: Nicolle Brunale, LMSW, Director of Senior Mental Health, Family Services of Westchester, and Mari Diamond, BA, Family Services of Westchester


Holiday Luncheon or Branch Meeting          12:00 p.m.             Restaurant or Zoom

Program: Life Inside

The importance of the college program at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility

       Speaker: Jennifer Fecu, Alumna of Marymount Manhattan College


Branch Meeting                                                10:30 a.m.               Alternate location or Zoom

Program: Hostesses to History: Abagail Smith Purdy, Ann Fisher Miller, and Their Revolutionary Houseguests

In 1776 and again in 1778, two Westchester women became historic hostesses when the Revolutionary War arrived on their doorsteps. We will explore the often surprising stories of these two White Plains women caught up in the tumultuous and divisive events of the War of Independence.

Speaker: Stephen Paul DeVillo, local historian and a long-time guide for the Bronx River Alliance’s Bronx River Rambles and author of The Bronx River in History and Folklore, The Bowery: The Strange History of New York’s Oldest Street, and a forthcoming book on the Battle of White Plains.



Branch Meeting                                                  10:30 a.m.               Zoom

Program: New York’s Climate Act and Making Buildings Healthier, Safer, and Reducing Their Environmental Impact

New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Preservation Act has codified an aggressive plan for both reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the health, safety, comfort, resiliency, and efficiency of the buildings that we live and work in.  Information on New York State programs to help individuals make their homes more energy efficient will be included.

Speaker: Patrick M. O’Shei, Director of Market Development, NYSERDA


Branch Meeting                                              5:30 p.m.               Alternate location or Zoom

Program: Beyond Venus and Mars: The Journey of Understanding the Psychology of Sex and Gender

As a research psychologist, former faculty member, and now President of the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Dr. Susan Burns has spent years learning about and teaching on topics of sex and gender. In her talk, she will highlight some interesting historical approaches to understanding gender differences and recent research insights on the similarities and differences of women and men.  She will also briefly discuss her gendered experiences that led her to writing a textbook, Psychology of Sex and Gender, released in 2019.

Speaker: Dr. Susan Burns, President, College of Mount St. Vincent



Running and Winning Workshop        8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.           YWCA White Plains or Zoom


AAUW New York State Convention

APRIL 2022 (TBD)

Girls for STEM (formerly EYO)



Branch Meeting                                                    5:30 p.m.              Alternate location or Zoom

Program: Gilda’s Club Westchester-Celebrating 20 Years of Free Cancer Support

The mission of Gilda’s Club Westchester is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered and sustained by community. Their innovative programs are an essential complement to medical care, providing individual counseling, support groups, workshops, education and social activities free of charge to the community.

Speaker: Debbie Vincent, Director of Outreach and Clinical Partnerships for Gilda’s Club Westchester



SPRING FLING                                       5:30 p.m.                      Saint Andrew’s Golf Club or Zoom

Installation of Officers

Program: Honoring our Westchester Community College Scholarship recipients

Speakers: WCC Community College students who received our branch scholarships



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For questions about events, contact us. When scheduling events, avoid conflicts by consulting the AAUW Planning Calendar.