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.
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.
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."