University of New Mexico graduate student Cindy Nava has been selected to attend the first-ever "United State of Women Summit" hosted by the White House Tuesday, June 14 in Washington D.C.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey have teamed up to host the event, which will be broadcast on its website. Covering key gender equality issues, the Summit is expecting approximately 5,000 women leaders from across the United States to attend. The Summit will celebrate what women have achieved and how they’re going to take action moving forward, will make a powerful difference in their collective future.

Topics covered include economic empowerment, violence against women, entrepreneurship and innovation. The attendees to the summit include women leaders of all ages from across the nation who were nominated and accepted after a rigorous selection process from the White House. 

Nava is representing UNM including the UNM Office of Equity and Inclusion, ENLACE NM Community Outreach Fellow, the Center for Education Policy Research, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a legislative advocate and Dreamer.

The White House made a call for nominations for women who work to improve the lives of other women through advocacy, leadership, opportunity, academics, mentorship. Nava received a notification that she had been nominated and later that week her acceptance was confirmed.