WPSP - UMass Lowell

UMass Lowell Conference on Conflict Resolution through Economic Development and Innovation

Time and Place

UMass Lowell, Lowell, MA

Event Details

The WPSP Public University Consortium Initiative is hosting its inaugural event at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. This event will be a three day conference for emerging women leaders from 4 post-conflict countries, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Liberia, and Turkey. The conference is organized by the University of Massachusetts and co-sponsored by their public university consortium partners; Arizona State University, San Francisco State University, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County in conjunction with the U.S. State Department and Woodrow Wilson Center as part of the Women in Public Service Project.

The conference will take place from June 3-5, 2013. Participants at the UMass Lowell conference will have the opportunity to exchange experiences and expertise with each other and can avail themselves of peer-to-peer mentoring and networking. Leadership development and capacity building will focus on the particulars of economic development and innovation and the role they play in conflict transformation and sustainable peace.

Agenda

UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center
50 Warren Street
Lowell, MA 01852

Sunday, June 2, 2013

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Conference Registration
Location: Hallway outside Lower Locks Room, 1st Floor

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Welcome Dinner
Location: Lower Locks Room, 1st Floor

Monday, June 3, 2013

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Full Breakfast
Location: Middlesex & Concord rooms (portion of grand ballroom), 1st Floor

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Conference Registration
Location: Hallway outside Grand Ballroom, 1st Floor

8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Engaging Women in Political Leadership and Public Service
Location: Middlesex & Concord rooms (portion of grand ballroom), 1st Floor

9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Break

Session One

9:45 – 12:15 p.m. The Gendered Political Economy of Building Peace in Conflict-Affected States
Location: Middlesex & Concord rooms (portion of grand ballroom

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch – Optional Discussion Tables
Location: Middlesex & Concord rooms (portion of grand ballroom), 1st Floor

Session Two

1:30 – 4:00 p.m. The Role of Women and Healthcare in Country Development
Location: Middlesex & Concord rooms (portion of grand ballroom), 1st Floor

4:45 – 5:15 p.m. Wrap up

5:15 – 6:30 p.m. Free Time

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Buffet Dinner
Location: Lower Locks Room, 1st floor

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Full Breakfast Available
Location: Middlesex & Concord rooms (portion of grand ballroom), 1st Floor

Session Three

8:30 -10:45 a.m. Sharing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math): Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Community Engagement
Location: Middlesex & Concord rooms (portion of grand ballroom), 1st Floor

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Break

Session Four

11:00 – 1:00 p.m. The material basis of violence against women and engaging males in promoting change
Location: Middlesex & Concord rooms (portion of grand ballroom), 1st Floor

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch

Session Five

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Working Towards Positive Peace
Location: Middlesex & Concord rooms (portion of grand ballroom), 1st Floor

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Free Time

6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Celebration of Women in Public Service Dinner
Location: Inn & Conference Center Grand Ballroom, 1st Floor
Public Service Award Recipient – Farah Pandith, Special Representative to Muslim Communities – US State Department

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