Speaker: Mayor Michelle Kaufusi -- Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufusi: Women in Politics
Musician: Christina Freeman
We are happy to welcome Mayor Michelle Kaufusi, Provo's first female mayor, to speak to us at Utah Valley Oasis.
About Mayor Kaufusi (from her blog)
"I was raised here in Provo by a single mom who worked graveyard shifts as a nurse to take care of her seven children. My mother’s load wasn’t easy and she worked incredibly hard, but because she chose to stay here in Provo we had a substantial amount of support. My neighborhood became a big enveloping family to my siblings and me.
Provo’s unique welcoming attitude and service-oriented community was a boon to my mother when she needed to know her kids would be safe in this town when she couldn’t be around. I grew up with a sense of duty to serve the community and give back what was so generously given to my family.
I know well the uphill battles many women face in our community. I’ve seen mothers showing up day-after-day to improve the lives of their children in our school system. I see our female student population putting an emphasis on education. I’ve watched many women in our community live courageous lives full of children, grandchildren, and church and community service.
Many times I have been that mother driving the carpool routes in sweats and sandals, with a half-eaten sandwich on the dashboard, trying to solve all the world’s problems at once. My hope is that the women of our city will come to know that they have an advocate in the mayor’s office who understands their lives and shares their hopes and dreams. I may be the first female mayor, but I will certainly not be the last."
Doors open at 10:00 a.m. for coffee and conversation.
Meeting begins promptly at 10:30 a.m. with live music.
Childcare is provided. Everyone is welcome!
Bring some food to share if you’d like.
Southworth Hall, 116 W Center Street in Provo
Utah Valley Oasis is a secular alternative to faith based community. Oasis welcomes everyone to join us for our monthly Sunday morning gathering which consists of discussion, a secular talk, coffee and snacks, and live music from some of the valley’s best.