Arun Gandhi headlines annual leadership conference

26 Oct
Arun Gandhi

Arun Gandhi

SFA’s leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa welcomes Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, as the keynote speaker for its third annual leadership conference.

The event, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom, is free. Students are highly encouraged to take part in this prestigious, once-in-a-lifetime event. The RSVP form is available here (https://forms.sfasu.edu/studentaffairs/odk-rsvp.asp).

Gandhi, who lived with his grandfather for 18 months, is a renowned speaker and activist who has continued working in the footsteps of his grandfather. Together with his wife, Gandhi founded the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, now headquartered at the University of Rochester in New York. The institute’s mission is to foster understanding of nonviolence and how to put that philosophy to practical use through lectures, workshops and community outreach programs.

Following Gandhi’s keynote, participants may choose from a number of educational sessions presented by SFA student leaders, faculty and staff.

The closing speaker is Karen Walrond, the author of “The Beauty of Different” and popular blog Chookooloonks (www.chookooloonks.com). Walrond orchestrated a “photobomb” when members of a church in Florida threatened to burn copies of the Quran on the front lawn. She asked readers to mail her peaceful photos, and hundreds responded to her call for action.

Walrond will be available for a book signing at the close of conference. Copies of her book are available for purchase at SFA’s Barnes & Noble bookstore in the student center.

The event is cosponsored by the Office of Student Affairs Programs, Office of the Dean of Student Affairs and Office of Multicultural Affairs, with additional support from the SFA School of Honors and E-Tech.

For more information, contact Jamie Bouldin, assistant director for leadership and service, at jfbouldin@sfasu.edu.

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