Meeting Purpose: Closing comments and some upcoming plans
Date: April 27, 2012
Time: 9am – 11am
Though this was the final official meeting of the team, we still have some follow up to do on various projects. The Forks for Change club still has to orchestrate elections for the leadership of the club next semester, and Forks for Change also will get a small team together to get started early on applying for sponsorships for the It Takes One project that was postponed to the Fall 2012 semester. There is still follow up to do regarding the Leadership Summit in China, the books collected by Alexis for the orphans in Africa need to be sent out, we will need to collect more text books for the Gandhi College of Social Work in India in these upcoming weeks and send those to Birendra, and finally details for the Summit in India need to be confirmed. On the lattermost point, there is going to be a meeting at ASU on May 14th with the Vice President HR of Jain Irrigation Syestme, Ltd.
With all of our comments and suggestions we have realized that there are a lot of changes that need to be made in order for the new internship to be more effective and more impactful to the interns (this was the first semester that UCP-SARnet offered an internship in lieu of the undergraduate research course) and these changes will have to be decided on over the summer. One of the main changes that will take place is instead of entirely being responsible for administrative roles of the network, there will also be an integration of our team directly with community organizations.
One thing that we all agreed on was that the most motivating thing this semester was to hear about the work Jain Irrigation Systems does, to hear from Care for Life about their inspiring and successful work in Mozambique, to hear Chris Well's experience with the Peace Corps, to hear from the Asia Pacific Community in Action and Dr. Iris Drawer, and to connect with the Global Poverty Project and get to see how their advocacy makes a difference to fighting global poverty. Getting to know about the amazing and successful work of businesses and organizations that we in turn advocate for is a driving factor for our team and we want to get involved further than just advocating and want to be able to participate more with our partner organizations that are here in Arizona as well as other community organizations that can benefit from UCP-SARnet's outreach.
Though there were some struggles we have faced on the administrative and project planning level this semester, the network has made some strategic advancement and we really look forward to how the changes will play into the upcoming semesters.
Have a great summer everyone and Happy Graduation to members receiving their diplomas next week!