"Empowering Women for Global Leadership" - WPSP Course at Berea College Fall 2014 Berea College Berea, KY
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The Berea College Spring Course, entitled “Empowering Women for Global Leadership,” was made possible by the Berea College Women’s and Gender Studies, Peace and Social Justice, and Political Science programs in association with the Women in Public Service Project. This flagship course aimed 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 Chief Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Akiko Ito; Founder and CEO, Censeo Consulting, Raj Sharma; World Bank’s Director of Gender and Development, Jeni Klugman; Chief of the Civil Society Section of UN Women, Lopa Banerjee; Director of the Africa Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Monde Muyangwa; Dr. Rangita de Silva de Alwis; former Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW); Chief, Defender Services Office, Admin. Office of the U.S. Courts , Cait Clarke; former Senior Advisor, GWI, State Dept, June Shih; Co-Director, International Human Rights Clinic and Assistant Clinical Law Professor at Harvard Law School, Susan Farbstein and founder of the Harpswell Foundation, Alan Lightman.
The course challenged students to tie together the diverse areas of their program and interpret scholarship on gender through shared inquiry in the classroom. 19 students participated during the fall 2014 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.