On Tuesday, October 1, LPI’s director Anna Cano Morales was invited to give a keynote address in the Joukowsky Forum of the Watson Institute. On the Monday night before, the keynote address was given by Ricardo Lagos, former president of Chile.
Over 40 young scholars with similar energy and passion to make the world a better place were gathered in the Forum on day three of their seven day program here in Providence; all representing different parts of Latin America and the Caribbean. The scholars are part of a program that brings together some 40 university students who have been deemed to have high potential and a vocation for public service. During the week, the students get to meet former presidents of countries, meet the RI Governor, Lincoln Chafee, watch cultural appearances, and also on their radar is the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University.
Anna was invited to speak about public service and leadership. Anna spoke about the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and how they have been a part of our nation’s history of commitment to building a culture of citizenship, service, and responsibility. Other organizations she highlighted included AmeriCorps, VISTA, City Year, the city of Central Falls Crowd Funding and of course, RWU’s Community Partnership Center and Community Connections.
RWU believes service to the community begins from the time students arrive on campus with Community Connections, RWU's largest day of service, which sends more than 1,500 students, faculty and staff members to 80+ locations around the state and the region.
Anna’s keynote address helped kick off an intensive two-month program, beginning at Brown, with activities, workshops and seminars led by prominent members throughout predominantly Latino countries. The students spend the remainder of the program in Spain. Her bilingual keynote was appreciated by members of the Botin Foundation as well as all of the scholars. They even showed their appreciation through social media:
To view photos of the Keynote Address click here.
LPI looks forward to accepting more invitations from community organizations to ensure that Latinos are woven into the discussion of leadership and policy.