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UVU Delegation Attends National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.

23 February 2015 No Comment

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton | 801-863-6807 | melindac@uvu.edu
Written by: Vegor Pedersen | 801-863-6042 | vegorp@uvu.edu

A delegation of faculty and students from Utah Valley University attended the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., Feb. 3-5. Students had the unique opportunity to interact with participants from different parts of the world as well as President Barak Obama, members of the U.S. Congress and more than 3,500 delegates.

“I am thrilled that our students participated at the National Prayer Breakfast and learned important lessons about building relationships and promoting positive values in government from this important global interfaith forum,” said David Connelly, chair of UVU’s History & Political Science department. “By attending the prayer breakfast this year, UVU strengthened its ties with NPB organizers, which will allow more UVU students to attend this great event in the coming years.”

The UVU delegation met with several federal and nonprofit entities to share the Utah International Mountain Forum (UIMF) agenda and invite them to contribute to the fourth International Women of the Mountains Conference, which the UIMF will host under the umbrella of the Mountain Partnership on Oct. 7-9, in Orem. These entities included the State Department, the United Nations Association of the USA, the National Endowment for Democracy, the International Republican Institute, the National Democratic Institute, the American Councils of International Education and the Open World Program of the Library of Congress, among others.

During discussions at the State Department, the UVU delegation was joined by representatives from the Mountain Institute and the Andrei Sakharov Foundation, who have been crucial partners in hosting past International Women of the Mountains conferences.

During the visit, the students also met with several ambassadors to the United States, including H.E. Elin Suleymanov from Azerbaijan; H.E., Dr. Alia Hatoug Bouran from Jordan; H.E. Zoran Jolevski, the former ambassador of Macedonia and currently a Minister of Defense; and United States Circuit Judge Thomas B. Griffith. The students invited the ambassadors to contribute to the upcoming conference.

“We were able to establish many personal connections with institutions and individuals interested in our conference and agenda,” said Jesler Molina, president of UIMF and one of three students attending the event; the other students were Andrew Allen and Jared Reni. “Our student organizing committee will be following up on the accomplishments of our visit, and I am sure that in October we will have a great event with many important dignitaries attending from all around the world.”

For more information about the event, visit http://utahimf.org/uimf-members-at-the-national-prayer-breakfast-and-advocating-for-the-gender-agenda-in-washington-d-c.

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