VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University will hold its second annual “Careers in International Development Day” for students interested in pursuing careers in international relief and development. The event, which takes place March 26 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. in the Connelly Center on the University’s main campus, will provide students the most up-to-date information on the education, skills and experience needed to access this increasingly competitive field.
“The idea for this day really came from students who've been asking for career advice in this area, “said Suzanne Toton, EdD, Coordinator, University Partnership with Catholic Relief Services and Associate Professor in the Theology & Religious Studies Department. “Villanova students want to make a difference with their lives, and many of them have been inspired by Catholic Relief Services and its staff who have shared their experience working with some of the poorest populations in the world – addressing suffering, promoting justice, and building peace.”
Added Toton, “More students are taking courses related to global issues, and the Global South, in particular. They are also taking advantage of semester break immersion experiences in poor regions overseas and in the U.S.”
Featured guest speaker Lindsay Coates, Executive Vice President for InterAction, will deliver the opening plenary on the topic of, “The Scope and Changes in the Field of Humanitarian Relief and Development.” Coates leads the public policy and outreach done by InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S. - based international non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The nearly 200 member organizations that come under InterAction’s umbrella are faith-based and secular, large and small, at work with the poor and vulnerable in every developing country. Coates serves on the board of the Global Health Council, the steering committee of the World Bank Global Partnership for Social Accountability, the Obama administration’s Task Force on Global Poverty, the Board of Episcopal Relief and Development, and the Public Policy Committee of the Independent Sector.
The opening address will be followed by breakout roundtables facilitated by professionals in fields ranging from Advocacy and Impacting Policy, Global Health, Government Foreign Service, Humanitarian Engineering, NGOs, Social Entrepreneurship, and Social Impact Investing, to Think Tanks and the United Nations. The breakout sessions will introduce students to the variety of career options available in the field as well as offer practical advice on the education, skills, and experience they’ll need to get a foot in the door. Guest presenters include Larry Hollar, senior regional organizer for the Eastern Hub States for Bread for the World; Jennifer Nazaire, fellowship and internship program manager for Catholic Relief Services; Katie Tobin, Senior Protection Associate, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; and Craig Moscetti, Associate for Policy and Programs, Center for Global Policy Solutions, and Mike Burkly, a career foreign service officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Students will also have the opportunity to visit a market-style resource area to gain information about Villanova curricular and extra-curricular offerings, post-baccalaureate overseas volunteer opportunities, as well as graduate international studies programs.
”Villanova students are not content to live in a world plagued by so much injustice, inequality, and poverty,” Toton noted. “They want to be part of the solution. They want to make this world more humane, just, and peaceful. They want meaningful lives and to use their Villanova education to enable all people to live and to live in dignity.”
The schedule of events is as follows:
This event is co-sponsored by The University Partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the University Career Center, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the College of Nursing Center for Global and Public Health, the Villanova School of Business, The Center for Global Leadership in the Villanova School of Business, The College of Engineering, the Office of Mission and Ministry, and The Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education. Students from all majors are welcome to attend.
About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.