Panel of Community Leaders Speak to Undergraduates

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March 26, 2012

WNY Leaders Panel

On Wednesday, March 21, Medaille hosted a panel of community leaders to address an audience of students involved in Community 101 projects, which are framed by three general concepts: 1. that communities have a story; 2. that those stories shape individual and collective identities; and, 3. that members of a community are not only “written” by such stories but also contribute to “writing” them.

The panelists aimed to enhance students’ participation in the Community 101 projects by helping them understand how to “read” Buffalo and contribute to “writing” its future.
With a common theme and specific mission to make the community a better place, the panel explored goals that their own organizations have for community improvement, while also sharing personal challenges and rewards of actively engaging in the community. Open discussion prompted students to make connections, and draw parallels to better realize and develop the ability to contribute to their community.

The panel included: David Hore, co-president of PCB Group, Inc., president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County, and active member of The United Way of Buffalo and Erie County; Ben Johnson, Parkside Community Association; and, Sally Heron, outreach coordinator for the Pride Center’s new Transgender Health Initiative, engaging transgender and gender non-conforming individuals around issues of healthcare.

- Shelby Little '12

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