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Jamia Jowers

Director, Obama Foundation Scholars Program, University of Chicago

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With over 10 years of experience in international affairs, Jamia Jowers designs and delivers strategic programming for rising global leaders through a newly developed curriculum, a one-of-a-kind toolkit, and unparalleled practitioner expertise in coordination with the Obama Foundation. Her multifaceted approach ensures scholars are well-equipped to return to their regions and thoughtfully confront and develop solutions to complex global challenges.

Jowers previously served as the associate director of student recruitment and global outreach as well as worked for the office of academic leadership, advancement, and diversity under the provost where she fostered a diverse and inclusive campus community through initiatives aimed at underrepresented minorities. Prior to that post, Jowers was a staffer with the National Security Council (NSC-African Affairs) and spent two years in the multilateral affairs office advocating for human rights and United Nations reform. In her position with the African Affairs Directorate, she was instrumental in the US-Africa Leaders Summit, which focused on trade, investment, and security on the continent. While in the Multilateral Affairs office, she contributed to the Atrocity Prevention Board, the US National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, and the Presidential Memorandum on International Initiatives to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQ Persons. Jowers received her BA in political science from the University of Illinois and her MA in international relations from Salve Regina University.