When: 9:00 AM - 11:15 AM Where: Provo City Council Chambers (Mezzanine Level) 351 W Center St, Provo, UT 84601
Join us for a free breakfast and lecture series featuring some of Provo’s most established influencers, academics, social advocates, philanthropists, and thinkers. You’ll meet women who are changing the face of Provo with their passion and personal and professional projects. Bring your daughters, sisters, mothers, neighbors, and friends!
Breakfast with Mayor Michelle Kaufusi! 9:00 AM Enjoy a free breakfast and kick off Provo Women's Day with Mayor Michelle Kaufusi including a discussion about women in politics.
Janalee Emmer: Women in Art 9:30 AM Dr. Janalee Emmer received her doctorate in art history at Pennsylvania State University and her masters and bachelors at BYU. She has taught at Ohio Wesleyan University, the University of Tennessee, and Bucknell University. Her area of study is Modern and Contemporary art, with a particular interest in nineteenth-century French art and women artists from the nineteenth century to the present. At the BYU MOA, she works as a curator and the head of educational programming. She has recently worked on several exhibitions featuring women artists, including Minerva Teichert, Jann Haworth, Nina Katchadourian, and Danae Mattes. She is currently working on an exhibition showcasing women artists from the MOA’s permanent collection.
Julie Valentine: Sexual Assault in Utah: Working together to end sexual violence 9:55 AM Dr. Julie Valentine is an Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University College of Nursing and a certified adult/adolescent sexual assault nurse with Wasatch Forensic Nurses. Her clinical specialty and research focus areas are sexual violence, intimate partner violence, violence against women, and criminal justice system response to sexual violence. Dr. Valentine focuses on multidisciplinary, collaborative research studies uniting disciplines in sexual assault case reform to benefit victims and case processing. She served on the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) Act Working Group in the development of national best practice policies in sexual assault cases through the National Institute of Justice. In addition, Dr. Valentine served on the BYU Advisory Council on Campus Response to Sexual Misconduct which investigated Title IX implementation and recommended substantial policy and structural changes.
Tamu Smith: They call her Mara: Women are the heroes of humanity 10:20 AM Tamu Smith is a multimedia influencer and author (www.sistasinzion). She travels the nation delivering inspirational messages. Writing is her passion and one of the tools she uses to break down barriers in her community. She has long been an advocate for the voiceless and a champion of diversity in Provo. In fact it was her desire to create safe spaces for children and those who are “different” that caught the Governor's attention. At his request she has served on the states Black Advisory Council. She has also had the privilege of serving on several committees in Provo at the request of Mayor Curtis. She is currently collaborating with Exhale studio on a feature film “Jane & Emma”, about the friendship of Emma Hale Smith and Jane Elizabeth Manning James, a Black Mormon. Pioneer.
Roni Jo Draper: Creating a Welcoming Community for Our LGBTQIA+ Family and Friends 10:45 AM Roni Jo Draper, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Teacher Education in the David O. McKay School of Education at Brigham Young University. She is a former high-school mathematics teacher and is particularly proud of her work serving students at risk of not graduating from high school. Roni Jo currently serves on the Executive Board of the Global Women’s Studies program at BYU and teaches courses in multicultural education, literacy education, and global women’s studies. Currently, her research focuses on teacher education and the challenge of straight teacher educators preparing straight teachers to create safe and affirming classrooms for LGBTQIA+ children and families. In addition to her work at the university, Roni Jo serves as the Vice-president of the PFLAG Provo/Utah County, on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Utah, on the National Board of Directors of the ACLU, and on the Board of Trustees of Provo Pride. Roni Jo is a lover, a mother, an educator, a knitter, an activist, a peacemaker, a dancer, an author, a baker, and a warrior.
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