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Mills College Students Invited to Women in Public Service Project Institute for Women’s Leadership

Oakland, CA–March 08, 2013 Five Mills College students have been invited to attend the Women in Public Service Project’s (WPSP) Institute for Women’s Leadership in Latin America at Scripps College.

Mills College, Scripps College, and Mount St. Mary’s College joined forces to plan the Institute as a way to facilitate discourse and dialogue between women political leaders. As part of the Institute, 30 women from 16 countries will come together for discussions, networking, and policy work groups. Expert panelists will lead group discussions and networking activities with the goal of promoting WPSP’s objective of having a world in which political and civic leadership is at least 50 percent female by 2050.

Opening ceremonies will feature a keynote address by Maria Echaveste and Josefina Vázquez Mota with a special video message from Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile and current Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. Maria Echaveste is the former Deputy Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton and the co-founder of the Nueva Vista Group. Josefina Vázquez Mota was a 2012 presidential candidate in Mexico and formerly served as Mexico’s Secretary of Public Education.

Students from each college will be participating in a guided study and will have the opportunity to engage with participants and speakers at select sessions and events. Panels include “Power of Voice: Making a Compelling Case on Behalf of Women” and “From Grassroots to Global: Organizing Strategies and Women in Latin America and Economic Empowerment and Women’s Leadership.”

Mills students selected to attend the Institute are Alheli Cuenca, Laurel James, Natalie Diaz, Claudia Hernandez, and Patricia Black. The Institute runs from March 12–21, 2013.

In 2015, Mills will host its own WPSP Institute focused on women from Latin America, working in collaboration with other women’s colleges and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to engage and inspire future generations of women leaders in the United States and around the world.


Last Updated: 3/8/13