ODK student leader accepted for prestigious summit

15 Jul
ODK member accepted for Hesselbein Summit

ODK member accepted for Hesselbein Summit

Blanca Jahaziel Hiriart-Lozoya (“Jazi”), a Spring 2011 inductee into Omicron Delta Kappa, will be attending the prestigious Student Leadership Summit, which is run by the University of Pittsburgh’s Hesselbein Global Academy for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement.

Jazi, a Political Science major and International Studies minor set to graduate in August, was one of only 50 students worldwide accepted through an application process to attend the summit, which takes place July 23-26 in Pittsburgh.

“We are so thrilled to see our students taking advantage of leadership opportunities such as this,” Jamie Bouldin, assistant director for leadership and service and faculty secretary for SFA’s ODK Circle, said. “To see one of our students accepted into such a small, prestigious pool of student leaders taking part in this summit is a great honor for SFA and the Office of Student Affairs Programs.”

Jazi was interested in attending the summit because of its vision of producing experienced, ethical leaders equipped to address critical issues throughout the world.

“It’s compatible with my passion and commitment for internationalization, cross-cultural education, diversity and global citizenship,” she said.  “I am most excited about joining other student leaders from across the world to learn how to be an effective and innovative leader, as well as learning from mentors and their expertise.”

The summit’s schedule includes sessions with CEOs and military leaders on a variety of topics of interest to future leaders, including focuses on philanthropy and civic engagement and creating dynamic businesses. Jazi is particularly excited about a presenter named Belinda Pinckney.

“She’s one of only a few African-American females who have been general officers in the United States Army,” she said.

“We learned about this opportunity through some advertising the Hesselbein group did, and made sure our student leaders knew about this chance,” Bouldin said. “Especially since the summit offers to cover nearly all of the student’s expenses, it was an excellent way for our students to take part in an exciting event at minimal cost. We look forward to hearing about Jazi’s experience and what she can bring back to SFA and ODK.”

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