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World Affairs Institute for Student Leaders

The topic this year was Global Solutions to the Environmental Crisis. The institute immersed the students in a timely topic important to everyone.

After a brief introduction by Ms. Angélica Ocampo, President and CEO of World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, Mr. Ken Berlin, President and CEO of The Climate Reality Project, delivered the keynote presentation.

Students were then presented with various view points from a panel of featured speakers. The speakers included: Dr. Jordan Fischbach, Co-director RAND Water and Climate Resilience Center, Ms. Susan Packard LeGros, President and Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Shale Development, and Mr. Randy Sargent, Sr Systems Scientist at CMU CREATE Lab.

An in-depth panel discussion followed and one of our students, Hera Mukhtar, who is pursuing her Global Leadership certificate, asked a very thought provoking question regarding climate. Once the discussion concluded, students were given a World Climate Simulation where they had to represent a country, organization, or group and debate/decide on how they would solve the scenario based on their assigned group's perspective. The students then presented their solutions to the panel for simulation debriefing.

The students delegates this year were: Savannah Plaskon, Micah Symons, Meryl Wiratmo, Carly Haas, Zaina Abbas, Naomi Fry, and Hera Mukhtar.

These students will be attending a Rotary Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 2nd to thank the Rotarian's for the scholarship and to present what they learned at the institute.