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LVAIC offers students the opportunity to become global citizens

Minji Kim


The third annual LVAIC Global Student Conference took place at Lafayette College on Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges (LVAIC) sponsors this conference that featured poster presentations by international students presenting their academic work on a variety of topics, and domestic students presenting work on global topics like personal study abroad experience and current global important issues.

LVAIC institution includes Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, East Stroudsburg University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Moravian College, Muhlenberg College, Muhlenberg College, Northampton Community College and Wilkes University. Many students from all these colleges participated to this conference and shared their opinion.

The purpose of the conference was to spark meaningful conservations with faculty, staff and students who are interested in global issues from different LVAIC and nearby partner schools. This conference was a great opportunity to gain experience presenting and also meet fellow students from lots of colleges in the Lehigh Valley, allowing all participants to have a wider lens through which they can see the world.

The conference goals are to build cross-cultural understanding while promoting student scholarship and increase cross-campus interactions of students, faculty and staff to build globally welcoming campus environments.  

Every presenter had to submit their poster presentation proposals by December 31, 2019. After the deadline for submissions, a selection committee reviewed all abstracts and announced the final presenters. For this year, four Cedar Crest College students participated at LVAIC Global Student Conference as the poster presenters. Each student’s presentation topic was as follows: Alexa Spinosa (United States): Medicine and Poverty in Peru, Isabel Pichardo (Puerto Rico): Rearview - A look back, Minji Kim (South Korea): Development As Freedom - Sustainability & Self-reliance, Soyun Rho (South Korea): We Act for All Kim Ji-young. Also, International Student Services (ISS) from Cedar Crest College helped printing posters and provided transportation to the conference for Cedar Crest students.

The schedule for the 2020 LVAIC Global Student Conference consisted of many different events. The first was Registration & Reception, followed by Welcome Remarks & Keynote, and the next was the main event, Global Student Conference & Roundtable Discussion. Each presenter talked about their topic with the poster, standing in their place. Conference attendees walked around and listened to the presentation.

“I am so thankful that I could get this opportunity for my presentation,” Rho said. “It was so valuable to share my own thoughts with other similar age students. My topic was about Feminism and I was a little worried because I thought it was kind of careful and disputatious to talk about. But thanks to this opportunity, I could present my Feminist identities with more confidence. It was a great experience."

“Of course, the poster presentations section was great, but I really enjoyed the round table discussions,” Pichardo added. “My table's topic was ‘How were my various identities impacted and how they impact my experience abroad?’ The best thing from the discussions was I could share my personal experiences and opinions with other school students. Also, I could listen to very diverse perspectives from them too. We all had different backgrounds like different countries, different ethnicities, and different schools, but that made our discussions much more plentiful.”

LVAIC Global Student Conference is an annual event in the Lehigh Valley. So, if you are interested in this conference or if you want to improve your ability for presentation with a global perspective, consider participating next year.

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