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Salt Lake Community College President to Talk Empowerment in Women’s Week Keynote Address

Salt Lake Community College President Cynthia Bioteau will offer the keynote address at the 2012 University of Utah Women’s Week celebration.

March 12, 2012 – Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) President Cynthia Bioteau will offer the keynote address at the 2012 University of Utah Women’s Week celebration. This year’s theme, “Powerful Beyond Measure: Women, Work, and Education” will honor the achievements women have made professionally and the importance of education in those achievements. Bioteau will speak on Wednesday, March 21 at noon in the Olpin Student Union Ballroom. All Women’s Week events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

“This is an important time in the relationship between the university and Salt Lake Community College,” said Octavio Villalpando, associate vice president for Equity and Diversity at the University of Utah. “We recently created a partnership to provide a seamless transfer process between the two institutions. The initiative will focus on increasing access for students of color to the university, support student retention and help ensure that transfer students successfully graduate.”

Bioteau is the 7th president and the first woman CEO to lead the SLCC. She has worked for over 35 years in the fields of education, mental health and business, and has brought that experience together to provide what is described as her “passion for accessible and critical education for all community members.”

“We’re delighted that president Bioteau will give the Women’s Week keynote address,” said Jennifer Williams Molock, assistant vice president for Student Equity and Diversity at the University of Utah and the Women’s Week committee chair. “Salt Lake Community College is an invaluable partner for the University of Utah, especially around our mutual goals of enhancing the gender and racial diversity of our student population. President Bioteau’s accomplishments fit perfectly with this year’s theme of ‘Powerful Beyond Measure: Women, Work, and Education.’”

A one-day conference, “Women: Powerful Beyond Measure,” has been added to the Women’s Week agenda. It will open with an address by Jill B. Jones, whose research focuses on gender issues related to work, health care and the global economy. She is the co-author of “Casino Women: Courage in Unexpected Places,” a pioneering look at the female face of corporate gaming. The full list of Women’s Week events includes:

  • Monday, March 19
    Opening reception – “Utah Women: Powerful Beyond Measure”
    4:00 p.m. Olpin Student Union Lounge and Gallery

Community screening of “Miss Representation”
7:00 p.m. Salt Lake Community College, Grand Theater

  • Tuesday, March 20
    Campus screening of “Miss Representation”

    3:00 p.m. Marriott Library Gould Auditorium
  • Wednesday, March 21
    One-Day Conference

    Women Powerful Beyond Measure

    Olpin Student Union, Saltair Room (unless noted)
    8:30 a.m. Jill B. Jones, co-author “Casino Women: Courage in Unexpected Places,”
    10:30 a.m. The Historically Black Sorority Movement: Frances P. Battle, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Kathleen Christy, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
    Noon Keynote Address: Cynthia Bioteau, president, Salt Lake Community College,
    Olpin Union Ballroom
    2:00 p.m. University of Utah Women Student Leaders
  • Thursday, March 22
    Refugee Women and Their Challenges in Work and Education

    Noon Hinckley Institute Caucus room 255

Women Networking for Success
4:30 p.m. Career Services Conference room 380

  • Friday, March 232012 Edie Kochenour Memorial Lecture
    “Girls are Bad at Math and Science…or Are They?

    Janet Hyde, Ph.D.
    Noon, Orson Spencer Hall Auditorium
    Registration is required.
  • At Work: Prints from the Great Depression
    Utah Museum of Fine Art
    The exhibit runs through May 6, 2012

Each year during Women’s Week, the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women and the Office for Equity and Diversity present The Linda K. Amos Award for Distinguished Service to Women in recognition of a University of Utah female staff or faculty member who has selflessly given time and energy to improve the educational and/or working environment for women at the university.  The commission has selected Dr. Carrie Byington, as the 2012 recipient. Byington is vice chair of the University of Utah, department of Pediatrics, the Edna Benning Presidential Professor of Pediatrics, and associate director of the University of Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

Byington is a highly respected clinician in General Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases, and a successful independent investigator who is known nationally for her pioneering work in understanding the viral mechanisms of fever in young infants. To learn more about the Linda K. Amos award please visit:

The 2012 Women’s Week at the University of Utah is sponsored by the Office for Equity and Diversity. This year’s co-sponsors include the American West Center, the Gender Studies program and University Marketing & Communications. For a full list of sponsors and partners and for details about all Women’s Week events call 801-581-4250 or visit: