Get Engaged 2022: Developing Community Projects and Strengthening the Network In Person
For the first time in two years, students, faculty, and staff met in person to discuss the civic engagement projects students have been developing and implementing in their respective countries. Students learned new skills, honed leadership styles, and networked with likeminded innovators who are collaborating with community partners across the globe to develop solutions to pressing local and global challenges.
On the first day of the conference, students broke into groups for a “hackathon” to develop ideas for new civic engagement projects focused on gender equity, access to education, digital civic networking, mental health awareness, and print journalism. The results were pitched before a panel of reviewers who considered them for further development by OSUN.
Throughout the duration of the conference, students shared presentations about their civic engagement projects they are implementing in their communities, with many focused on expanding access to education and professional skills in marginalized communities; ecological innovation; mental health interventions; political action; oral history and more. Participants offered critical feedback on the projects, drawing on parallel experiences in different locations to provide helpful guidance and support.
Stimulating workshops were conducted by faculty and staff mentors on visual storytelling, project development, cultural fluency, self-care, fundraising, and leadership training, among others. Informative panel discussions, project demonstrations, and networking sessions rounded out the professional aspect of the week-long conference, while rousing icebreakers, social gatherings, and participatory events, such as traditional Kyrgyz nomadic games and museum outings, contributed to the equally important cultural and community-building aspects of the conference. Access the conference program to see the full week of events.
Kyrgyz national television covered the conference, giving a glimpse of its spirited and thought-provoking nature.
OSUN, its indispensable partners and outstanding students are already looking forward to meeting again next year, to continue strengthening and building our global network of bold, groundbreaking young leaders. Stay tuned for more stories and videos from the conference.
Post Date: 07-06-2022