Tar Heel News
LAF Contributions Due by Early December
Lillian Van Order
AAUW NC LAF Liaison
- LAF works on a calendar year. We would love to come closer to our goal of
all branches contributing. According to my records, only four branches have not
contributed. Remember, it is important to contribute, no matter what the amount,
but we hope that we can get 100% contribution from the branches. All it takes
is a $5 contribution from each member or the equivalent. Please send your contributions
to me by December 10 so I can submit them to the Legal Advocacy Fund in Washington,
D.C. before the close of the year.
- We have applied for a travel grant for a plaintiff to speak at the convention
and hope that it transpires. Last year was such a wonderful event that we hope
to do it again. This was an inspiring fund-raiser that makes us all aware of the
need for LAF.
- One branch has already used the wonderful resource of the LAF video library;
perhaps others would like to do so. Some of the newest videos are from the recent
convention in Providence. At press time, the newest ones were not listed on the
web site, however, if you call the LAF office, 202.785.7750, they will be happy
to send them to you. These new ones are Bari-Ellen Roberts vs. Texaco in a class
action lawsuit; Ms. Roberts is the 2003 LAF Speaking Out for Justice Award recipient.
Another video is LAF Plaintiff Chichilnsky vs. Columbia University, and the third
is a combination of the previous two. You can get these and other cases from the
web site, or simply e-mail LAF at email@example.com. They ask for a two-week lead time.
If you need help with this, please give me a call or e-mail me and I will be happy
to help. This is an excellent way for your branch to learn about the important
work that LAF is doing.
- Did you know that LAF receives inquiries about sex discrimination in higher
education? The top four circumstances for calling are sexual harassment (26%),
tenure denial (12%), wrongful termination from employment (12%), and disparate
treatment/hostile work environment (9%). The types of institutions are four-year
institution (60%), secondary schools (15%), medical schools (13%), and community
colleges/two year institutions (9%). The states with the most complaints are California
(10%), Texas (9%), New York (8%), and Illinois with (7%). These figures are from
the Fall 2003 issue of Legal Advocacy Fund Update, Speaking Out for Justice in
Higher Education, on page four.
As we can all see, our money is at work advising, supporting, and educating
people about the needs for justice in higher education.