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Welcome to the Laguna Beach CA Branch of AAUW

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide network of more than 170,000 members and supporters, 1,000 branches, and 800 college/university institution partners. The mission of AAUW is to advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education, and advocacy.  Our active Laguna Beach branch encourages girls and women from the elementary through college level to pursue education, with scholarships being a key component of our outreach programs.  The branch was founded in 1967 and includes over 150 residents of Laguna Beach and surrounding communities.  Please explore our website to discover more of what we do and consider joining us!

Branch Awards

Every year the Named Gift Honoree committee (composed of AAUW Fund chairs and past honorees) nominates members to be recognized for significant contributions to the branch and/or to AAUW. This year’s two honorees received Branch Star Awards at the September gathering of the branch.

Janice Hayden:

For spearheading and implementing a much- needed paradigm shift in branch communications, from rebuilding the website to introducing online event sales to revitalizing the newsletter to creating a YouTube channel, and more!

Joyce Bartlett:

For her tireless commitment as silent auction chair at our literary fundraising festivals (Literary Luncheon, Literary Brunch) for four years. The silent auction is a major source of funding for our scholarships program.


Literary Luncheon

The Literary Luncheon/Brunch is AAUW Laguna Beach’s biggest annual fundraiser. This special event gives us a wonderful opportunity to get together with friends, colleagues, and branch members to listen to outstanding women authors while raising funds for scholarships and worthy projects that are administered by our branch’s nonprofit arm, the 501(c)(3) AAUW Laguna Beach Foundation.

This year’s event featured three award-winning authors: