As part of Georgia Gwinnett College’s second annual International Week, the Honorable Ambassador Andrew Young discussed a variety of global issues as well as his many experiences during a conversational forum with GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman. About 300 students, faculty, staff and guests attended the forum in the college’s Cisco Auditorium last evening.
“Ambassador Young’s various public service roles give him a unique perspective on the many issues and opportunities facing our young people as they enter a global economy,” Kaufman said. “His experiences as a leader in the civil rights movement, a U.S. congressman, Ambassador to the United Nations, mayor of Atlanta, and co-chair of the Atlanta Olympic Committee demonstrate what a dedicated citizen and public servant can do for his community, his state, and his nation. I am delighted that our students had this opportunity to listen to his perspective.”
During the forum, Ambassador Young discussed the many decisions and personal crossroads he encountered during the course of his career. In addition, Ambassador Young made a special presentation Tuesday to a group of political science students and faculty about his experiences as a leader in the civil rights movement.
GGC’s International Week is an annual series of events offered in collaboration by various GGC departments and student organizations. The festivities include activities that are both academic and fun, reflecting the richness of different cultures, as well as the depth of issues facing the global community. This year’s theme, “GGC Talks Asia,” set the tone of the week, which began with a Chinese Lion Dance demonstration on the college’s central lawn.
A better understanding of global issues and other cultures will help students realize their personal leadership potential, with the full understanding of this country's role in international affairs and national civic improvements, according to Anthony Pinder, GGC’s director of Internationalization.
“Through our internationalization initiatives, we are taking GGC’s emphasis on leadership and service learning to the global scale,” said Pinder. “Our students will graduate into a world more connected than ever before.”
The week features a festival-like presentation of food, music, dance and exhibits representing a range of different cultures. It also includes a ping pong tournament, a soccer tournament, a sushi demonstration, as well as an international trivia night and an international film night. Peace Corps recruiters will share information about their program through classroom visits.
Additional activities include a virtual forum with a GGC study abroad student in China, an international workshop and a student panel on study abroad. The college offers study abroad opportunities in several nations. Interest in the program is rapidly expanding and the Office of Internationalization has set an ultimate goal of providing study abroad opportunities to 10 percent of the student body.
This Thursday, a group of select business leaders will participate in a panel discussion about doing business in China. The panel includes Daraka Satcher, former deputy assistant secretary for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The week caps off Friday evening with the college’s first induction ceremony for Sigma Iota Rho, the honor society for international studies. The society will induct 14 Georgia Gwinnett students in this inaugural event.