Monday, April 21, 2014

Leaders for Global Change

Thank you to everyone that was able to attend the University YMCA's first-ever Leaders for Global Change Conference!
At the conference on Saturday, April 12, presenters met with 15 student leaders with the goal of giving them the resources they need to explore and pursue meaningful international service learning experiences that promote change.
Current Interim Director of Study Abroad at the University of Illinois, Mr. Bo Williams, set the agenda for the day with an inspiring piece of how his thoughts on service learning came to fruition. Following his address, two breakout sessions were held, allowing student leaders to further cultivate their own perception of service learning and teach them how to put it into practice.
The University YMCA will also like to give a special thanks to:
Valerie Werpetinski 
for presenting on Creative Problem-Solving in International Service -Learning Projects
Madhu Viswanathan 
for presenting on Marketplace Literacy
William Biddle and his panel of students 
for presenting on Service learning while Studying Abroad
Jessica Loiacono 
for presenting on Building effective partnerships with local organizations
Alan C. Hansen, Laura D. Hahn, and Prasanta K. Kalita 
for presenting on Learning to practice your profession in a global context

Student participants of the Y's first Leaders for Global
Change Conference held on Saturday, April 12.
If you are interested in organizing next year's conference, please contact Enrique Rebolledo at
If you would like to join the Y's Global Engagement newsletter, email Megan Flowers at

Leaders for global change is a part of the University YMCA's International Service Learning Initiative. Learn more about the Y's Global Engagement partnerships at 

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