Global Issues Forum

Caroline Weinberg gives us a preview of the Global Issues Forum

Do you enjoy discussing current global challenges? Have you ever read one of Allie Douma’s new Update emails? Do you think human rights are important? Do you enjoy delicious food?

Even if you answered no to all of these questions, my advice is to come to the Global Issues Forum this Saturday Feb. 28th in the Academic Commons from 10 am-3 pm. Throughout this morning and afternoon, you will have the ability to listen to impressive speakers, connect with students and teachers from across the Richmond area, and become more informed about the world around you. Our opening speaker Debra Rodman is an ambassador and advocate for the city’s unseen migrant population. The keynote speaker, Chris Temple, along with his friend Zach Ingrasci, lived on a dollar a day in Guatemala for two months and spent time in a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan. These experiences have offered Chris an extremely personal perspective on what it is like to not have access to the basic human rights we often take for granted in the United States. He will doubtlessly be an engaging and interesting speaker. Breakout sessions will include appearances by United States Institute of Peace representatives; Sarah Vasquez, who will discuss farm workers rights; and student leaders from William and Mary’s Charity Water Club. The day is sure to be enlightening and thought-provoking; we would love to see everyone and anyone from the Richmond community there.

To learn more about the event, speakers, and most importantly REGISTER (if you want lunch) visit our website:

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About the author

Kyra has been writing for The Match for four years and is co-editor this year with Emily and Gabi. When she isn't reading The Match, she enjoys chocolate, professional wrestling, and long walks on the beach.