WE LEARN (Women Expanding Literacy Education Action Resource Network)

is a community promoting women’s literacy as a tool that fosters empowerment and equity for women.

Donna Jones, San Francisco, CA

Donna Jones speaking at conferenceDonna Jones has been involved as a student leader in WE LEARN since 2006. She has used her talents to make many strong contributions to our work. She has been:

Donna encourages students in many ways, but especially to become confident writers. Donna offers workshops in her local area to encourage and improve student writing. She also advocates for women's empowerment through literacy and has been an inspiration to student leaders both in WE LEARN and in ProLiteracy. In her Fall 2009 column, Donna wrote:

“Being active in WE LEARN will put you in the place where you, too, can receive … strength, love and support. That is if you want and need it. Gener­ally, all of us at some point in our adult literacy lives need it. I will offer a small piece of advice: get in­volved with WE LEARN and it will be a heck of an experience.”

Student Scholarship Fund

Through the Student Scholarship Fund in honor of the work of Elizabeth Morrish, WE LEARN reserves funds designated for scholarships and stipends to adult learners for their participation in WE LEARN activities.

Examples include:

  • Awards for selected writing sent to Women’s Perspectives
  • Conference registrations
  • Travel-related expenses for conference and special events
  • Student participation on the board of directors, leadership development projects, and other student-focused activities

altThis fund operates solely from donations or special fundraising events. When making a donation, be sure to indicate your support to this fund.

How to receive an ABE student scholarship award….

  • Women’s PerspectivesSend your writing by the deadline. Be sure to follow the guidelines for the issue. From all the writings we receive, the Selection Committee chooses the ones that show outstanding effort and give clear expression to the theme. Cash awards are given in two categories, Honors and Honorable Mention.
  • Conference: Use the Application Form available on our conference web page. Forms are generally available in November and awards are made in January prior to the conference.
  • Leadership activities: As available. Please, watch for announcements.

Our ability to give financial awards or stipends depends on how much we have in the fund account. We have no set amount for any award.

Elizabeth Morrish (1952-2003)

WE LEARN’s Student Scholarship Fund was created to honor the memory of Elizabeth Morrish and to commemorate her work and commitment to adult learners. A creative teacher and strong women's advocate, Elizabeth was committed to working with learners on issues of health and violence, especially as they affect women. Elizabeth worked for World Education from 1995 to 2003. Her roles included Director of the Women, Violence, and Adult Education Project, Literacy Specialist for the Health Education and Literacy (HEAL) Project, Director of the Statewide Technical Assistance Program, and Project Coordinator for the Channing L. Bete Company Evaluation Project. At the time of her passing, Elizabeth had been supporting WE LEARN in our early development. Many of our founding members were friends and colleagues to Elizabeth. We still miss her vision, energy, and guidance.

Some of Elizabeth’s work and writing can still be found on the Internet:

  • The Change Agent: Issue 4, Feb. 1997 with focus on Health & Literacy Several articles authored by Elizabeth
  • HEAL: BCC Curriculum Health Education and Adult Literacy: Breast & Cervical Cancer (Elizabeth contributed as a consultant on this project)
  • Ideas in Action: Participatory Health and Literacy Education with Adults
  • Forming a Health Team
  • Spiral Model
  • Reflections on the Women, Violence, and Adult Education Project in Focus on Basics, Volume 5, Issue C, February 2002.
  • Take on the Challenge: A Source Book from the Women, Violence, and Adult Education Project (2002)
  • Teachers' Concerns About Incorporating Health into Adult Education Field Notes, Vol. 10 #4, Health & Literacy, Spring 2001