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OACD, Carl Albert Center Partner for 'Conservation Day at the Capitol'

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:17:07 CDT

OACD, Carl Albert Center Partner for 'Conservation Day at the Capitolí
The Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD) and the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma today announced that they will be working together to make 'Conservation Day at the Capitol' on March 24, 2014 a 'Take your Daughter (or son) to the Capitol Day'. According to OACD President Kim Farber, this new partnership is part of a larger effort on behalf of the Carl Albert Center to promote the consideration of public service as a career choice for all of Oklahoma's children, but especially a choice for young women.

"OACD is excited to be involved in this partnership," Farber said. "As the first woman President of OACD, I feel honored to have this chance to help spur the next generation of Oklahomans, especially our young girls, to consider the idea of working in public service and taking part in public involvement and community action. We work to protect and conserve our natural resources and there is no greater natural resource than our children."

A project of the Carl Albert Center at OU, The Women's Leadership Initiative seeks to address the historic under-representation of women in politics, public service, and other leadership roles. The mission of the initiative is to educate, inspire and empower women to become political leaders through a series of educational initiatives designed specifically for women in Oklahoma. Studies show that young women are less likely than young men to consider a career in elective office and public service. The Carl Albert center works to change this perspective and help children learn about the legislative process, grow their interest in government and feel empowered to consider careers in public service and elected office.

"The Women's Leadership Initiative is excited to be partnering with OACD," said Lauren Schueler, Assistant Director. "We hope by getting more young children, especially young girls, exposed to public service that we are able not only to inspire them to dream bigger through civic engagement but also empower them to pursue those dreams. In addition, we are thankful to the Halliburton Foundation for their support which made producing the handout materials possible."



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