Millenium Campus Conference: Making Brandeisians proud

September 20th, 2012

This past weekend, over a thousand college students gathered at Northeastern University for the Millennium Campus Conference. During the two days of the event, participants had the opportunity to attend lectures with key note speakers and to also participate in workshops and networking sessions. Through the discussion of the Millennium Development Goals, the conference helped attendees develop tangible skills that can be applied to every day life.

An interesting aspect of MCC was Brandeis’ alumni and student leadership throughout the event. Sam Vaghar ’08, the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Millennium Campus Network, is a great example of how Brandeis students can incorporate their passion for social justice to a professional career. Vaghar has met with President Obama and was  a featured speaker in a tour to Bosnia and Herzegovina through the request of the State Department. Leila May Pascual ’15 and Sarah Van Buren ’13 facilitated a workshop named ”Mobilizing a Movement Through Personal Narrative”. Through their workshop, participants learned how to better expose their stories to an audience and to explain why they became passionate about a cause. In addition, Sajed Kamal, a Brandeis lecturer, participated in a discussion on ”Environmental Tensions: The Pressures Developing Countries Face Regarding Climate Change.”

Marci McPhee from the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis facilitated a workshop named ”Maximizing My Impact in the World”. With the help of three students (Sarah van Buren ’13, Paul Sukijthamapan ’13 and Miriam Wong ’14), McPhee spoke about how to channel one’s passions and the best how one can cause changes, whether locally or globally.

Moreover, Brandeis students were very excited to see their peers taking on leaderships roles at a major event. According to Genevieve Oliveira ’15, ”The conference was very well organized and the participants were clearly excited to be there. However, to me, the best part was seeing my peers talk about their achievements and inspire so many others to do the same. The things they are doing outside of the classroom show me that social justice does not have to be something that is only mentioned while at Brandeis – we can take it with us throughout our lives”. For more information regarding Millennium Campus Conference and the Brandeisians that participated in this year’s event, please visit htttp://www.mcc2012.org.