Four Days to Change the World symposium continues this week

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A three-day symposium on international humanitarian assistance is underway at Shoreline Community College the week of February 22, 2010. Sponsored by the college’s Global Affairs Center and International Programs, the focus is on the work of local non-government organizations, with evening speakers, daytime events and an engagement fair taking place.

On Monday, February 22, Arlene Mitchell, Senior Program Officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and former UN World Food Program Executive (pictured), kicked of the symposium. Mitchell stimulated conversation among the community members and faculty and staff following her presentation with critical observations revolving around topics such as there is too much competition among aid agencies, both governmental and non-governmental, and not enough cooperation; and the importance of agriculture and women being central to reducing poverty.

Coming up:
A drop-in event (engagement fair) will be held from 11 am to 2 pm on Thursday, February 25 in the PUB (9208), where representatives of humanitarian assistance organizations will be on hand to share volunteer opportunities and details on how to become involved.

For more information about these events or the Thursday events, please check out the Global Affairs Center web site  or call Larry Fuell at 206-533-6750.

Shoreline Community College is located at 16101 Greenwood Avenue North, just west of Aurora Avenue and north of Seattle city limits. Public parking is available on campus. Enter through the main gate at Innis Arden Way. Public and event parking is across from the bus stop. Evening parking is free. Daytime parking requires a pass which is free and can be obtained from the receptionist in the 1000 building (across from the visitor parking lot).

For directions to the college and information, please visit the college web siteThe mission of the Global Affairs Center is to encourage engagement on global economic, development and social issues that contributes to sound policy, global peace and prosperity. The goal is to present programs that are timely and relevant to students and community partners.


Photo courtesy Shoreline Community College

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