Women Lead

The Event


This panel of rising, national, political leaders will discuss what young people are doing right now to change the world as they have found it, and the challenges they face along the way.


Featuring Jamie Margolin and Donya Nasser.

Jamie Margolin


Jamie Margolin is the founder of the Zero Hour, a movement of youth frustrated by the inaction of adults on climate change.  Zero Hour actively lobbies and campaigns for climate justice in the United States and across the world, and in concert with other movements for social justice. Based in Seattle, and with the help of a non-profit organization Our Children’s Trust, Margolin sued the state of Washington for denying youth their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness by actively worsening the climate crisis. Her activist work has been featured nationally and internationally, including in The Guardian (UK).

Donya Nasser


Donya Nasser served as the 2015-2016 U.S. Youth Observer to the United Nations and a Truman-Albright Fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is currently the youngest member of the Board of Directors of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.  She has previously served as a member of the Advocates for Youth Young Women of Color Leadership Council, the president of the College Democrats of New York, and AAUW Youth Representative to the United Nations.  She proudly identifies as an Iranian-American and Muslim feminist.



Originally scheduled Monday, March 4, 2019

Spotlight Theater

39 Front St, Hartford, CT 06103

Due to the impending snow storm tomorrow, this event will be rescheduled for late March or early April.  We apologize for the inconvenience, but please stay tuned for the new time.

Special Services


If you are an individual who requires an accommodation to participate, please contact University Events & Conference Services at rsvp@uconn.edu or 860-486-1038.



Contact the Office of University Events and Conference Services at 860-486-1038 or rsvp@uconn.edu.

Create a Metanoia Event


Proposals are invited for workshops, dialogues, guest speakers, trainings, lessons, performances, and other initiatives from March 4th – 8th, 2019, that address the theme of Youth for Change. Submit proposals here.