berea spring '14

"Empowering Women for Global Leadership" - WPSP Course at Berea College Spring 2014 Berea College Berea, KY

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Berea College, Berea, Kentucky

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The Berea College Spring Course, entitled “Empowering Women for Global Leadership,” is a course made possible by the Berea College Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Peace and Social Justice and Political Science programs in association with the Women in Public Service Project. This flagship course aims to equip student participants with the necessary skills and knowledge base needed for pursuing positions of leadership at the local and national levels of their respective countries.

Guest speakers from various multilateral and global institutions engaged the students in active dialogue pertaining to a global topic of choice, e.g., sex trafficking, violence against women, poverty, gender gap, etc., and assessed a series of case studies and feminist action plans, including the development of social networks. Speakers included, but are not limited to, Judge Nancy Gertner; Former Pakistani Member of Parliament, Farahnaz Ispahani; World Bank’s Director of Gender and Development, Jeni Klugman; Executive Director of Law Asia Leadership, Dr. Susan Weld; and Founder of Enscient Corporation, Shelly Kapoor Collins.

The course challenges students to tie together the diverse areas of their program and interpret scholarship on gender through shared inquiry in the classroom. It is the first program of its kind at Berea College, with 11 students participating during the current spring term. The course is being coordinated and moderated by Peggy Rivage-Seul of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and Dr. Rangita de Silva de Alwis of the Wilson Center’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and Women in Public Service Project.

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