Education

At the Eye of the Storm: Women and Climate Change

Struggling to save their failing crops. Walking farther afield to fetch clean water. Protecting their families from devastating storms and violent conflicts. “Women are usually the support systems for our family…we are the last to leave in the event of a catastrophe, which is why women and families are disproportionately hurt by climate catastrophes,” said Wilson Center President, Director, and CEO Jane Harman on June 23 during a conference on women and climate change.

WPSP Hosts Inaugural Student Scholar Day

On Thursday, April 14th the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) hosted its inaugural Student Scholar Day, an annual competition for students from WPSP partner colleges and universities who have conducted research in the field of women’s leadership or political participation. This year’s attendees included three students from Wellesley and Mount Holyoke Colleges who presented their findings on topics ranging from women’s military history to the African Union’s involvement in Burundi.

Protection and Prosperity: A New Environmental Research Agenda for a Changing World

“The nation is at an environmental crossroads where the confluence of unprecedented global environmental change and transformative new capabilities create both an imperative and a responsibility,” according to a report by the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education.

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova Speaks on the Importance of Education for Girls

On Wednesday, February 10th the Women in Public Service Project and Cesar Chavez Capitol Hill High School hosted UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova. Ms. Bokova spoke to an audience of approximately 30 female students from grades 6-12. Ms. Bokova spoke about the importance of youth voices in policy decisions at the national and international levels and shared her life experience as a female policymaker in her role as the current UNESCO Director General, as well as the former Minister for Foreign Affairs for Bulgaria and former Ambassador to France and Monaco.

Path to Prosperity: Empower, Educate, and Employ Youth to Realize the Demographic Dividend

In the course of development, most countries undergo a demographic transition. Health conditions improve and mortality rates decline, causing rapid population growth and a relatively high proportion of young people. Over time, if fertility declines, as it has in most places, growth slows and there is a period when the proportion of very young “dependents” shrinks in comparison to the working age population.

Connecting for Careers: Exchange Program for Brazilian Technical Students

In 2015, the Brazil Institute partnered with U.S.-Brazil Connect and the Aloca Foundation to organize a full-day seminar at the Colorado School of Mines for 108 Brazilian technical students, in collaboration with the CNI/SENAI/SESI school system in Brazil. Students came from over 20 municipalities in Brazil, including Belem, Belo Horizontes, Sao Luiz, Recife, Jaraqua do Sul, Curitiba, Porto Velho, Macapa, and Salvador to learn about careers in mining, with a focus on sustainability.

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