St. George woman to lead Utah chapter of national women’s organization

ST. GEORGE —  Local resident Pam Wootten will become senior Co-President of the American Association of University Women’s Utah chapter on July 1. She heads a contingent of four area women named to the state board.

In her new post she will help guide the state’s five AAUW branches in pursuing AAUW’s goal of advancing equity for women and girls through education, philanthropy, research and advocacy.

Utah’s AAUW members work to encourage seventh grade girls (going into eighth grade) to learn, science, technology, engineering, and math skills through various programs including: STEM workshops and camps such as, Tech Savvy, AWE+SUM and eSMART. AAUW of Utah also strives to build its network of college members and to make national programs such as Start Smart and Elect Her available on all Utah campuses.

Wootten will promote increased support of AAUW’s National Public Policy Program, Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF), and educational research at the branch level. Additionally she will encourage continued growth and improved communications among the five state branches.

“I hope to help see AAUW of Utah better serve and support its branches by continuing to modernize our communications and provide effective tools to do so,” Wootten said.

Wootten will be joined by fellow St. George AAUW branch members elected to serve on the AAUW state board: Carol Sawaya, Co-Secretary; Gloria Prahl, Treasurer; and Della Lowe, Public Policy Chair.

After moving to St. George in 2004 Wootten became active in the St. George Branch of AAUW which has the largest membership in Utah. Over the years she has served as Recording Secretary, Treasurer, and Co-Vice President. She was instrumental in founding the St. George eSMART Camp for girls.

Wootten graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and has a Master of Arts degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She was an active member in the Grand Junction, CO and Monterey, CA AAUW Branches when she lived in those areas.

In addition to her commitment and passion for AAUW, she finds time to enjoy traveling with her husband Mark, spending time with her family, and golfing.

About AAUW

The American Association of University Women is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since its inception in 1881, AAUW members have researched and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day: educational, social, economic and political. The AAUW St. George Utah branch, founded in 1981, is an extension of the National AAUW and is the largest branch in Utah. Their mission is to help advance equity for women and girls in Utah through advocacy and education. AAUW St. George branch is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

To learn more about the AAUW St. George branch visit their website.


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