West Islip Native Paige Hall to Participate in First U.S. Summit for Global Citizen Diplomacy

Hall will join discussions and presentations in Washington D.C. regarding technology as a conflict resolution tool.

West Islip native and Adelphi University junior Paige Hall (class of 2012) is headed to Washington D.C., along with three other Adelphi students, to participate in the inaugural U.S. Summit and Initiative for Global Citizen Diplomacy.

Sponsored by the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy (USCCD), the event is in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and will run from Tuesday to Friday, Nov. 16-19.  The Summit will convene leaders in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors who have an interest in fostering international communication and positive relations.

"As a business student, my goal is to participate and/or create sustainable social enterprises that can contribute to making positive changes,"Hall said.  "I'm excited to learn about current and new sustainable business models that can aid diplomatic efforts around the world."

The Summit will include task force presentations, round-table discussions, and networking opportunities.  Hall will present original research and policy recommendations regarding the use of cell phones as a tool for conflict resolution in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  She will discuss the strengths of this technology in aiding conflict resolution, as well as the weaknesses, which include being manufactured from minerals that are mined in conflicting regions.

While contributing to policy discussions on Capitol Hill, Hall will also provide status updates via Twitter and blog posts. Upon her return to campus, she will share her findings with the Adelphi community.

Hall is an accounting major who has excelled as a member of the Levermore Global Scholars Program at Adelphi, which promotes learning from a global perspective. She is also involved in a number of other on-campus organizations, including her role as vice president of the University's Entrepreneurial Society.

To learn more about the U.S. Summit and Initiative for Global Citizen Diplomacy, please visit its website here.


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