Strategic Plan

In April 2015 the AAUW North Dakota State Board adopted a Strategic Plan to guide the membership in program development.

ND_AAUW_lowresMission: AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Vision: AAUW will be a powerful advocate and visible leader in equity and education through research, philanthropy, and measurable change in critical areas impacting the lives of women and girls.

Value Promise: By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance.

Diversity Statement: In principle and practice, AAUW values and seeks a diverse membership. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or class.

AAUW – ND  Strategic Plan

Purpose: AAUW-ND shall further the AAUW mission, programs, and policies within North Dakota and promote the work of ND branches. 


GOAL: Act to empower a diverse AAUW-ND membership to attain priority goals.


Retain and engage our current membership and work toward increasing and diversifying this membership by 20% in the next two years.

  • Assist branches with member retention information and provide training resources to engage members through mentoring, events, meetings or special interest groups. Reduce member drop-off to 1% or less.
  • Assist branches with holding at least one “Shape the Future” membership event each year. All new members receive ½ price state dues for that membership period.
  • Assist all branches with giving out at least three “Give a Grad A Gift” memberships annually and make personal contacts with these recipients to invite to branch/state meetings on a regular basis. All “Give a Grad A Gift” receive free state dues for that membership period.
  • Improve state communication and increase member access to electronic communication.
  • Increase C/U Partnerships by one each year and set E-affiliate membership to 10 members for each partner, increasing by 10 each year.


GOAL: Increase AAUW-ND visibility through advertising, social media, events, collaboration with other organizations and public policy dissemination.


  • Budget funds to advertise in partner campus newspapers promoting AAUW and e-affiliate program.
  • Encourage mission-based programming in local branches.
  • Do more collaboration with diverse ND organizations include Women’s Network, FUSE (a force to end human sexual exploitation), and other like-minded groups.
  • Increase our member contact and presence at the North Dakota Legislature (odd years) on public policy issues and use state action alerts when needed on important issues. Develop a public policy legislative action team.
  • Support state lobbying activities on AAUW priority issues.
  • Promote AAUW priority issues on ND college campuses by holding at least one meeting per year on a college campus and marketing it to college students.
  • Notify media of AAUW-sponsored activities, events, and AAUW positions
  • Encourage branches and members to display their AAUW support through banners, placards, magnets, pins, etc.
  • Encourage every branch to develop its own website and social media pages using AAUW’s resources.
  • Encourage all members to use the state website and social media regularly.


GOAL: Promote state and local leadership development in women and girls.


  • Foster leadership skills development in the membership and provide training at one branch meeting per year.
  • Provide a grant for leadership training for young and diverse women through NDWN Ready to Run and Tri-College NEW Leadership Institute and National Conference for College Women Student Leaders so that one member attends at least one of these events per year.
  • Support girls’ STEM education opportunities locally and at the state level through a program such as Tech Savvy or other STEM programming.
  • Endorse creative mentoring activities at the branch level and share success stories
  • Partner with other groups through North Dakota Women’s Network to provide guidance for women interested in seeking public office.
  • Encourage women’s participation in the legislative and political process through community education issue and/or candidate forums.
  • Recruit members of under-represented groups as speakers, panelists, trainers, and facilitators at AAUW-sponsored events.
  • Promote the use of and for AAUW education, research, philanthropic, advocacy, and legislative activities.


GOAL: Support AAUW philanthropic efforts and programs to provide women and girls with opportunities for a lifetime of success.


  • Support AAUW Funds each year with a donation of $100.
  • Encourage each branch to host one major fundraiser for philanthropic support of AAUW each year.
  • Recognize philanthropic contributions at the state annual meeting.


  • Promote quality public education at adequate, equitable funding levels for all students and oppose use of public funds for non-public elementary and secondary education and other institutions.
  • Advocate for pay equity for all workers.
  • Support freedom from violence and fear of violence in homes, schools, the workplace, and communities.

Advocate for health benefits for all citizens.

For more information on AAUW-ND contact Theresa Leiphon, AAUW State President at or call 701-662-3847