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A.P.E.X. Events Presents Samira Harnish, United Nations Award Winner

Published: January 06, 2020 | Author: A.P.E.X. Events | Category: Special Events

Samira HarnishA.P.E.X. Events – Southern Utah University’s Premier Event Series – is proud to begin its spring season by highlighting and sharing the humanitarian efforts of Samira Harnish. Join A.P.E.X. Events on January 16, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Hall on the campus of SUU.

Samira Harnish is the founder and executive director of Women of the World. Women of the World is a women refugee, asylum seeker, and immigrant service and capacity building nonprofit that has been in operation in Salt Lake City since 2010. After getting her degree in Civil Engineering, she worked for 17 years as an R&D engineer at the largest domestic manufacturer of semiconductor memory.

Samira founded Women of the World to fulfill a lifelong dream of helping women achieve self-sufficiency and her leadership has enabled WoW to become the preeminent women’s refugee service organization in Utah.

Samira has received local, national, and international recognition for her service leadership including The Enlightened 50 Award from the Utah Community Foundation, the 2014 Salt Lake City Human Rights Award, the 2016 Ruby Award from the Soroptomists of Utah, and the 2017 Emerald Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement. In 2018, she was awarded the America’s Region Nansen Award from the United Nations High Commission on Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland, she was chosen from over 450 international nominees. In April 2019 she was awarded the 2019 American Red Cross Hero for her extraordinary Heroic act of Global Citizenship.

"As we begin the new year and decade, compassion is something that everyone can strive to incorporate more of in their lives,” said Dr. Lynn Vartan, director of A.P.E.X. Events. “Samira Harnish’s work epitomizes the difference we can make when we express our compassion for others. We are excited for our message to inspire us for the new year!”

All A.P.E.X. events are free and open to the public. Attendees include students, faculty, staff and community members, and speakers have been invited from all areas of the U.S. and abroad. While on campus, guests are invited to interact with students and faculty in multiple ways, with opportunities to connect and network in vast areas of scholarship. Learn more about the A.P.E.X. Event series at SUU


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Contact Information:

Lynn Vartan
vartan@suu.edu