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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Women Leaders Visit Boyd School of Law, Meet with Faculty

Women dignitaries visit the Boyd School of Law on Sept. 22. Boyd faculty members pictured above
include: Fatma Marouf, Ann McGinley, Elizabeth MacDowell, Leslie Griffin, and Stacey Tovino.

A group of women foreign dignitaries from around the globe on Sept. 22 visited the William S. Boyd School of Law to meet with members of the Boyd community as part of a multi-regional project titled “Women Leaders: Promoting Peace and Security.”

Invited to the U.S. under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the visit was arranged by the World Affairs Council of Las Vegas to promote citizen diplomacy, learn about support for women leaders, and engage the Las Vegas community. The Boyd School of Law was one stop on the Las Vegas tour, which included visits to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Aid for Aids of Nevada, and Congress of Racial Equality, among others.

Participating in the cultural exchange were several Boyd faculty members. The group discussed the challenges that women in the U.S. faced in terms of gender discrimination, and the legal protections that now exist to promote equality in employment and other sectors.

IVLP participants are selected by U.S. embassies to travel to the U.S. to meet and confer with their professional counterparts. The women dignitaries represented 14 different countries, including Azerbaijan, Burma, Cyprus, Egypt, Ghana, Hungary, India, Iraq, Kenya, Macedonia, Philippines, South Africa, Republic of South Sudan, and Suriname.