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Larson to speak at Penn State International Women's Day Breakfast

Dr. Janelle Larson
Dr. Janelle Larson, associate professor of agricultural economics and head of the Division of Engineering, Business and Computing

Dr. Janelle Larson, associate professor of agricultural economics and head of the Division of Engineering, Business and Computing at Penn State Berks, will be the keynote speaker at the Penn State University Office of Global Programs fifth annual breakfast in celebration of International Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. in the boardroom of the Nittany Lion Inn. Larson’s research interests are focused on international rural development, with work primarily on land and labor markets. Her presentation is titled: “Engaging Universities in International Development: The CYEC-PSU Model.”

During the breakfast, the Spirit of Internationalization Award, which acknowledges women from Penn State University and the local community who excel in academic achievements, artistic excellence, volunteerism in international organizations or dedication to advancing the status of women, will be presented to a nominee by Penn State’s University Office of Global Programs. Larson, a 2011 recipient of the Spirit of Internationalization award, is currently involved in a multi-disciplinary collaborative effort with the Children and Youth Empowerment Centre (CYEC) in Nyeri, Kenya. The CYEC is a dynamic and innovative residential and educational program for street dwelling children. Its aim is to address specific gaps in the care and support of disadvantaged children and youth, including program sustainability and the successful reintegration of these young people into society. In her presentation, Larson will share the success stories and challenges of this project.

International Women’s Day, officially observed on March 8, is celebrated by universities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals around the world in the form of rallies, festivals, conferences, performances, and more. Originating in the early 1900s, the day has long been an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements as well as to draw attention to pressing issues affecting women worldwide.

To make reservations for the International Women’s Day Breakfast, or for more information about the event or the award, contact Sandi Richter, special events coordinator, University Office of Global Programs, at 814-863-5973 or SMR274@psu.edu. Tickets for the breakfast are $12 per person. All tickets purchased via cash or personal check will contribute to the Children and Youth Empowerment Centre by way of Zawadi Fund International. Checks may be made out to “Zawadi Fund International” and mailed to Sandi Richter at The Pennsylvania State University, 410 Boucke Building, University Park, PA 16802-5901.

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