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Dartmouth students selected to attend the Social Innovation Summit 2014

Evan Read ‘16, Katie Zhang ‘16, and Hector Gustavo Ruiz Llopiz ‘14 have been selected to attend the Social Innovation Summit 2014, held at the United Nations Plaza in New York City on May 28 & 29. These students were selected from a competitive applicant pool and are receiving VIP tickets to learn about the intersection of business, technology, and social value.

The Center for Professional Development is pleased to offer these Dartmouth students tickets to the summit valued at $1,295, donated by Ralph Klein. The Rockefeller Center is pleased to sponsor transportation, lodging, and food costs.

Register Now for the 2014 New Hampshire Millennial Action Summit on May 3!

2014 New Hampshire Millennial Action SummitA Symposium on Healthcare and Education in the 21st CenturySaturday, May 3, at Dartmouth College 
Register here. Early registration ends on Tuesday, April 22nd.

Expert speakers and industry executives will come together to discuss the changing healthcare and education landscapes. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend a keynote, two breakouts, and three panels.  

Education topics include: 
Common Core curriculum, teacher preparation and quality instruction, meaning assessment, and higher education cost transformations.

Healthcare topics include: 
Value-based care, pharmaceutical and biotech growth, non-physician primary care providers, and innovations in health care delivery.

Breakout sessions involve active participation and will allow for thoughtful discussion and debate.

Preliminary List of Speakers and Panelists:

The 16th Annual Africa Business Conference - Africa Accelerates: Equipping a Vibrant African Economy

At the Africa Business Conference at the Harvard Business School, I attended three panels - two centered around entrepreneurship on the African continent and one centered on mitigating investment risks in African countries. In the first entrepreneurship panel, the esteemed panelists shared their thoughts on doing business in Africa. My biggest takeaway from this panel was a comment one of the panelists made. He said, and I paraphrase: “Many people think that the business environment in African countries is unstructured. That is not true - everything is structured. You just have to learn the structure and how it operates and you will be able to navigate and succeed there”. This statement was a refreshing response to news articles and popular belief that African countries do not have structures that enable businesses to thrive. The fact that African structures are different from Western ones does not mean that there are no structures - anyone interested in doing business in African countries simply has to master the structures present in that country.

Mini-Grants Recap: Discussing the Strategic and Political Challenges to Arms Control in the Middle East

Ala Alrababah (second from left) along with other panelists

This opportunity was funded by the Rockefeller Mini-Grants Program. For more information, please click here. 

Presenting at a panel and a scholarly conference on my research was a particularly valuable experience. My research, which I did while interning at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, focused on the strategic and political challenges to arms control in the Middle East. I discussed the traditional challenges that existed before the Arab uprisings. 

One main challenge is the trust deficit among countries in the Middle East, which prevents them from cooperating on arms control. Another challenge relates to timing. Should arms control be implemented before or after a lasting peace agreement in the Middle East? Moreover, specific countries have their own concerns with arms control. 

Mini-Grants Recap: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference

Leehi Yona (second from right) at a press conference
during the COP19 United Nations climate conference in

This opportunity was funded by the Rockefeller Mini-Grants Program. For more information, please click here.

My experience at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference (UNFCCC COP19) in Warsaw, Poland, was indescribable. I'm deeply interested in the intersectionality of climate change from social, political, scientific, and health-related perspectives, and being given the opportunity to attend a series of international negotiations helped ground my understanding of the policies surrounding these issues.

Mini-Grants Recap: Student Reactions after Attending the UN Social Good Summit

Digital Media Lounge

This opportunity was funded by the Rockefeller Mini-Grants Program. For more information, please click here.

I learned a lot about activism and how to get people involved and excited about issues in a new world of technology. Personally, one of the most influential insights for me was the theme of empowerment over awareness. I had always imagined the world of activism revolving around of the issue of getting people to care. Progress seemed dependent on the age-old question of whether people were inherently good or bad; either people would plow ahead with the classic “build it and they will come” mentality, or they would sign off altogether, convinced that others could not be brought to raise their attention off their own lives. 

Mini-Grants Recap: Student Reactions after attending Powershift

Dartmouth Undergraduates that attended Powershift 2013

This opportunity was funded by the Rockefeller Mini-Grants Program. For more information, please click here. 

"Powershift 2013 will be one of my enduring memories as an environmentalist during college. It was utterly inspiring and humbling to be present and part of a movement that is ever growing and powerful. From multi-faith services to the logistics of setting up worker-owned cooperatives, the break out sessions were practical and motivational in equal measure. I particularly appreciated the sessions aimed at fossil fuel divestment student organizers, of which I am one. It's a small but growing movement at Dartmouth, and it was so powerful to be in a room with hundreds of other students working on the same thing. I have already worked again with some of the students I met there, and anticipate further collaboration in the future."

--Morgan Curtis '14

Mini-Grants Recap: Becoming a Part of a National Political Advocacy Movement

Asher speaks at the student session of the
J Street National Conference.

This opportunity was funded by the Rockefeller Mini-Grants Program. For more information, please click here.

This past September, I had the privilege of attending the J Street National Conference. There, I had the opportunity to engage in deep and substantive discussions about US foreign policy in the Middle East. But for me, what was even more exciting was the opportunity to lobby Members of Congress to support Secretary Kerry’s efforts to help the Israelis and Palestinians reach a two-state solution. That provided me a forum to put my values into action in the political realm.

Student Reactions from MLK Student Forum on Global Learning

On January 20th, students, faculty and staff congregated together for a Student Forum on Global Learning. Student presenters reflected on their experiences in a global context and on how their understanding of global issues, other cultures, and/or personal perceptions were enhanced by their cross-cultural experiences. The Rockefeller Center was just one of several campus institutions that helped sponsor the event.

We encouraged many students to attend the Student Forum, which was held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and some were able to. Here is a small sampling of feedback students provided after attending a few of the day's sessions:  

5th Annual Student Forum for Global Learning, Mon. Jan. 20th @ 11:30 am

 On Monday, January 20th, the nation remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his efforts towards securing a better future for all Americans. After 50 years, his famous words "I have a dream" still ring true in the ears of many.

Dartmouth students, faculty, and staff will come together on Monday for the Student Forum on Global Learning, which will be held from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm in Kemeny Hall. The opening address will be delivered by President J. Hanlon '77 in Kemeny 008. Afterwards, 14 different drop-in presentations will occur between Noon and 3 pm followed by the Closing session with Evelyn Ellis of Institutional Diversity and Equity.

The forum provides students with a channel for expression and reflection on cross-cultural experiences, including but not limited to global and domestic internships, fellowships, research, service trips, and study abroad programs. Classes will be canceled, allowing students the opportunity to attend.

Several student presenters have current or past ties with the Rockefeller Center, such as:


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