The inaugural Women and Public Policy Week brings together the voices and expertise of UNO faculty, staff, students, community partners, and policymakers to discuss issues related to women and public policy across the city, state, and nation.
This is an opportunity for our community to learn more about the importance of diverse representation in the policy making process.”
- Jodi Benenson, originator of Women and Public Policy Week
Jodi Benenson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Public Administration, was the originator of the idea to develop events for our community to learn more about women and their role and voices with policymaking.
Here is a list of the events currently scheduled for Women and Public Policy Week. Additional time and location information will be updated as it becomes available. Please address any questions to Jodi Benenson at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details visit their Facebook page.
We hope you will join us for some of these events!
Monday, March 5Omaha Table Talk: Centering the Margins of Political Engagement.
Sponsored by Inclusive Communities, the League of Women Voters, UNO, and other local organizations.
During this event, participants will engage in a dialogue around how to engage in the policy process as an advocate, policymaker, volunteer, or other ways.
Film Screening: Zero Weeks: America’s Family Leave Crisis and the Cost of Doing Nothing.
Hosted by UNO in collaboration with the Buffett Early Childhood Institute, the Holland Children’s Movement, the Women’s Fund of Omaha, and Voices for Children.
This film weaves together powerful stories with insightful interviews from leading policymakers, economists, researchers and activists about paid family leave in the United States. The film will be followed by a discussion around paid family leave with community leaders, including Nebraska State Senator Sue Crawford.
Tuesday, March 6Workshop: Get Your Worth.
Hosted by the UNO Women’s and Gender Studies Program.
This workshop will prepare students to negotiate salary and benefits after they have been offered their first career-track job.
Workshop: Deeper in Debt: Student Debt is a Women's Issue.
Hosted by the American Association of University Women Nebraska Chapter.
This workshop will take a closer look at how student debt can affect women, particularly women of color, as they enter the workforce.
Wednesday, March 7Learn about: The National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum.
Hosted by the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum.
This event is for participants of all genders, ages, and races to come together to learn about the work this national organization is doing around policy that supports Reproductive Justice for AAPI women and gender non-conforming folks.
Film Screen: Anita: Speaking Truth to Power.
Hosted by the Women’s Center for Advancement.
This film is a documentary featuring Anita Hill Senate testimony of the repeated acts of sexual harassment she endured while working with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.
Thursday, March 8Mixer and Panel Discussion: Women in Criminal Justice.
6-8:30 P.M., CPACS Commons
Host by the UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Participants will have an opportunity to hear from women working in the field, who will describe the real challenges, triumphs, and motivations from women working in various Criminal Justice positions.
Friday, March 9Conference: No Limits! Student Research Conference: Gender and Activism in These Times.
9 A.M. – 5:30 P.M., Milo Bail Student Center
This conference will feature keynote speaker Dr. Beverly Guy-Sheftall, founding director of the Women's Research and Resource Center and Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women’s Studies at Spelman College.
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