Helena Whyte presents AAUW-NM’s Legacy of Leadership Award to Nina Thayer of Los Alamos at the state convention in Carlsbad. Thayer was honored for her 45 years of dedication to the organization. Courtesy photo
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) held its state convention April 20-22 in Carlsbad. AAUW is the nation’s leading voice promoting education and equality for women and girls. New Mexico has nine AAUW branches extending from Las Vegas to Las Cruces.
The Carlsbad convention brought together AAUW members from across the state to discuss AAUW priorities—such as ending the gender pay gap, enforcing Title IX provisions for educational equality, and promoting science (STEM) careers for women and girls. Nina Thayer, a member of the Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Online branches of AAUW, was honored for a lifetime of service.
Thayer received the 2018 AAUW-NM Legacy of Leadership Award for 45 years of dedication to advancing AAUW’s mission at branch, state, and national levels. She has been an AAUW-NM member since 1978. She has served as President and Coordinating Council member for the Los Alamos branch. While she was a New Mexico State president for four years, she visited state branches promoting gender pay equity. At regional AAUW conferences she was a guest speaker. Additionally, she has served on national AAUW committees and worked at national conventions to help pass state-sponsored resolutions affecting AAUW policy and structure.