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American Association of University Women will kick off this series of meetings with a program by Robyn Jones of Marylhurst University.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Marylhurst University Director of Enrollment Robyn Jones will speak about student debt at the Sept. 9 AAUW meeting at Oswego Heritage House. All are welcome to attend the free presentation.

Marylhurst University Director of Enrollment Robyn Jones will be the guest speaker at the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Lake Oswego branch meeting to be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 9 at Oswego Heritage House, 398 10th St., Lake Oswego. Jones will speak on "Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans." The event is free and open to all.

At graduation, the average woman owes $1,500 more than the average man in student debt. Jones will address the issue of student debt and its impact on students after college and what is being done to mitigate the burden.

As vice president for enrollment and student services, Jones directly oversees the development of enrollment strategies and admissions, financial aid, student services and the registration departments. Holding a Master of Business Administration in executive management from the University of Le Vern, Jones is well-qualified for her many responsibilities. Her prior experience ranges from campus director to regional director of enrollment at eight campus locations. Additional, she chaired a committee that developed and implemented a university-wide professional development program at her previous institution.

A recent report written by AAUW Senior Researcher Kevin Miller reveals that student debt drags down those seeking opportunity through higher education. This is especially true for low-income women, women of color, and women who drop out prior to graduation. This debt affects women heavily because women's earnings are less than men's earnings for the same or similar work. AAUW advocates for affordable college tuition, debt-free aid for low income students and resources to help students at risk of dropping out.

AAUW's mission is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. The Lake Oswego branch offers many opportunities for members to actively participate in the community, make friendships, learn and have fun. AAUW LO presents public programs most months on mission-based issues. Other programs include multiple book groups, lunch and dinner groups, and an Exploring Our Northwest group. For more information, contact Dixie Kroupa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-697-8028 or Pat Squire at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-675-9002. Visit lakeoswego-or.aauw.net to learn more.

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