Beltina Gjeloshi, Graduate Assistant, College of Public & International Affairs
A group of Undergraduates from the College of Public & International Affairs, and the Trefz School of Business at the University of Bridgeport were guests of the Department of Public Information on Friday 14 November, 2014, when they attended Briefings at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Associate Policy Advisor Noelia Diaz delighted students both in the history and structure of UNHCR as well as its latest developments in the face of modern emergency response capabilities. In association with up-to-date events in precarious regions such as Syria, Ms. Diaz briefed the audience about the challenges and prospects refugees, internally displaced persons, asylum seekers, and stateless persons.
A second briefing brought students face to face with Jordi Torrent and Isabelle Tibi from the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, a relatively new initiative that seeks to facilitate cooperation in entrepreneurship and other fields among young people from many civilizations and cultures. Mr. Torrent and Ms. Tibi provided a comprehensive and insightful overview of AOC, with cultural diplomacy at its core. Ongoing projects revolve around youth, education, media, and migration, with particular attention paid to communication and information literacy, and breaking down cultural and economic barriers in pursuit of common initiatives.
The students were accompanied by Dr. Dave Benjamin, Associate Professor of Global Development, at the College of Public & International Affairs.
The Briefings were made possible by the United Nations Department of Public Information. The University of Bridgeport has DPI-NGO status at the United Nations, and is a member of the UN Academic Impact (UNAI).