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NCC Welcomes Gillian Martin Sorenson Honoring International Women’s Day, March 8, 2012

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In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2012, the Sierra College Nevada County Campus is pleased to host Ms. Gillian Martin Sorensen, a former United Nations Assistant Secretary General.  Ms. Sorensen’s presentation entitled “Women and Men Changing the World Together” will address women’s health, education, and empowerment through United Nations programs around the world.

Ms. Sorensen’s presentation will be held from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Center, N12-103, on the Nevada County Campus, located at 250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley CA. This is a FREE event and the community is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Such events are being held throughout the world to inspire and celebrate women and their achievements. The importance of leadership in all governments and cultures supporting women and men as equals is a primary goal of UN programs. Wars, forced migrations, and poverty strike women and children the hardest. Ms. Sorensen will speak of such crises, but she also will provide many examples of successes in education and peacekeeping. She will talk about the new UN role of asserting the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) peoples in nations where genocide threatens, such as in the recent case in Libya.

The UN with the help of the United States and the international nonprofit organizations  make a positive difference in the world. Through her life’s work Ms. Sorensen can point to many examples of creativity and leadership present when women and men work together.  Time will be available for students and staff to ask Ms. Sorensen questions.  

Gillian Martin Sorensen

Gillian Martin Sorensen, formerly United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for External Relations is now Senior Advisor at the United Nations Foundation as an advocate for the UN and United States leadership at the United Nations. From 1997 to 2003, on appointment by Secretary-General Kofi Annan she was responsible for outreach to non-governmental organizations and was the contact for the Secretary-General with parliamentarians, the academic world, religious leaders, and other groups committed to peace, justice, and human rights.

Sorensen addresses audiences as diverse as Rotary International and the Air Force Academy, university students and faculty. Gillian is a strong proponent of the UN’s programs worldwide for women’s and girl’s health, education and empowerment. She is at ease sharing her experience and perspective with both large and small groups.

Sorensen is a graduate of Smith College and studied at the Sorbonne. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Women’s Foreign Policy Group. She is a Fellow at the University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy.

For more information about this event, contact Kelly Angulo at: or (530) 274-5287. This is a free event, however there is a $2 parking fee on campus. Permits can be purchased from the dispenser at the campus entrance.

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