African Lioness Symposium

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African Lioness Symposium

Tese Foundation and the UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies within Global Affairs are hosting a symposium followed by a reception.

The Inaugural African Lioness Symposium is themed Empowering a Generation: Reflections by African Women. It is the first of its kind in California!

World-renowned international guests from Africa and African Diaspora will take the stage sharing their riveting success stories and struggles. These are the “African Lionesses”—the true gems of Africa.

There will be interactive panels bringing to UC Davis distinguished speakers and representatives from BWOOPA Sacramento League.

Debates on controversial topics such as WOMEN AND...

  • Genital cutting
  • Child marriages
  • Breaking the glass ceiling
  • Human Rights
  • STEM
  • UC Davis Principles of Community
  • Learning, teaching, research and public service
  • Needs of a global society
  • Equity, Justice, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Charity and Compassion
  • Health
  • And much more!

Considering the relevance of the topics discussed, faculty encouraging attendance of their students may wish to provide extra credit.

Free Admission - RSVP at Eventbrite

Live Entertainment

Afro Vibes dance crew and African Drumers

Dress Code

Encouraged African Attire


A reception serving African delicacies will follow the symposium.


Tese Foundation and the UC Davis Blum Center for Developing Economies


UC Davis Office of Campus and Community Relations, UC Davis African American and African Studies Department, UC Davis ADVANCE Program, Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science (CAMPOS), Davis Network for Africa, PERIOD @UCDAVIS, Cindy Pickett for Davis School Board, Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Department and the Davis International House

Note: Preceding this event is the 4th Annual Hats Off to Diversity High Tea Fundraiser at the Veterans Memorial Center, November 4, from 2PM–5PM. This event is sold out months in advance, so please secure your tickets via Eventbrite.