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UCO Looks to 'Empower Women, Change the World' With Conference

March 10, 2017

Media Contact: Sarah Neese, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, UCO University Communications, 405-974-2121,


In an effort to highlight issues affecting women across the world, the University of Central Oklahoma, in partnership with the University of Oklahoma College of International Studies and the Committee on Teaching about the United Nations, will host the Empower Women: Change the World Conference April 8 in the Nigh University Center on Central’s campus.

The one-day conference will focus on advocacy, leadership and educational issues related to women’s advancement in Oklahoma, the United States and the global community, including sessions designed to provide a space for connecting voices and efforts that promote awareness and action.

"We are excited to partner on this one-day conference to connect people from a wide range of institutions, organizations and advocacy groups, working to advance women in our local communities and global society,” said Jarrett Jobe, Ph.D., executive director of student leadership at Central.

“Providing the space to discuss and interact with one another will hopefully create a synergistic environment that will encourage women and men in Oklahoma to respond to the litany of issues facing women today.”

The keynote speaker for the conference is Virginia Gamba, an assistant secretary general and the head of the Joint Investigative Mechanism of the Security Council at the United Nations in New York, who deals with different aspects of modern disarmament issues, peace and security, and human security.

Students, faculty, staff and community members may attend the event at no cost. However, registration is required, with a continental breakfast and lunch included with registration.

For more information about the conference or to register, visit