Leading Community Change with the Marin Women's Commission

The partnership of the Marin Women's Commission with Dominican University of California is guided by the mutual commitment that Women's Leadership effectively impacts systems' change so that Women of all ages are empowered, educated, and engaged in the Community. For more information: Marin Women's Commission (PDF)


Story of Cedric Jennings: Vision, Perseverance, Leadership

In 1998, Ron Suskind, then a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter for The Wall Street Journal, wrote an extraordinary book about a young man's journey from the inner city to the Ivy League. Cedric Jennings, now 27, graduated from Brown University in 1999. For more information: Cedric Jennings (PDF)


The Compton Foundation Symposium: "The Humanization of Globalization"

On April 8, faculty and student research was presented at Dominican University of California. Invited Speakers included: Dr. Francoise O. Lepage, Dean and Professor Emerita, School of Business and International Studies

and Ms. Mashuda Khatan Shefali, Executive Director of Nari Uddog

For more information, please click here: Compton Symposium Faculty and Student (PDF)

On April 7, Dr. Francoise O. Lepage and Ms. Mashuda Khatan Shefali gave an oral presentation on some topics they have been researching. These topics included:

  • "The Humanization of Globalization"
  •  "NUK, A Women's Initiative Center: Advancing Women's Economic Independence through Micro Credit and Garment Worker Programs."

For more information, please click here: Compton Symposium Keynote (PDF)

Celebration of Women's History Month: Women's History Week  2004 was presented by Dominican University of California's  Institute for Leadership Studies, Honors Program, and Expression Series


Service Leadership: Women as Agents of Change

Service Leadership reflects the value that the role of leaders is to serve others. We are honouring women leaders who have demonstrated that value and have been dynamic agents of social change. This is a special presentation by two women leading the global fight to improve the lives of women and children around the world.

  • Mashuda Khatan Shefali, Executive Director of Nari Uddog Kendra in Bangladesh will present the plight of female children in Bangladesh and the programs that are offered to educate and prepare them for future leadership roles.
  • Ethel Siederman, Executive Director, Parent Services Project, and recipient of the 2002 Heart of Marin Award will speak of the process and experience of empowering others to seek leadership in their communities.


Women in Leadership in Faith: Leading Marin's Faith Organizations

Roberta Swan, Program director of The Women in Leadership Faith study will present highlights of the study completed last year in cooperation with the Dominican University of California's Department of Humanities, Dominican's Institute for Leadership Studies and the Sufi Women Organization. The study of 34 women faith leaders in Marin County will be discussed by a panel of six faith leaders who will join Ms. Swan to speak on the following topics:

  • "Truth and Fiction: Muslim Women and the Veil"
    Dr. Nahid Angha, Muslim Sufi leader, author & founder, Sufi Women Organization.
  • "Hearing Women's Voices: New Interpretations of Sacred Texts"
    Rabbi Chai Levy, Assistant Rabbi at Kol Shofar in Tiburon.
  • "Social Justice as a Call to the Divine"
    Reverend Carol Hovis, Presbyterian, Spiritual Advocate, Canal Ministry.
  • "East Meets West, the Evolution of Buddhist Life"
    Reverend Fu Schroeder, Zen Buddhist, Head of Practice at Green Gulch Center.
  • "Striving for Women's Ordination"
    Ms. Carolyn Kellogg, Catholic, therapist and founding member of A Critical Mass.
  • "How Women Now Lead Within the Catholic Church"
    Sr. Susannah Malarkey. O.P., Dominican Sisters of San Rafael.