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Event Attracted 86 Student Leaders from 23 Colleges Worldwide

Helen Wolf, Director of Campus Ministry, accompanied two CNR student representatives to the International Student Leaders Symposium held at the Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in late October. The CNR students, Gabrielle Carrasquillo, SN’08, and Megan Skrip, SAS’07 joined eighty-six student leaders from twenty-three universities and eight different countries who met to discuss issues of global concerns. Pictured above (l. to r. ): Helen, Sr. Christine Liu, Mother Theresa Lim, Sr. Fidelas Wang (former president of Wenzao, current President of the Board of Trustees), Megan, and Gabrielle.

NEW ROCHELLE, NY, November 2, 2005 -- The College of New Rochelle (CNR) today announced that two of its students were invited to participate in the first International Student Leaders Symposium (ISLS) that took place last month at the Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.  Helen Wolf, Director of Campus Ministry, accompanied students Gabrielle Carrasquillo (Plainville, CT), a sophomore in the School of Nursing and Megan Skrip (Oxford, MA), a junior in the School of Arts & Sciences, majoring in biology/ environmental studies. They were among 86 student leaders from 23 universities and eight different countries who met to discuss issues of global concerns categorized in five subdivisions: youth development, culture, human rights, poverty & ethics, and environmental issues.

The goal of the symposium was the Fulfillment of Global Citizenship.  Wenzao Ursuline College, who organized the conference, believes that globalization is a profound and influential reality for young adults and those future leaders must center their efforts on global responsibility.  The conference sought to promote academic and cultural interaction while establishing stronger, substantial links with affiliated universities and colleges of Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages. The ultimate goal of ISLS was to raise awareness and advocacy towards global concerns.  

In addition to written research papers on issues related to the conference’s five major topics, ISLS students presented oral reports at the symposium to students, faculty, and administration.  Ms. Carrasquillo and Ms. Skrip each presented on an issue of global importance.  Ms. Carrasquillo spoke about the Texas/ Mexico colonias the CNR’s Campus Ministry has been supporting with community service activities for the past two years. She raised awareness about the lack of decent health care to the colonia residents.  Ms. Skrip’s research focused on the need to change the design of urban centers in order to accommodate the integration of society and its sphere of influence into consideration of natural processes.

The student leaders culminated their week of academic discourse on global issues by developing an action plan each will take back to their schools in an effort to improve the world. The action plan was signed by ISLS participants, who promised that they would bring the action plan to their respective schools.  The students sent to this conference not only learned more about global issues of social concern, they were challenged to take up the call to make this world a better place.

Twenty-six students from twelve universities and colleges outside Taiwan were represented at ISLS.  In addition to CNR, the following schools included:

  • Beijing Foreign Studies University, China

  • Brescia University, USA

  • Ho Chi Minh City University of Foreign Languages & Information Technology, Viet Nam

  • Kagoshima Immaculate Heart University, Japan

  • Meisei University, Japan

  • Seisen University, Japan

  • Shigakukan University, Japan

  • Universität Hamburg, Germany

  • Université de Provence, France

  • University of Alcala, Spain

  • Ursuline College, USA

Seventeen student representatives from ten local catholic and southern league universities and colleges in Taiwan also participated, including:  Chung Hua University, Fu Jen Catholic University, National Dong Hwa University, National Pingtung University of Science & Technology, National Taichung Institute of Technology, National Taichung Nursing College, National Taipei College of Business, National Taipei University of Education, National Taiwan Normal University, and Taipei Municipal University of Education.

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The first Catholic college for women in New York State, The College of New Rochelle was founded in 1904 by the Ursuline Order. Today, it comprises the all-women School of Arts & Sciences, and three schools which admit women and men: the School of New Resources (for adult learners), the School of Nursing and the Graduate School.  The main campus of the College is located in lower Westchester County, 16 miles north of New York City.  The College maintains six other campus locations in New York City. Visit the College’s website at www.cnr.edu

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