Ahmed Badr ’20 was one of 17 young people appointed by the UN to serve as Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals. They were selected from over 8,000 applicants from 184 countries, based on their “proven leadership and ability to inspire others.” Badr, holding the sign, at left, is pictured at the UN General Assembly in September.
The United Nations has named Ahmed Badr ’20 to the 17 Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), class of 2018. The UN Young Leaders, a flagship initiative of the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, recognizes young people for their exceptional leadership and contributions to a more sustainable world.
“It’s an absolute pleasure and privilege to be selected for this program,” said Badr, who is the second youngest UN Young Leader ever and the only Iraqi and American in this year’s class. “It’s an immense honor and responsibility to be a representative of these multiple identities and communities. Above all, it’s an exciting avenue to advocate for the world’s young people, regardless of their nationality or background.”
Badr is a junior at Wesleyan, studying anthropology and pursuing independent projects as an Allbritton Fellow and Patricelli Center Fellow. He was born in Iraq and in 2008 came to the United States as a refugee, after his family’s home in Baghdad was bombed by militia troops.
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The Allbritton Center, Wesleyan’s hub of civic engagement, is maintaining a calendar of campus and community events related to the recent presidential election and its aftermath.
“In the wake of the historic 2016 presidential election, we believe that civic engagement — in its many forms — is more important than ever,” said Civic Engagement Fellow Rebecca Jacobsen ’16.
The event listing is housed on the Allbritton Center’s Engage blog. Inclusion of an event does not equal endorsement. To submit an event, email email@example.com.
“We are committed to transparency, open discourse, and the safety and well-being of all our community members,” Jacobsen said.
Upcoming events include: Jummah on the Green (a prayer service and solidarity event) on Nov. 18 on Andrus Field; A Leftist Response to Trump Teach-In on Nov. 20 in Woodhead Lounge; United Against Hate – March of Resilience on Nov. 21 in Hartford; and an open town hall about campus organizing on Nov. 21 in Daniel Family Commons. View all events online here.
From left: Ellen Jewett ’81, P’17; Michael S. Roth ’78; Joshua Boger ’73, P’06, P’09; and Cathy Lechowicz cut the ribbon at the official naming ceremony for the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships.
On Feb. 26, Wesleyan honored Ellen Jewett ’81, P’17, a former trustee and incoming co-chair of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, for her many years of service to the university with the naming of the Jewett Center for Community Partnerships (JCCP) during a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside of the center, located on the third floor of the Allbritton Center. The ceremony was part of the university’s Board of Trustees reception.
The event was attended by more than 150 guests, including Wesleyan President Michael Roth ’78, outgoing board chairman Joshua Boger ’73, P’06, P’09, and JCCP director Cathy Lechowicz, as well as by current, former and emeriti trustees; faculty, staff, students, alumni and local community members; and Jewett’s family and friends.
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