– November 5th, 2012 by Abigail DelVecchio –
International Speakers Bureau established
Let’s face it, Colby-Sawyer College, and New London in fact, could use a little more diversity. This much needed call has been answered by Sophomore Anurup Upadhyay and the Director of International Student Services David Elliott with the International Speakers Bureau. This group consists of individuals sharing their stories about culture, politics, food, religion, and various other topics ranging from across the world.
Typically, the events occur at Lake Sunapee area businesses and schools and are led by Colby-Sawyer students who wish to share their stories. Organizations are encouraged to contact the International Speakers Bureau if they wish to have their employees or students involved in a discussion that can be led in many different directions, all educational and having the purpose of incorporating local issues with a global perspective. Elliott sees the possibilities for this group as a way to broaden many organizations’ horizons, including Colby-Sawyer’s.
Elliot’s view of extending the resources the campus has available is shared with the student body. Junior Victoria Rennie states, “Colby-Sawyer is not the most diverse college and it’s wonderful to see students branching out and wanting to share their culture with us and the community. We really need this global education from people who have experienced the concepts they are speaking about.”
The bureau is comprised of 10 students from five different countries. As it is a new development, it can use all the much deserved support it can get. Such a pioneering idea, in such a culturally consistent area, is willing for new speakers that would like to share their ideas in an attempt to better the community they reside in. The bureau’s website is the best way to contact the group, especially for organizations that wish to have speakers visit and lead discussions. The website consists of descriptions of the speakers and their native country, and also incorporates surveys available for the organizations themselves. The International Speakers Bureau website is http://www.colby-sawyer.edu/speakers.