Oct. 17, 2005
Three Morningside College students have been invited to participate in Iowa International Fellows, a leadership training program sponsored by the Iowa Council for International Understanding (ICIU) and The Stanley Foundation. The program consists of four weekend sessions in which students meet to discuss a variety of issues and gain insight into how Iowa’s government, education, business, and politics plays into the global environment.
The students include Rachel Bellairs of Clarinda, Iowa; Hitomi Nozawa of Shizuoka, Japan; and Yuriko Seki of Niigata, Japan.
The first session of Iowa International Fellows, “Global Poverty,” will be held Oct. 21-22, in Des Moines, Iowa. The session begins with a Friday evening public forum titled “Poverty: What Can You Do Now?” that will explore how race and class factors perpetuate poverty and what can be done to help change the cycle.
On Saturday, the students will join nearly 80 international college students from 39 countries as they participate in the national Make a Difference Day. The students will participate in service activities in the Des Moines community. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make a Difference Day is America’s biggest day of volunteering. In 2004, three million people volunteered their efforts to accomplish thousands of projects in hundreds of towns.
After completing the service project, the students will attend a panel discussion aimed at using leadership to meet human service needs in the community. The panel will include members of the West Des Moines Human Services Department and the West Des Moines City Council.
Each year, Iowa International Fellows involves more than 50 selected international and U.S. students from Iowa's colleges and universities. Program activities include seminars with community leaders, field trips to cultural and historical sites, and social activities that provide opportunities to develop lasting international friendships.
Click here for more information about Morningside's International Students Association.