Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-02-29

Samford University will host a day-long program, Alabama Women Shaping Public Policy, Tuesday, March 11. The event is the second annual women's conference presented by the Birmingham Area Consortium on Higher Education (BACHE).

Specialists in a variety of issues pertinent to the lives of women will participate as speakers and panelists.

Topics include access to critical services for women and children, support for adolescent girls and leadership by women for women. Panelists will cover themes of healthcare, education, transportation and current social issues such as eating disorders.

Alabama state representative Patricia Todd, associate director, AIDS Alabama, will deliver the keynote address at 9 a.m.

Priscilla Hancock Cooper, writer, performer, producer and vice president of institutional programs, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, will be the noon luncheon presenter.

The program begins with registration in Samford's Harrison Theatre at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 3:30 p.m. An optional post-conference event will be a visit to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute for a viewing of Lives of Courage: Women Seeking Freedom and Justice in a World of Black and White at 5:30 p.m.

Registration is $50. Deadline is Friday, March 7. For registration information, visit the website at or call the Samford Metro Programs office at (205) 726-2898.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.