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January 14, 2015 : Online Registration Open for Celebrate Women 2015
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager

 

Lancaster – Online registration is now open for Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington’s Celebrate Women 2015. You can register by going to www.ohio.edu/lancaster/events/celebratewomen.cfm .
 
The annual women’s conference is scheduled for March 20, and this year’s theme is “Making a Difference.”  The keynote speaker is Race and Gender Justice Activist Naomi Tutu. 
 
“Naomi Tutu is a wonderful example of women making a difference in the world,” said Dr. Pam Kaylor, coordinator of the event. “Our students, faculty, staff and community will have an amazing opportunity to learn a great deal from Tutu.”
 
Tutu is the third child of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nomalizo Leah Tutu. The challenges of growing up black and female in apartheid South Africa have been the foundation of Nontombi Naomi Tutu's life as an activist for human rights. Those experiences taught her that our whole human family loses when we accept situations of oppression and how the teaching and preaching of hate and division injure us all. In her speeches she blends this passion for human dignity with humor and personal stories.
 
Her professional experience ranges from being a development consultant in West Africa to being program coordinator for programs on race and gender and gender-based violence in education at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town. In addition Tutu has taught at the University of Hartford, University of Connecticut, and Brevard College in North Carolina. She served as program coordinator for the historic Race Relations Institute at Fisk University and was a part of the Institute's delegation to the World Conference against Racism in Durban.
 
“The conference will include panels throughout the day on energizing your life, your health, relationships, mentoring, and women making a difference in the arts, history, politics, and the workplace,” said Kaylor.
 
Partnering organizations working to put on this year’s conference include OHIO Women and the Ohio University Alumni Association