Plenary Sessions: 2017 Global Engagement and Social Responsibility

Thursday, October 12, 7:00 p.m.

Wajahat AliMillennial Swagger Promoting Social Entrepreneurship through Storytelling and Social Media
Wajahat Ali’s global leadership program—“Generation Change”—taught storytelling and social media skills to young change agents and social entrepreneurs in eight countries. Ali will share lessons learned and how colleges and universities can use these ideas to advance student engagement with and social responsibility for the compelling issues of our global society. How can those interested in making the world a better place use storytelling to find their mission, purpose, and passion? How can they communicate their vision to a global audience? He will discuss the ways in which social media can help students bypass traditional gatekeepers and achieve their goals and their visions.
Wajahat Ali, Creative Director—Affinis Labs, journalist, writer, lawyer, award-winning playwright, and TV host
Wajahat Ali Biography

Friday, October 13, 9:45 a.m.

Kiely.pngTransforming Global Engagement and Social Responsibility: The Theory to Practice Nexus
Educators can support globally engaged learning experiences that foster students’ acquisition of boundary spanning knowledge (i.e. culture-general and culture-specific information, cultural self-awareness); skills (i.e. critical reflection, active listening, language competency, adaptability); and dispositions (i.e. empathy, humility, open-mindedness) in local neighborhoods or in communities 5,000 miles away.  Such globally engaged learning experiences can be transformative, leading students to see themselves as critically informed, socially responsible, and actively engaged global citizens.  However, transformational learning may lead students to become “chameleons with a complex,” struggling to translate their experience into meaningful action. Dr. Kiely will share practical insights gleaned from extensive experience facilitating community-engaged learning experiences for students from New Orleans to Nicaragua.  He will present a transformative global service-learning model that emerged from longitudinal research that serves as a useful conceptual framework for educators to assist students in developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to navigate the complex social, environmental, cultural, political, and ethical dimensions of 21st century global problems.
Richard Kiely, Senior Fellow, Office of Engagement Initiatives, Engaged Cornell—Cornell University
Richard Kiely Biography

Saturday, October 14, 11:00 a.m.

Politics, Policies and Global Learning:  Implications for Students, Educators, Research, and Innovation
Today’s new political climate threatens many of the essential elements of preparing students for success in our global and culturally diverse society—supporting international students; encouraging mobility of scholars and students; advancing research and innovation; and creating an inclusive environment where everyone is welcome to participate.  Panelists will describe the existing and evolving policies and executive orders and discuss their legal implications for educators and students throughout the country and beyond.  They will analyze how these policies and conditions are influencing the movement of individuals, communities, discoveries, and knowledge, as well as the educational and economic opportunities across the African Diaspora and other parts of the world.

Freeman.pngKassie Freeman, Chief Executive Officer—African Diaspora Consortium;
Kassie Freeman Biography





David Ware, Attorney at Law—Ware| Immigration;
David Ware Biography





Moses.pngYolanda Moses, Professor of Anthropology—University of California Riverside
Yolanda Moses Biography