|Manhattanville Participates in UN Academic Impact Event|
|Wednesday, November 17, 2010|
On November 18 and 19, Manhattanville College joined together with 50 colleges and universities from around the world at the United Nations for the launch event of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI). President Molly Smith, Professor Beth Williford, Roger Drew, Ileana Rodriguez, and Mike Seminara represented Manhattanville. The initiative aims to create new partnerships by engaging with the academic world.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other senior United Nations officials were joined by more than 300 university presidents, senior faculty members and student representatives for the event. UNAI includes members in more than 90 countries - a global alliance in which institutions of higher education and research share with the world body a culture of intellectual social responsibility. Representatives from Manhattanville worked side by side with other American Universities including: New York University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, the University of Chicago and the University of Connecticut.
The launch event culminated with a concert titled, "Sounds of Heaven" featuring the Asia-Pacific United Orchestra the in the General Assembly Hall.
The ten principles that are were set to guide college and universities moving forward with the UN Academic Impart are as follows:
Participating schools are asked to take part in one event per year that addresses at least one of the ten principles. At Manhattanville, we are already addressing most of these issues through our Duchesne Center; we must now look towards combining our efforts with other members of UNAI.
"The United Nations understands the enormous impact of scholarship, innovation and ideas," the Secretary-General said. "We are trying to harness that great power to build a better world; a world where human ingenuity will make our homes, communities and consumption patterns socially and environmentally sustainable; a world where research receives the funding and support it needs to defeat disease, deprivation and despair; a world where the 'unlearning' of intolerance will bridge barriers that still divide nations and peoples."
To learn more about the United Nations Academic Impact visit: