Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Obama/Romney campaigns talk foreign policy with students: SPECIAL INVITE / NEW SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

 Join us at 2012: Challenge Accepted, April 14-15 on the campus of George Washington University.
Register: www.acceptthechallenge2012.org<http://www.acceptthechallenge2012.org/>. 
To ask about scholarships: email 2012challenge@aidemocracy.org

Millennials are coming together to discuss key foreign policy challenges impacting our generation, including security, jobs, climate change, justice and hunger. We're defining a new vision of US global engagement, and the role of youth in building a better future. And we're bringing our ideas right to the presidential campaigns. Join us for 2012: Challenge Accepted<http://www.acceptthechallenge2012.org/>.

Speakers and Panels Include:
A Conversation with the Presidential Campaigns: US Foreign Policy Priorities and the Power of Youth Kerry Healey, Special Advisor, Romney for President, and former Massachusetts Lt. Governor Michèle Flournoy, National Security Advisor to President Obama’s re-election campaign

Millennial Voice, Action and Power: Snapshots from 2012 Daniel Maree, Organizer of the Million Hoodie March for Trayvon Martin Lacy MacAuley, Occupy DC Neil Watkins, Action Aid

From Me to We: Harnessing the Power of the Millennial Generation Karen Richardson, White House Office of Public Engagement Nick Martin, TechChange Matt Zellar, Captain, US Army, and Author, Watches Without Time Saul Garlick, ThinkImpact Allison McReynolds, US Peace Corps Frank Fredericks, WorldFaith Jordan Wolf, PolicyMic Karen Showalter, Americans for Informed Democracy

The Real Hunger Games: The Fight for Our Food, Our Climate and Our Future Roger Thurow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Author, Enough Anuradha Mittal, Oakland Institute Tonya Rawe, Care Katie Campbell, ActionAid USA

Drones, Rogues and Hackers: Rethinking US Security Colonel Jen Buckner, US Army and National Security Agency Sharon Squassoni, Center for Strategic and International Studies Gary Barnabo, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Frank Femia, Center for Climate and Security Khalsoom Lakhani, Invest2Innovate Patrick McDermott, Americans for Informed Democracy

Superpower in Decline or America Resurgent? Prospects for the US in the Global Economy Maya MacGuineas, Committee for a Responsible Budget, New America Foundation Noel Ortega, Institute for Policy Studies Bradley Bosserman, NDN Patrick Doherty, Smart Strategy Initiative, New America Foundation Philippe Nassif, Americans for Informed Democracy and US Global Leadership Coalition

Millennial Priorities for Global Justice: Indigenous Peoples, LBGT Rights, Disabilities and Genocide Emira Woods, Foreign Policy in Focus, Institute for Policy Studies Emily White Hat, National Congress of American Indians Mark Bromley, Council for Global Equality Esme Grant, US International Council on Disabilities Daniel Solomon, STAND

Investing in Millenials Worldwide: Preparing Youth for the 21st Century Workplace Jim Riker, Beyond the Classroom Program, University of Maryland Noor Shoufani, Education for Employment Foundation Nicole Goldin, US Agency for International Development Taekia Blackwell, Harry Potter Alliance Paul Kruchoski, US Department of State Naima Ramos-Chapman, Campus Progress

Arab Summer: Emerging Democracies, Political Islam and the Power of Youth in the Middle East and North Africa Lazar Berman, American Enterprise Institute Vanessa Zuabi, Partners for a New Beginning, The Aspen Institute Ahmad Soliman, Roosevelt Institute Campus Network Dillon Tatum, PhD Candidate, George Washington University

Voices of a Global Generation: Why We Care about US Global Engagement Folabi Olagbaju, DireAmnesty International USA Taylor Jo Isenberg, Roosevelt Institute Campus Network Daniel Solomon, STAND Lacey MacAuley, Institute for Policy Studies and Occupy DC Charlie Harris, Americans for Informed Democracy

Workshops and Breakouts Include:

 *   Zombie Crisis Mapping Simulation. Nick Martin, TechChange
 *   Fan Activism 101 – From Popular Culture to Real Change. Taekia Blackwell, Harry Potter Alliance
 *   All Together Now… Youth Advocates Inspiring Collaboration. Meg Boyle, Connect U.S. Fund
 *   U.S. Foreign Policy and Africa: What Path Forward? Tim Damon, Dickinson College
 *   Engaging Your Campus in the Fight Against Climate Change. Tim Damon, Dickinson College
 *   Justice, Peace, or Prosperity in Post-Conflict Zones. Frank Fredericks, WorldFaith
 *   Peace Corps and the Gap Year. Alison McReynolds, US Peace Corps
 *   Role of Arab Diaspora in Development. Hazami Barmada, Al-Mubadarah: Arab Empowerment Initiative.
 *   Human Security Impacts of Climate Change. Alice Thomas, Refugees International
 *   Building Your Brand and Fundraising for Your Cause. James Figetakis, JMF Group
 *   Communications for Advocacy. Truman National Security Project
 *   Secrets to Making Effective Videos and Podcasts. Alex Turnacliff, the Stanley Foundation
 *   Are You Making A Difference? An Introduction to Advocacy Planning and Evaluation. David Devlin-Foltz, Advocacy Planning and Evaluation Program, The Aspen Institute
 *   Using Advocacy and Building Political Will to Make Education a Development Priority. Brian Callahan, Global Campaign for Education
 *   Applying Network Theory to Advocacy and Campaigns. Karen Showalter, Americans for Informed Democracy and Oil Change International
 *   Understanding the Global Movement for Zero Nuclear Weapons. Anna Azarjew, Global Zero
 *   Youth Activism Around Human Rights in Burma. Myra Dahgaypaw, US Campaign for Burma
 *   Rethinking the US in the Global Economy: How efficiency and economic development are not enough. Thomas Crandall, Thinking Beyond Borders Gap Year Program
 *   What Does it Mean To Be a Global Citizen? Karelle Fonteneau, Arden Haselmann and Julia Jones, Thinking Beyond Borders Gap Year Program
 *   When Education Isn’t Just School: Changing the Education Paradigm. Katie Ho and Michele Lis, Thinking Beyond Borders Gap Year Program
 *   Office Hours with Noel Ortega, New Economy Working Group, Institute for Policy Studies
 *   Office Hours with Roger Thurow, Senior Fellow, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and Co-author, Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty
 *   Office Hours with Anuradha Mittal, Founder and Executive Director, Oakland Institute

This won’t be the typical conference. We’re prioritizing student voices and work on these issues, and structuring in lots of open-space and networking time. Watch out for:

 *   Breakout sessions for student leaders, organizations and campaigns to discuss key issues and share their work.
 *   Workshops to build essential communications, advocacy and leadership skills (including a simulation of a zombie invasion!).
 *   A conference journal, highlighting student perspectives on these topics and providing participants with essential foundational knowledge.
 *   An opportunities fair, where organizations and campaigns will discuss ways to get involved with their work.
 *   Opportunities to meet and network with other participants, including a career panel mixer!
 *   Amazing pre- and post-conference online debates, hosted by PolicyMic!

2012: Challenge Accepted
April 14-15, 2012, on the campus of George Washington University, Washington D.C.
Register: www.acceptthechallenge2012.org<http://www.acceptthechallenge2012.org/>. Ask about scholarships: 2012challenge@aidemocracy.org<mailto:2012challenge@aidemocracy.org>

Conference partners and sponsors include: Americans for Informed Democracy, ActionAid USA, the Semester in Washington Politics Program at GW, Diplomatic Courier magazine, The Stanley Foundation, PolicyMic, Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, STAND, Connect U.S. Fund and many more!

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