Challenges today are global in nature and are best addressed through global responses with diverse voices engaged. However, those most vulnerable, people and particularly women of color, are not adequately represented at the policy tables where decisions are being made. This discussion will examine some of those challenges, particularly infectious disease, and the impact of those challenges on the most vulnerable communities.
Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins is the Founder and Executive Director of the Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS) nonprofit organization. She is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Schools of Nursing and Veterinary Medicine. She is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Previously, she was a Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House. She was also an ambassador at the U.S. Department of State from 2009-17, where she served as Special Envoy and Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation and as the U.S. representative to the 30-nation G-7 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction, where she chaired the Global Partnership in 2012. She was also a leading U.S. official in the launch and implementation of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), a multi-sectoral initiative dedicated to reducing infectious disease threats around the world. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center, and several other degrees of higher education. She was also a Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the JFK School of Government, Harvard University. Jenkins is also a veteran of the U.S. Naval Reserves.
This event is being cosponsored by the UMass Boston CLA Dean’s Office; Africana Studies Dept; Anthropology Dept; Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance Dept; Economics Dept; History Dept; Philosophy Dept; Political Science Dept; Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Dept and Human Rights Minor; the Honors College; the William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences; the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy; the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development; and the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies.