Global Voices of Change

The Global Voices of Change speakers’ series is designed to assist students in achieving the college’s global learning outcomes through curricular and co-curricular events and to inspire them to want to make a difference in the world through service and enhancing the lives of others.

We define global learning as the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that students acquire through a variety of experiences that enable them to understand world cultures and events, analyze global systems, appreciate cultural differences, and apply knowledge and appreciation to their lives as citizens and workers.

Spring 2015 Speaker

“Facilitate, Network, Empower: Community Engagement in Latin America”

CipolettiMichael Cipoletti, MBA, Executive Director and Co-founder, FNE International, Boston, Mass.

The core mission of FNE International is to promote education and sustainable development projects world-wide. With a hand-in-hand philosophy, FNEI works with impoverished communities to identify pressing needs, to network with local and international organizations, to facilitate collaboration, and to empower individuals to actively participate within their communities. With the core values of facilitate, network, and empower, the work of FNEI is dedicated to social empowerment and community engagement. While FNEI’s work is currently focused on communities in Nicaragua and Peru, it is constantly evolving to include a large range of projects from education to housing. It is the organization’s hope to expand to serve more communities in those countries, and begin more work in other developing nations.

Michael has worked in a number of countries in the developing world in addition to his work with FNEI, including Peru, Haiti, El Salvador, Dominican Republic and Brazil. Michael has developed a strong network of volunteers and partner organizations. He hopes to continue serving the communities FNEI works with and more, ultimately impacting social change throughout the developing world, while spreading awareness of the issues of global poverty back home in the United States.

Fall 2014 Speaker

“Educate for Change”

educate for changeKristine Sullivan, Co-founder and Director of Educate for Change, in Gulu, Uganda

Educate for Change is a non-profit corporation created and operated by educators for the purpose of empowering the vulnerable youth of northern Uganda by providing sustainable educational opportunities that will create independent global leaders.

Sullivan works in a primary school in Gulu and also on community projects related to teacher education and mentoring street kids. She is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester.

Spring 2014 Speaker

“United Nations Millennium Development Goals”

JordanDavid Jordan, DHP, MPA, President & CEO / Seven Hills Foundation, Adjunct Professor/Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Graduate School of Management & COPACE—Clark University

Dr. Jordan has more than 35 years experience in rehabilitation, education, and health care management. He received his doctorate in health administration (DHA) from the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. His doctoral research involved the study of an emergent leadership theory termed “transcending leadership.”

Since 2003, he has served as an adjunct professor at Clark University (Worcester, MA) in the Graduate School of Management (GSOM) and College of Professional and Continuing Education (COPACE). His research and teaching has focused on Strategic Management; Public Policy & Administration; Healthcare Administration; Strategic Marketing; and, more recently, on the emerging phenomenon of “Social Entrepreneurship.” In 2007 Clark University named Dr. Jordan a “Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence.” In this capacity he has created a unique and broadly popular course offering that has attracted students from every discipline on campus. More recently, he has added to his didactic course offering an “international field experience” for students interested in social change/social entrepreneurship on a global scale and has led research trips to Ghana, Guatemala, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Jamaica, Brazil, and Haiti. In 2010 the Clark Graduate School of Management further named Dr. Jordan as its “Executive-in-Residence for Social Change.” He is an avid proponent of advancing global citizenship education into the curricula of colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad as a means of engaging students with community and global issues. In addition to his research work and teaching at Clark University, he is also an assistant adjunct professor at the Medical University of South Carolina where he teaches a course on Strategic Change Management and lectures on healthcare policy. Among his many honors, in 2007 he was named by the Worcester Business Journal as one of the “Top 15 Entrepreneurs in Central Massachusetts”—the only nonprofit leader so recognized.

Fall 2013 Speaker

Between Humility & Hope: Charting a Course for Ethical Global Action

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Dr. Eric Hartman, Visiting Professor, Providence College

Dr. Eric Hartman is a visiting professor at Providence College and former executive director of Amizade. As a writer, educator, and nonprofit executive director, he has worked for many years to advance efforts that are “rooted in the reality we have, but visionary in terms of imagining then creating a better tomorrow.” His passion for the ideals of US Democracy is reflected in his recent contribution to the Michigan Journal of Community Service-Learning, “No Values, No Democracy: The Essential Partisanship of a Civic Engagement Movement.”

Dr. Hartman serves as editor of the Building a Better World Forum for Global Service-Learning. He is on Twitter at @emhartman.

2013 Inaugural Speaker

Women and War: Reflections on Life and Work in Conflict Zones

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Roxanne Krystalli, Conflict Management Specialist, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Roxanne Krystalli, conflict management specialist from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, will speak on her peace building and post conflict integration programs around the world. Beneficiary populations of Roxanne's programs have included parliamentarians, ex,combatants, refugees, victims of conflict, humanitarian development personnel, single mothers, teachers, and orphans.

Roxanne writes the blog, “Stories of Conflict and Love.” She is on Twitter at @rkrystalli.