Clayton State University students Seth Nartey (Zimbabwe), and Tony Yaacoub (Lebanon) recently represented Clayton State University among the 202 participant from 23 colleges or universities across Georgia at the annual Georgia International Leadership Conference (GILC), held at the Rock Eagle 4H Center, near Eatonton. Brett Reichert, Clayton State associate director, International Student Services Office (ISSO) accompanied the students.
The intensive weekend of workshops, activities and interactive role-plays was designed to break down stereotypes, raise global awareness and build social networks in a fun, structured setting. Students also took part in a four-hour service project Friday afternoon at the Oliver Worley Environmental Education Center.
“It was awesome and incredible, definitely something more students should apply for next year” says Nartey.
“It was definitely one of the best weekends I had in my life,” adds Yaacoub in an email to Reichert.”It is amazing how we got to be close friends in such a short period of time. I definitely learned a lot about leadership and changing the world through friendship and motivation. I would like to thank you and GILC for this opportunity and I hope I will make it to GILC 2012.”
“The weekend was definitely not all work and no play” Reichert says. “Students put on an international fashion show, a talent show, enjoyed two dances, and heard a keynote speaker, Anu Parvatiyar, a GILC alumna from 2006, who is now a successful pharmaceutical engineer.”
The annual event is open to all Clayton State Students who are interested in world issues, international themes and other cultures. A slideshow of this year’s GILC is viewable online at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/GILC-2011/141713409219891?v=app_2392950137&ref=ts#!/video/video.php?v=189820481051920.