September 2, 2010
The day began with a panel-discussion by ASU faculty from the University’s various schools and colleges in front of 50 faculty and students. The panelists, introduced by Dr. Melvin Shelton, the Director of Academic Success Initiatives, highlighted ASU’s globalization efforts. These include different international programs offered to students and several curricula emphasizing international perspectives. For example, Dr. Kathaleena Monds at the Business School focused on the impact of globalization on the school’s supply-chain management courses. Ms. Parra-Lancourt of the United Nations moderated the discussion. She highlighted the work of the U.N.’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Students then had the chance to speak privately with Ms. Parra-Lancourt.
Later in the day, Mrs. Parra-Lancourt delivered a speech entitled “Globalization, Development, and Citizenship” focusing on what the United Nations is doing to educate leaders and citizens alike on globalization issues such as trade, climate change, and the global financial crisis. Ms. Parra-Lancourt emphasized the importance of technology and the next generation, saying that social media and interconnectedness affords students and educators a wealth of new opportunities. In all, 500 students and faculty attended the event and the feedback was outstanding. ASU is already looking forward to the next lecture and is certain that HDI’s new University program will continue to be an exceptional forum to introduce its students and faculty to the United Nations.