Branch Programs

Upcoming Lakewood AAUW Branch Programs


Daniel M Mondragon

Daniel M Mondragon
Branch Meeting on May 13, 2021 via Zoom
6:30 Meeting, 7:00 Program

Helping Working Single Mothers with their Cars

Daniel is currently the Resource Development Director at Hands of The Carpenter, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping working single mothers with their cars so they can maintain employment and achieve self-sufficiency.

Since completing his undergraduate degree from Regis University in Religious Studies, Daniel has been passionate about understanding economic and work issues that prevent people from escaping poverty and living a dignified life. In 1999 Daniel completed Regis’ Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) degree and went to work at Rose Community Foundation, providing grant funding to various local nonprofit organizations. Since leaving Rose in 2001, he’s raised funds with various nonprofits, supporting programs to improve people’s personal and financial well-being.


Past Events (2018-2021)

April 8, 2021
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
Suzanne McClung, who was severely injured by an intoxicated driver, talked about her experience, her rehabilitation, the wonderful community that supported her recovery including MADD, and her experiences with the criminal justice system.

March 11, 2021
Lucy Marsh, University of Denver law professor,  discussed the lawsuit for equal pay that she and other University of Denver professors won with the help of the EEOC.

February 6, 2021
AAUW Colorado Public Policy Day
“The Education Equity Conversation”

January 14, 2021
Beth Ann Parish discussed how Rise Against Suicide has helped give teens who are suicide risks access to therapy and other assistance.

November 12, 2020  
Anne Sharpsteen presented a program on Victoria Woodhull, “Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal”. By highlighting this pioneer feminist who ran for U.S. President, we raised awareness during the 100th anniversary of women achieving the right to vote.

October 8, 2020
Colorado Legislative issues including a bill to expand family leave.

September 10, 2020
Marcellina Otti spoke about Montessori education in Uganda and establishing a school that was affected by Covid. Marcellina started the first Montessori school in Five Points in Denver.

May 14, 2020
Patty Limerick is the Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado. Patty also served as Colorado State Historian 2016-18, and was appointed to the National Endowment for the Humanities advisory board 2015-19.

March 12, 2020
Jill Tietjen, Women’s Advocate Worldwide
A member of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, Jill discussed 2 of the 9 books she has published, including Her Story: A Timeline of Women Who Changed America.

February 1, 2020
AAUW  Colorado Public Policy Day
“Immigrant Conversation”

January 9, 2020
Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute, that supports under-resourced entrepreneurs to help them launch and grow their businesses.

December 12, 2019
Holiday Social – Members Only

November 14, 2019
Dr. Annette Cannon, Jefferson County Coroner, talked about her background and how it led to her becoming Coroner.

October 10, 2019
A forum on the Jefferson County School Board election was held. Four candidates are running for two seats. They are District 3 – Stephanie Schooley and Robert Applegate and District 4 – Joan Chavez-Lee and Susan Miller. A ballot issue forum on the statewide Proposition CC and Jefferson County 1A followed.

September 12, 2019
Jean Dobofsky, a Boulder attorney, the first female Colorado Supreme Court justice and former Deputy Attorney General, spoke on “How Race Affects Where We Live.” She is in the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.

May 11, 2019
Zack and Perwana Hutcheson will speak about their experiences of transitioning from life in Afghanistan to life in America.

April 11, 2019
 Avital Miller speaks about her best-selling book “Healing Happens.”

March 21, 2019
Happy Anniversary, Lakewood. Memories of 50 years of the City of Lakewood’s history were shared through videos and live presentations of former mayors and current Mayor Adam Paul.

February 2, 2019
AAUW Colorado Public Policy Day. Theme: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: Engaging Members for Action. Keynote speaker: Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler, founder of the Equity Project.

January 10, 2019
Sarah Platt Decker, a suffragist, reformer, and advocate for women, children, and working people. Presented by Gail Beaton. 

December 13, 2018 
Holiday Social — Members Only

November 8, 2018
“Gratitude – The glass is always half full”
 Colorado AAUW President Stormy McDonald

October 11, 2018
Former Colorado State Senator Betty Boyd will moderate this discussion of several important ballot issues.

September 13, 2018

“Talking Ed”

Dr. Jason Glass, Jeffco Schools Superintendent

May 10, 2018

“Community Colleges of the Future”
Dr. Michele Haney, President of Red Rocks Community College (RRCC), will speak on meeting the needs of students and employers, especially as traditional four-year colleges become even more unaffordable for many students.

April 12, 2018
“From Town Hall to the UN and Beyond: An AAUW Journey”
AAUW Colorado President Amy Blackwell

March 8, 2018 
“Immigration 101” Understanding Immigration Issues Presented by: Professor Violeta Raquel Chapin, CU Law School, Immigration Lawyer

February 3, 2018
AAUW Colorado Public Policy Day
“Human Trafficking — It’s Closer Than You Think.”

January 11, 2018
“From State Geologist to Women’s Healthcare Champion,” Vicki Cowart,
Executive Director and CEO, Planned Parenthood Rocky Mountains