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"Global Development Day: A Roadmap to Your Career" facilitates increased student interest in careers in international relief and development

VILLANOVA, Pa. – On Tuesday, April 2 from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m., Villanova University’s first annual Global Development Day will be held in the Villanova Room and the Radnor/St. David’s Room in Connelly Center.  Students interested in careers in international relief and development will be provided the most up-to-date information on the education, skills and experience needed to access this increasingly competitive field.

Representatives from NGOs, Global Health, Venture Philanthropy, Engineering and Advocacy will provide students with an introduction to the variety of career options available and discuss the changing nature of the field. Panelists for the introductory overview of the field include Chandreyee Banerjee, Catholic Relief Services country representative for Syria, Lebanon and Turkey; Tracy O’Heir, disaster operations specialist with the Office of U. S. Foreign Disaster Assistance at the U. S. Agency for International Development; and Sean Moore, Senior Portfolio Associate in the New York office of the Acumen Fund.

The introductory panel will be followed by focused sessions on Global Health, Humanitarian Engineering, Advocacy and Venture Philanthropy.  Guest presenters include Dennis Warner, PhD,  global consultant on water supply, sanitation and resource development;  Larry Hollar, senior regional organizer of Eastern Hub States for Bread for the World;  and Shannon Senefeld, PhD,  global director of health and HIV for Catholic Relief Services,  as well as introductory panelist Sean Moore. There will also be a resource area where students can access supplementary information on curricular, extra-curricular and volunteer opportunities, as well as graduate programs, employment options or volunteer possibilities.

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • 1:00 to 2:15 p.m.—Introductory panel and overview in the Villanova Room of the Connelly Center.
  • 2:30 to 5:15 p.m.—Focused sessions with guest speakers on Global Health, Humanitarian Engineering, Advocacy and Venture Philanthropy will be repeated every 35 minutes (2:30 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 4:40 p.m.) in the Radnor/St. David’s Room of the Connelly Center.

This event is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; The University Partnership with Catholic Relief Services (CRS); The Center for Global and Public Health, the College of Nursing  and the Career Center, and is co-sponsored by The Center for Global Leadership  in the Villanova School of Business.  Students involved in 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.