IL Major to Receive MLK Vision Award

Nicole Davidow '15
Nicole Davidow ’15

Nicole Davidow ’15, an International Studies and Philosophy double major, will be the student recipient of the 2015 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Vision Award at the 2015 MLK Convocation, set for Wednesday, February 4 at 7pm in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Nicole is recognized as both an outstanding student and a well-respected student leader on campus. When she’s not studying, you can find her in the Center for Faith and Public Life, participating in the JUHAN program or down in the Egan Chapel, serving Campus Ministry.  She’s also found time to support Catholic Relief Services as a student ambassador.

Over the years, several International Studies majors have received this award, which honors students, faculty, and staff, whose lives have reflected Dr. King’s vision for American society. Past winners from International Studies include Chrystie Cruz ’06, Ashley Toombs ’07, and Sharon Pedrosa ’13.

This year’s Convocation speaker will be Dr. Clarence B. Jones, who was a political advisor, counsel, and draft speechwriter for Dr. King. To learn more about Dr. Jones and the 2015 MLK Convocation go here.

IL Students Produce Research

IL students capped the semester with a showcase of diverse research experiences. On December, we published first issue for Volume 2 of the Undergraduate Journal of Global Citizenship.  Three papers were published by Jaclyn Barden ’15, a graduating senior, and two recent graduates who submitted their papers last semester, Klevisa Kovaci ’14, and Xavier Francis ’14.

IL 50 students present research on water quality as a global issue.
IL 50 students present research on water quality as a global issue.

Some IL students presented their research in a public forum. On December 4 and 8, students in Dr. Suzanna Klaf’s section of IL 50 (People, Places, & Global Issues) presented their research projects on a variety of worldwide concerns in the DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room. Research topics included a focus on humanitarian crises in Sub-Saharan Africa and Middle East, water quality issues, and gender and sexuality. IL 50 is one of four foundational courses offered through the International Studies and International Business majors. IL 50 also counts as a World Diversity elective.

If you are a student who is interested in having their research published, visit the Undergraduate Journal of Global Citizenship page or contact me at jgriffin@fairfield.edu.

IL Major Leads Model UN Conference

On Friday, November 14, the Fairfield University Model United Nations club hosted its 11th Annual High School Conference on campus. The key organizer for the event was Natalie Beauparlant ’16, an International Studies major with minors in Politics and English-Professional Writing. Natalie organized a group of students from the College of Arts and Sciences and Dolan School of Business to host nearly more than 160 students from 11 high schools in New York and Connecticut.

Dennis King, senior director of program funding strategy at Save the Children addresses students during the HS conference opening ceremony.
Dennis King, senior director of program funding strategy at Save the Children addresses students during the HS conference opening ceremony.

The committee topics focused on the Russia-Ukraine conflict, child trafficking in India, UN environmental policy, and crisis in Egypt. Fairfield Model UN students spent part of their summer developing simulations that were later shared with participating schools in preparation of the conference.

The opening ceremony for conference was highlighted with two dynamic guest speakers. Dr. Suzanna Klaf, director of Fairfield’s Center for Academic Excellence welcomed students and teachers on behalf of the University. Mr. Dennis King, senior director of program funding strategy at Save the Children. General feedback from the schools was very positive. At least one school’s community – Mount Vernon – celebrated the conference with an article in their local paper.

For more information about the Model UN club, check out their Web page or visit their Org Sync page.

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