In celebration of Women’s History Month in March, the Lincoln Resource Center (LRC) and INTI International College highlighted women’s empowerment via a seminar on the subject with about 70 Malaysian students and faculty from the American Degree Transfer Program of INTI.
The panel of speakers comprising Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETA) Coordinators David Peterson, Julia Berryman, and Katie (Catherine) Schmittauer from the Malaysian American Commission on Educational Exchange (MACEE) described America as a diverse nation and then addressed the challenges and success stories of women in America. They emphasized that education was key in promoting every citizen’s potential, including girls and women. They gave examples of how several different colleges and universities all across the United States are providing opportunities and holistic education for students, including women, to hone their skills and become not only productive members of society but also prominent leaders in different fields, in and out of government. The team’s presentation emphasized that investing in the potential of the world’s women will achieve global economic progress and stability. They also informed the participants about the Department of State’s NEXXT Scholars program which offers female students from Muslim-majority populations educational opportunities focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Lincoln Resource Center (LRC) Director Gerard George spoke about the Embassy’s reference services the LRC’s network of Lincoln Corners, all which offer high quality American library resources, including on women’s empowerment, all available to students and the public free of charge.
Participants appreciated their opportunity to engage in a Lincoln Resource Center program which featured American Fulbright English Teaching Assistants with first hand experience of living and growing in the United States and in Malaysia. All participants received the LRC’s webliography (PDF 634 KB) which supported women’s empowerment, a topic many of the students were researching.