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HSI student leader Sullivan on panel session during international development conference

By Mark Gokavi

A University of Dayton senior biology major with minors in political science and sustainability will speak on a panel about the United Nations’ sustainable development goals during the Society for International Development conference.

Claire Sullivan, also a Hanley Sustainability Institute leader on the education team, will talk from 12:30 to 1:25 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7 on a plenary session panel entitled “Next generation of leaders and SDGs: linking local and global for systemic change.”

The conference’s registration page lists the costs for students, young professionals or others, regardless of whether they are organization members.

Sullivan got connected to organizers during the political science department’s Dayton to D.C. spring trip and talked to UD connection at the World Bank.

“She was familiar with a lot of the programs I'm a part of, including HSI, and so she offered for me to speak at it,” Sullivan said. “So it was purely luck and networking I guess!”

Sullivan will be joined on her panel by moderator Jeffrey Caesar, the campaign director at 360 Campaign Consulting, plus speakers Mahmoud Khalil, the program manager of UK’s Syria office in Beirut, and by Soazic Elise Wang Sonne, an economist in social development global practice at The World Bank Group.

The session plans to address SDG leadership at the local and international level plus identify strategies for community engagement that shows results. The panel also hopes to innovative digital data sources to track SDG progress.

In her role at HSI, Sullivan designs lesson plans and oversees a team of student volunteers to promote sustainability education initiatives on campus. As a member of UD’s River Stewards, Sullivan shares the group’s vision for Dayton’s water resources.

As recognition for her leadership and commitment to being a change maker in the community, she was selected by UD’s President for the Newman Civic Fellowship program, a Campus Compact program supporting students who desire to be public problem solvers. 

Sullivan also is part of the 2020 Moral Courage Project, a human rights storytelling initiative working to share stories of individuals in the United States fighting for their right to water. She also was honored with the 2020 Herbenick Award by UD’s Core Academic Program which recognizes students who best exemplify a commitment to interdisciplinary education.

For more sustainability news and information, visit HSI’s news blog, the Hanley Sustainability Institute website and the sustainability program website.

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