"Race, Gender and Politics: The 2008 Presidential Campaign and Beyond"

TAMPA, Fla. (March 17, 2009) – As part of its celebration of Women’s Awareness Month, the Institute on Black Life (IBL) at USF will host a forum on the intersection of gender and race in electoral politics. Titled, “Race, Gender and Politics: The 2008 Presidential Campaign and Beyond,” the forum will take place on March 25 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in the IBL conference room, FAO 296.

The forum will explore women’s roles and visibility in President Obama’s administration and will feature a discussion with Doretha Edgecombe, one of the few black women in local Tampa Bay area politics. Edgecombe is a member of the Hillsborough County Public School Board (District 5), one of seven members responsible for making policy decisions and overseeing a budget of $3.2 billion for the eighth largest school district in the nation.

The goal of the forum is to inspire women students to become involved in political leadership locally, statewide and nationally.

For more information, contact Dr. Cheryl Rodriguez, director, Institute on Black Life at 974-5949.