The University of Memphis serves as the host of the Governor's School for International Studies which takes place on the U of M Campus each year during the month of June. This year featured a presentation and workshop led by Operation Broken Silence's Executive Director Mark Hackett on June 19.
At breakfast, Mark addressed all these amazing students participating in the program to talk about the growing importance of international issues in our daily lives and our work in Sudan. They then split up into small groups for one-on-one time with nonprofit leaders from the Memphis area.
Following a screening of our third documentary film, the small group of students we worked with had a lively discussion about Sudan, U.S. foreign policy, and why international issues are often times prioritized the wrong way.
For the remainder of the day we presented the students with an issue our organization has faced for some time now: what can we do better to grow our recurring donor program in a sustainable way. The students then worked together for several hours to come up with new ideas based on research, the changing dynamics of the nonprofit sector, and communication strategies.
We would like to thank the Governor's School program for this opportunity, as well as the students who participated and exhibited a high degree of professionalism throughout the day. We were very impressed with their intellect, organizational skills, and passion for international issues!
The Governor's School for International Studies (GSIS) provides a four week immersion into the world around us, including the study and discussion of global cultures, foreign languages and international perspectives. GSIS gives participants the opportunity to see far beyond the boundaries of their state and to explore and assess the global economic, historical and cultural relationships that affect us. Participants discuss world issues with political and business leaders and are encouraged to explore and develop their own conclusions and solutions to problems faced by third world nations. Through courses, projects, lectures and discussions, participants discover the growing complexities of international interdependence.