The Honorable Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), the current chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, will give the keynote address for Case Western Reserve University's 2010 Stokes Leadership Symposium on Monday, March 22, at noon in Ford Auditorium.
In her free, public talk, Lee will address the topic, "Opportunities for All, Pathways out of Poverty: My Journey from Public Assistance to Public Service."
Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder will open this symposium with a welcome and introduction. After Lee speaks, Joseph White, the chair of the department of political science and Luxenberg Family Professor of Policy Studies, and David Miller, associate professor of social work at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, will comment and pose questions to begin a discussion with Lee. White will also moderate the engagement with the audience.
Since 1998, Lee has represented California's 9th Congressional District. She took the seat of retiring Congressman Ron Dellums in whose office she had interned.
In 2009 she took on an additional leadership role. Lee was sworn in as the chair of the 42-member Congressional Black Caucus, which works to overcome problematic social and economic issues facing minorities in the United States.
Her Congressional work includes serving on the House Appropriation Committee and several of its subcommittees: Financial Services; Health and Human Services/Labor/Education; State and Foreign Operations. She is a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, serving on the subcommittee on Africa and Global Health and the subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. Representative Lee also serves as Senior Democratic Whip on the House Leadership team .
She has been a leader in fighting for legislation to prevent to spread of HIV/AIDS at home and abroad. Those efforts have resulted the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria; and a special advisor for Orphans and Vulnerable Children. She has successfully pushed for the awarding of $48 million to refund PEPFAR over five years to continue the fight against AIDS and TB. She was also instrumental in the approval of National Black AIDS Awareness Day.
About the Louis Stokes Leadership Symposium: It is a public forum dedicated to leadership in public service and civic engagement as espoused by retired U. S. Rep. Louis Stokes. The symposium provides a platform for an individual who exemplifies these qualities to lead a thought-provoking discussion—among members of the campus, the Greater Cleveland community, and others—about the continuing importance and value of public leadership at the beginning of the 21st century. Louis Stokes (D-Ohio) was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 1968, and became the first African American member of Congress from the state of Ohio. He served 15 consecutive terms. He is a Visiting Senior Scholar at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University.
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