By Hui Wilcox
For the upcoming International Women’s Day, St. Catherine University invited Dr. Teguest Guerma to be the featured speaker, who graciously accepted. Dr. Teguest will deliver the public keynote “A Women's Journey Towards Global Leadership,” on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7 p.m. in Rauenhorst Ballroom on St. Kate’s St. Paul campus.
Dr. Teguest’s distinguished career includes founding LeDeG Midwifery College in Ethiopia, leading the African Medical and Research Foundation, directing the HIV/AIDS Department of the World Health Organization (WHO) Headquarters, and representing the WHO African Region at the United Nations Headquarters. Prior to those, she represented WHO and engaged in HIV/AIDS and STI-related work in Botswana, Congo, and Nepal.
Passionate about women’s and girls’ empowerment and leadership, Dr. Teguest will focus her keynote talk and interview on the challenges and opportunities for women’s leadership in the context of global health.
The Endowed Fund for Women’s Education at St. Catherine University has underwritten the celebration of International Women’s Day since March 2017. This event has become a tradition at St. Catherine University and helps establish our University as a place for community celebrations of and international exchanges about women’s leadership and empowerment. The goals of the International Women’s Day Celebration are:
- To highlight and strengthen St. Catherine University’s mission to educate women to lead and influence;
- To showcase the impact of women’s leadership in interconnected local and global communities;
- To expand faculty, staff, student and community understanding of women’s leadership and empowerment in the context of social justice work that engage and integrate multiple perspectives: professional work, academic knowledge production, and artistic expressions;
- To inspire young women of diverse backgrounds to aspire to leadership and empowerment; and
- To build communities that foster these understandings and aspirations.
We are eager to learn from and draw inspiration from Dr. Teguest's rich experience and unique perspective. We also look forward to building sustained partnership with Dr. Teguest and her school for midwives. The School of Health will co-sponsor and co-host her week-long stay at St. Catherine University, which includes classroom presentations and professional workshops.
Hui Wilcox, PhD, is the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Endowed Chair in Women's Education and Director of the Otte Initiative at St. Catherine University. She is an associate professor of sociology, women's studies and critical studies of race/ethnicity.