This month, as students from Colorado and Florida gathered for a rooftop barbecue in Kampala, Uganda, with African leaders to build global partnerships, collaborations and relationships, someone very powerful tried to tear them down.
MBA students in the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver, find that the skills they learn have uses outside the classroom. In fact, they’re equipped with the tools and knowledge they need to make an impact in communities around the world.
Some 8,000 miles away from the University of Denver campus, Ugandans are receiving the training they need to enter the workforce and improve their quality of life. The initiative — known as the Hospitality In-Service Training Program — is a partnership featuring DU, the Global Livingston Institute (GLI) and Staffable.
“TUDSA is pleased to have attracted the support of GLI and Global in Uganda,” said Michael Okiro-Emadit, TUDSA Country Director. “We would like Uganda to become a center of excellence for bringing services to people living with Down syndrome. This is doable if we all put our hands and minds to it.”
Our fearless chairman Andrew Ward describes the Entusi Music Fest as a “lintbrush for weirdos” and most people who have made their way to this annual event would probably agree! And if you have met Andrew you know that he makes up a lot of that lint!
Ryan Grundy, who is associate director of the Global Livingston Institute, adds Rwandan President Paul Kagame welcomed the two recent graduates of a Denver School of Science and Technology campus, the park’s manager and others to his home and farm on Sunday.
It is the first story that our charming Tanzanian guides Amadeus and Joelle tell us as we begin our five day ascent up Kilimanjaro. Legend has it that a trekker wanted to know how much further to the top of the mountain. After repeatedly inquiring, their guide finally replied “22“… every time they asked.
One of the first, 2005 Livingston Fellow Jamie Van Leeuwen, now senior adviser to Gov. John Hickenlooper, used his grant to visit Uganda and Rwanda, where after seeing firsthand the need for people “to do more listening and thinking before acting,” he created the Global Livingston Institute.
"We at GLI are focused on community development in Uganda and Rwanda, and are always open to expand the network with quality partnerships in the region," said Jamie Van Leeuwen, founder, Global Livingston Institute. "Joining forces with Paper Fig will allow us to bolster our leadership initiatives and connect with another well-established team on the ground."