Del Mar-Leucadia AAUW presents program on mentoring Nov. 8

The Del Mar-Leucadia Branch of the American Association of University Women will present “A Passion for Mentoring” at its Nov. 8 meeting from 10 a.m. to noon at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas.

The presentation will follow a social time from 10 to 10:30 a.m. The public is welcome.

Member Dianne Nichols will share her inspiring educational journey from The Parliament of World Religions Conference in Barcelona, Spain, to the Girl Rising Club at the Grauer School, Encinitas.

After retiring from a career in education as a teacher and principal in Berkeley, San Francisco, Jackson Hole, Wyo., and locally in Cardiff, she created a new and passionate life as a mentor to young girls. Nichols was influenced by the female peacemakers at the Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice and the Youth Programs directed by Debbie Martinez. Girl Rising Club is a dynamic learning experience for girls to develop leadership skills and global education to become active and knowledgeable global citizens. Debbie Martinez from Joan Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice and two girls from the Girl Rising Club will also be part of the presentation.

Membership in AAUW is open to all graduates who hold an associate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university. The Del Mar-Leucadia Branch reflects the varied interests of its members with informative, educational monthly meetings and special interest groups such as Great Decisions, Walkabout, dining groups, book groups, film groups, Gadabout, and Theatre trips. For information visit

Founded in 1955, the local branch serves the North Coastal communities of Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, Olivenhain, Leucadia and Carlsbad. The branch raises funds for scholarships for students attending Mira Costa College and California State University San Marcos, as well as local middle school girls attending AAUW’s Tech Trek, a math and science camp at the University of California San Diego. The national AAUW organization, founded in 1881, advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.