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One of the many iterations of the Columbia-branch’s newsletter for the American Association of University Women (AAUW), this document provides readers with all the needed information for engaging with and through AAUW in the winter of 1990. Based on the label on the final page it can be presumed that such newsletters were mailed to individual members. The newsletter includes sections focusing on things like: BRANCH MEETING, NEWS ABOUT MEMBERS, CULTURAL EVENTS and NAMED GIFT HONORS.
The president of the Columbia branch of the AAUW at the time of the release of this newsletter was Attie Ray and the editor of the newsletter is listed as Susan Lawton. Amongst the many names mentioned within the newsletter are: Barbara Moxon, Laura Truelove, Wilhelmina Kennedy and Beulah Brazzell. Moxon is specifically mentioned in a section discussing the upcoming Fall Conference:
“Our own BARBARA MOXON was the chairperson who planned the program which was very meaningful. Our members who attended were LEAH LOCKHART, MARY WALLACE JOHNSON, MARY JANE MOORE, BEULAH BRAZZELL, TIMI SHORT, SYLVIA SWINTON, THOMASINA BRIGGS, ELNORA ROBINSON, BARBARA MOXON AND ATTIE MAY.
The newsletter also announces the December meeting to be held on December 8th at the Eastminster Presbyterian Church.
To view and download a full version of the newsletter on pdf click here
A welcome card included within packets received by Columbia, South Carolina college professors, this item represents part of a larger exchange between Columbia South Carolina and the country of Columbia in South America. Part of a larger United States Information Agency initiative, each state was tasked with engaging with a South American partnership to represent a growth in American and Latin American relations. This specific item represents a connection between Columbia College and the Centro Cultural Colombo Americano. As the card suggests it took place in Armenia, Columbia.
The particular exchange was part of a two week trip by members of Columbia College, The South Carolina Governor’s Office, under then governor David Beasley. The trip occurred between the 23rd of July and the 6th of August, with stops in Pereira, Manizales and Cali along with Armenia. The following year, members of a coalition from Columbia would spend time in South Carolina as part of the exchange. The archive’s papers hold more information about this exchange and will be added in the future.
To download a pdf version of this card click here
This press release from 1997 highlights an upcoming workshop focusing on the theme of Empowering Girls. Held at Columbia College the event focuses on issues like “gender equity” and “Setting Goals and Pursuing Dreams.” The program, according to the flier, was to be held on March 1st of 1997 and was co-sponsored by Heathwood Hall Middle School.
The conference was specifically aimed at girls in Middle School, with the hopes of pushing against gendered stereotypes of success and self-worth which, the flier suggests are perceived as different between boys and girls. The flier includes a more specific explanation of the initiative:
Candy Waites, director of external programs for the College’s Leadership Institute and coordinator of the workshop, feels that “empowering young girls to set high goals and feel comfortable with their achievements can make a real difference in their lives.” Alan Gibby, head of Heathwood Hall Intermediate Middle School, agrees, adding, “The Middle school years are truly formational ones, and the messages received by girls during these years are all-important to their overall development.”
While the physical archive does not immediately have other papers attached to this event, should they arise a connection will be made to this flier. However, a pdf version of this flier is available for download here
A resource provided by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, this handout shows various health risks specific to women in the state of South Carolina. It is currently unclear as to who such information was distributed to and how it was incorporated into health education within the state so any contribution to information would be welcomed. A sample of some of the information provided is shown below:
Noteworthy, is the clear intersectional approach taken by the information provided, which includes specific health risks to women of color within the state:
“Health disparities persist in SC, especially for African American women. For example, black and other minority women are 1.6 times more likely to die from heart disease and 3.0 times more likely to die from stroke.”
The flier also comes with a point of contact for more information. To provide us with more information regarding this flier feel free to comment on this post, or contact the blog’s curators. A pdf of the item is available here
A function of the seemingly now defunct Leadership Studies program at Columbia College (Columbia, SC) the Columbia College Leadership Institute served as a program that occurred annually with the express interest of training women and young girls in pursuing and attaining leadership roles broadly conceived. The institute contained a variety of programs aimed at unique components of that endeavor. Take for example LEAD 2005, which was one of the summer programs offered. According to the program LEAD 2005 focused on the following:
“LEAD 2005 is an acclaimed leadership development program for high school sophomore girls who demonstrate leadership potential. This exciting experience encourages effective leadership through interactive workshops, leadership assessment, and hands-on leadership practice. Expand your skills in communicating ideas with power while motivating with confidence.”
Tuitition for the various programs ranged from $400 dollars for LEAD IV to $600 for the Emerging Leaders program. Though not discussed in detail, the application included provided an opportunity to gain information about need-based scholarships for the various programs. The application and information packet also includes a Recommendation Form for hopeful applicants which asks them to be rated on things like “ability to relate well with peers and adults.”
While the Leadership Studies program appears to have evolved considerably, Columbia College still retains The Institute for Leadership and Professional Excellence, which still runs an iteration of the Leadership Institute over the summer. More information is available here.
A full version of the program discussed is available for download as a pdf here.