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Events | News | Arts and SciencesMarch 21, 2023

UAFS Democracy Project Celebrates Women of Achievement

To celebrate the achievements of local women, UAFS Democracy Project will mark Women’s History Month with a town hall event at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.

Women in Charge: Learning from the Experiences of Successful Women will feature a panel of Lori Brooks, vice president for consumer experience and marketing at ArcBest; Sharon Brooks, Sebastian County county clerk; Tammy Pacheco, owner of Alfa and Omega Multiservices; and Beth Presley, CEO of the Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club.

The event, at noon March 27 in the Reynolds Room in the Smith Pendergraft Campus Center, is free and open to the public. The UAFS Democracy Project is a campus-wide initiative that aims foster civic engagement and political participation on campus.

Dr. Williams Yamkam, associate professor of political science and chair of the UAFS Democracy Project, thinks the town hall will be valuable for those on campus and in the community.

“The purpose of the town hall is for our students and the public to be inspired by and to learn from the experiences of our panelists as we celebrate Women’s History Month,” he said.

The women will be asked to discuss their experiences in three areas, Yamkam said.

The personal journey: Panelists will have an opportunity to speak about their personal and professional journeys. They will be asked to explain how they got into their current fields and achieved their professional accomplishments.

The civic journey: They will be asked if and how they participate in civic life through activities like voting, educating themselves on current issues, and advocating for various causes.

Government Relations: Do panelists interact with government officials or agencies? How do government regulations impact their organizations?

 Those who cannot attend the event may watch the meeting as it is live-streamed. Click this link to register for the Zoom session.