A peacemaker from Palestine, a California pastor who battles poverty, an Iraq War veteran and a retired Army commander will all come to Westminster College this year to share their lessons as a part of the Global Leaders in Residence program.
Begun in 2011, the Global Leaders in Residence program is designed to bring leaders from a variety of academic and professional fields to campus for two to three days to speak to classes, interact socially with students, consult with faculty and staff and deliver a campus-wide presentation on their efforts to make a difference in the world.
The program is under the auspices of The Churchill Institute and has two components-the Global Leaders in Residence and the Global Scholars in Residence programs.
"We are quite pleased with our line-up of speakers and teachers who will come to share their experiences and life's lessons with our students this year," says Bob Hansen, Executive Director of the Emerson Center for Leadership & Service. "Although their stories and backgrounds are quite different, their examples of leadership in action serve as great models for what we want our students to strive to achieve."
First, from Oct. 10-15 is Arda Aghazarian, an Armenian Palestinian Christian, who is working to build bridges between the Palestinians and Israelis through her work with the YWCA. She will give one presentation that is free and open to the public on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 11 a.m.-noon in the Hermann Lounge on campus.
Then on Oct. 22, a special Global Scholar in Residence will be on campus, Dr. Roger Richardson. He will give a public presentation at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, in the Coulter Lecture Hall on "The Value of Intercultural Experiences." Dr. Richardson has been involved in international education for over 30 years and is Research Professor Emeritus at the University of Winchester in the United Kingdom. Westminster has maintained a partnership with the University of Winchester since 2004.
The second speaker in the Global Leaders series is Fulton native Major General Byron Bagby, a 1978 graduate of Westminster and a retired U.S. Army General, who will be on campus November 7-9.
Rev. Alexandra Salvatierra, an ordained Pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, who works with those condemned to lives of poverty, is the leader on campus February 19-23, 2013.
The final speaker in the series, Roman Baca, a Marine Iraq War veteran, will be on campus sometime late March or early April of next year. He is leading a small group of veterans who are fellows from The Mission Continues program that will be on campus as Global Leaders. The Mission Continues team is a nonprofit organization that awards community service fellowships to post-9/11 veterans to empower them to transform their lives by servicing others and their communities.