Roundtable and Community Forum on Empowering Women and Communities to take Place in Los Angeles this Weekend


Contact:  
Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov
Tenicka Boyd, Onsite, (202) 738-3324


Event Date 1: February 25, 2012 12:30 pm - 03:00 pm
Event Date 2: February 26, 2012 02:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Empowering women for leadership is the theme of a two-day roundtable and community forum on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25 - 26, in Los Angeles. Representatives from the offices of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the White House and U.S. Department of Education will be among the participants. The Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, director of the Department’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, will moderate the sister-to-sister roundtable—“Why Our Voices Matter: Empowering Women as Leaders”—from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Praises of Zion Baptist Church. Tyra Mariani, deputy chief of staff in the Department’s Office of the Secretary, will also participate. The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the Western Baptist State Convention of California are sponsoring the roundtable.

On Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Second A.M.E. Church, Girton-Mitchell will moderate a community empowerment forum on such issues as educational equity, childhood obesity, and the economy and job recovery. She will highlight the Administration’s efforts to reform education and ensure a quality education for all children. Girton-Mitchell will also focus on the First Lady’s initiative “Let’s Move!” to combat obesity in children, especially among minority students. Heather Foster, associate director of the White House’s Office of Public Engagement, and Mariani will join the discussion. The forum is sponsored by the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and the National Congress of Black Women.


Event 1
Who : Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, director of the Department’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Tyra Mariani, deputy chief of staff, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
Carnisia Proctor, senior program officer, Office of Post-Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
Dru Ealons, director, Office of Public Engagement, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Jovette Gadson, program specialist, Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Housing and Urban Development
Rev. E. Terri LaVelle, director, Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Rev. Jannah Scott, deputy director, Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
What : Sister-to-sister roundtable on empowering women for leadership
When : 12:30 – 3 p.m. PT Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012
Where : Praises of Zion Baptist Church
8222 S. San Pedro
Los Angeles, Calif.
Event 2
Who : Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, director of the Department’s Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Tyra Mariani, deputy chief of staff, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
Heather Foster, associate director, Office of Public Engagement, White House
Carnisia Proctor, senior program officer, Office of Post-Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
Dru Ealons, director, Office of Public Engagement, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Jovette Gadson, program specialist, Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Housing and Urban Development
Rev. E. Terri LaVelle, director, Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Rev. Jannah Scott, deputy director, Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
What : Community empowerment forum
When : 2 – 4 p.m. PT Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012
Where : Second A.M.E. Church
5500 South Hoover St.
Los Angeles, Calif.
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