AQB students participation in the 6th Annual Get Engaged: Student Action & Youth Leadership Conference in Budapest, Hungary.
Three Al-Quds Bard students, Dina Labadi, Shadin Nassar and Nabaa Khamees along with our Student-Led Initiative Coordinators, Winta Mehari and Sondos Odeh, participated in the 6th Annual Get Engaged: Student Action & Youth Leadership Conference from March 15-22, 2019, at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Our students were of the 34 students selected from all of the Bard Network campuses and partnerships, including: Al Quds Bard College, American University of Central Asia, Bard College (Annandale), Bard College Berlin, European Humanities University, and Smolny College. This conference provided a platform for our students to strengthen their leadership, networking and presenting skills through workshops, academic and social excursions as well as one-on-one connections with faculty, staff and administrators from all around the Bard Network. All students at the conference run civic engagement projects that address complicated social issues investing in making a difference in their community. They were also able to connect with the professors of each campus that will be participating in the Civic Engagement Network Course launching Fall 2019; AQB professors Nicolas Veroli and Samer Jaber will be leading the course at AQB. The values of the conference are strongly aligned with the mission we serve at Al Quds Bard College.
Dina Labadi's student-led initiative, Helping Nursing Homes and Special Needs Schools provides volunteers to assist staff and teachers, and provides resources for interactive activities for nursing homes and special needs schools in Palestine, impacting 38 people. Shadin Nassar co-leads a student led initiative, Written Voices, which introduces creative writing to the Palestinian community through fun and educational workshops, impacting 79 people. Nabaa Khamees' initiative, Toward a Wonderful Future, helps refugee children in Dheisheh Refugee Camp learn English using AQB teaching methods, impacting 86 people. These are three of the newest projects started at AQB making huge impacts in Palestine on the local level but there are many students that create their own student-led initiative or join one that already exists! We are so proud of our students who are being the change that they want to see in the world.