The focus of Friday's meeting was to reestablish what has been accomplished since the beginning of the semester and discuss the plan till the end of the year.
One important task for the UCP-SARnet Leadership Team is to continue editing and adding information to the specific pages they are responsible for on the website. Nikhil will be granting members of the Leadership Team full administrative access so that they can better carry out their tasks. There have been technical problems with posting on the blogs and forums, and though the issues are been worked out with IGLOO, members responsible for individual blogs and forums need to ensure that material posted is both professional and appropriate. It is every member's task to add information on organizations working towards MDGs. We want to present informative and well put together pages for public interest and viewing. Invitations to join UCP-SARnet need to be sent to the students of SIAS soon, we are receiving several emails asking for invitations.
Birendra Kumar is taking a five-year-trip around the world to speak to various communities and promote the MDGs. In order to assist Birendra's goal, we are to brainstorm ideas within one week to further promote Birendra's trip and send our ideas to Poorvi who is responsible for overseeing the promotion of the trip.
Ideas for the promotion of UCP-SARnet were bounced around at the meeting. The volunteer fair Nikhil and Paul attended on behalf of UCP-SARnet did not garner much attention as we had hoped so instead we are looking into emailing different academic advisors who would be willing to email students about the opportunity to intern or volunteer with UCP-SARnet next semester. Other ideas included putting up posters and flyers and running a table at the Psi Chi Internship Fair.
The Women's Academy in China has been established and we are now working toward creating folders for the academy on UCP-SARnet. There will be eleven moderators and 100 female students. The students are responsible for becoming a part of UCP-SARnet as well as completing their projects on the MDGs. The moderators will be responsible for initiating forums for the students to take part in. Quihong will be in charge of monitoring the Women's Academy page which will be found in the Courses part of the website with links to it from both china's page and the MDG #3 page. As relevant, Quihong will also be responsible for monitoring the MDG #3 page.
There are issues regarding financial support and location of the next conference to be held in China. Location of the conference (SIAS or Chengdu University) will depend on kind of financial support the schools will be able to offer. While the decision is yet to be made, Dr. Marek's proposal for the conference was looked over and the need for sponsorship was also discussed.
Conferences and Courses
The United Nations are planning to provide community leaders around world with better updated information regarding the MDGs. Along with updating information, the UN is looking to attract more community leaders and in the future perhaps looking into high school participation. As there is a need to address MDG issues, and responsibility of higher education, Dr. Marek will be proposing that information alone will not be enough to attract community leaders, rather there will be a need to: change attitudes and perceptions, organize classes so that they speak to the mind and emotions, and undertake partnerships and networking with multicultural dialogue for the success of any kind of training.
We discussed a ten module training that will hopefully be offered as a professional development class in which people can attend and further their community oriented career goals. The content and the format of the training were discussed in detail. The charge for all ten modules was estimated for $495 per person. (L.G.)