Sept. 6, 2012 -- Mount St. Mary’s College President Ann McElaney-Johnson, in partnership with Scripps College President Lori Bettison-Varga, announces a forum for Latin American women to share ideas for social change, economic empowerment and increased political influence.
In March 2013, MSMC will join Scripps in co-hosting the Institute for Women’s Leadership in Latin America as part of the colleges' involvement in the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) founded in 2011 by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The two women's colleges, along with Mills College, make up the West Coast contingent of the WPSP. Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and Wellesley College also are working to engage and inspire future generations of women leaders in the U.S. and around the world.
The WPSP envisions a world in which political and civic leadership is at least 50 percent female by 2050. The Project will identify and educate the next generation of women committed to public service, create an infrastructure of support and mentoring, and remove barriers preventing more women from entering public service and government leadership -- goals in solid alignment with MSMC's priorities.
"The overall Project and our upcoming Institute for Women's Leadership in Latin America fit in beautifully with the Mount’s commitment to education, leadership and service in a women-centered environment,” McElaney-Johnson said. “Public service is a powerful way for women to transform their communities and the world.”
"Women drive positive political and social change in our increasingly inter-connected societies," said Bettison-Varga. "This Institute comes at a dynamic time around the globe and in Latin American countries."
This intensive, nine-day Institute at MSMC and Scripps primarily seeks to engage early- and mid-career women from Latin America. The Institute will combine presentations, small group workshops and informal discussions centered on the advancement of women in both government and non-government organizations serving the public sector.
For more details and to watch video of McElaney-Johnson and Bettison-Varga discussing the Institute, click here.