Public Health Topic of Student Engagement Workshop

September 18, 2007 - Campus Bulletin

The second annual Student Global Engagement Workshop will be held Saturday. The student-led initiative brings students and faculty together to discuss a global issue and how they might unite in education, research or advocacy towards a common goal.

The workshop topic is "Perspectives on Public Health: Supporting Change to Enable the Vulnerable." Invited participants will meet from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the MacKinnon Building. The event, which will include talks, presentations and round-table discussions, is sponsored by the Office of the Associate Vice-President (Academic).

"Our goal is to provide a forum for the exchange of information, skills, resources and knowledge that leads to student advocacy initiatives and the building of partnerships among students, faculty and alumni," says Laurie Denyer, workshop co-ordinator.

She adds that the workshop is rooted firmly in the vision that U of G can be a leader in international inquiry, dialogue, action and accountability.

"We believe the University of Guelph student body has an obligation to learn and take action against the health crises of the most vulnerable populations around the globe, through educating ourselves and collaborating together," Denyer says.

David Zakus, director of the Centre for International Health at the University of Toronto, will give the keynote address at 9:15 a.m. Another U of T professor, Daniel Sellen, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Human Ecology and Public Nutrition, will speak at 12:30 p.m.

More information about the workshop is available online.

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