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2nd Annual Women’s Empowerment Summit

Last week more than 130 students, staff, faculty and community members came together for the 2nd annual Women’s Empowerment Summit. This half-day seminar is this year’s signature event for the President’s Lecture Series on Diversity. It was co-sponsored by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement, the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women and the Medical School’s Office of Faculty and Student Diversity. The theme of this year’s event was “Healthy Personal and Professional Relationships.”

We were so fortunate to have Ohio Supreme Court Justice Yvette McGee Brown as the keynote speaker, her speech was the perfect way to start the summit. She shared many inspiring stories with the audience including stories of the obstacles that she overcame throughout her life and the relationships that helped her become the first African American woman to serve on Ohio’s highest court. If you were unable to attend the event, I highly recommend watching the video of it online. Click here to visit the Knowledge Stream website and view her speech.

Justice McGee Brown Addressing the Summit

After breakfast, Dr. Lisa Pescara Kovach, an associate professor in the Judith Herb College of Education, Health Science and Human Service presented on “Workplace Aggression.” Dr. Kovach had a powerful message for everyone in the room and she provided tools on what to do if you find yourself in a dangerous or uncomfortable situation in the workplace. If you would like to know more about Dr. Kovach’s work please visit the Culture Building Institute, click here to watch the video about bullying.

The second session featured Ms. Fatima Roohi Pervaiz, program coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Student Success teaching about healthy personal relationships. She specifically spoke about how women can negotiate safer sex at any age. For more information about Ms. Pervaiz’s presentation click here.

The final presentation was titled, “How to Get What You Want.” Dr. Margaret Hopkins, UT associate professor in the College of Business and Innovation facilitated the session that focused on how to succeed and help others succeed in the professional world. The group worked together to come up with advice and tools. It was the perfect way to end the summit.

This was a wonderful conference from start to finish. As the co-chair of the President’s Lecture Series on Diversity I couldn’t be more proud of the committee for hosting another wonderful conference. We would like to thank all of the presenters who took time out of their busy schedules to share their knowledge and for all of the guests for attending. To receive information about next year’s summit follow us on Facebook by clicking here.

We have extra materials and resources from the conference, if you would like a copy please contact

Thanks for reading and I hope to see all of you at the upcoming diversity week events!

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The Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement strives to create an organizational culture that is welcoming to all individuals regardless of their age, color, ethnicity, gender, religion, disabilities, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and national origin. This culture will result in an environment that allows individuals to have the opportunity to excel in all aspects of their academic and professional endeavors.

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