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The Women in Public Service Project: Conflict Transformation Through Economic Development and Innovation

June 3-4, 2013 
Keynote: Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. Engaging Women in Political Leadership and Public Service 

The Women in Public Service Project began as an initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the Five Sisters women’s colleges – Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith and Wellesley. The initiative will provide vital momentum to the next generation of women leaders who will invest in their countries and communities, provide leadership for their governments and societies, and help change the way global solutions are developed. The Women in Public Service Project envisions a world in which political and civic leadership is at least 50 percent female by 2050.

Engaging Women in Political Leadership and Public Service: Congresswoman Niki Tsongas


The Gendered Political Economy of Building Peace in Conflict-Affected Area

Carol Cohn, Ph.D., Director, Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights, UMass Boston
Sandy McElvoy, Ph. D., Associate Director, Consortium on Gender Security and Human Rights, UMass Boston
Ghazal Zulfiqar, Ph. D. candidate, McCormack School of Public Policy, UMass Boston
Amani El-Jack, Assistant Professor of Women's Studies, UMass Boston
Kade Finnoff, Assistant Professor of Economics,UMass Boston 

The Role of Women and Healthcare in Country Development

Dr. Bernice Dahn, Deputy Minister of Health Services and Chief Medical Officer for the Ministry of Health, Liberia
Dr. Ophelia Weeks, Dean, T.J.R. Faulkner College of Science and Technology, University of Liberia; 
Dr. Mairead Collins, research and team officer for EAPPI 
Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Medicine, Director orf UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Associate Provost of Global Health
Carol Bova, PHD., RN, ANP, Professor of Nursing and Medicine. 

Sharing STEM: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Community Engagement

Dr. Renetta Tull, Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development & Postdoctoral Affairs
University of Maryland Baltimore County
Maria Nandadevi Cortes-Rodriguez, UMBC
Erika Nesvold Physics, UMBC
Professor Yildiz Ecevit, Professorial Chair, Department Sociology & Head, Gender and Women Studies graduate programs at Middle East Technical University, Ankara
Professor Alkim Akyurtlu, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UMass Lowell
Dr. Julie Chen, Vice Provost for Research, UMass Lowell
Dr. Laura Mamo, Health Equity Institute, Associate Professor Health Education, San Francisco State University

The Material Basis of Violence Against Women & Engaging Males in Promoting Change

Dr. Yakin Erturk, member of the Council of Europe, Committee for the Prevention of Torture
Donna Hackley, Student Ambassador and graduate student in Peace and Conflict Studies, UMass Lowell
Dr. Shawna Sweeney, Assistant Professor of Public Policy UMass Dartmouth

Working Towards Positive Peace

Professor Paula Rayman, Director, Peace and Conflict Studies, UMass Lowell
Suyheang Kry, Student Ambassador, and graduate student in Peace and Conflict Studies, UMass Lowell