Student Leaders From Across The Globe To Attend CU Leadership Institute
June 9, 2008
Student leaders from around the world are on the University of Colorado
at Boulder campus through July 6 to participate in an institute focused
on creating global social change.
Known as the Global Leadership Institute, the student-created program is
designed to bring together future global leaders and teach them the
principles of social entrepreneurship, according to CU-Boulder student
Daniel Epstein, who co-founded and is co-directing the institute.
CU-Boulder student Michael Forte is co-director of the institute and
Chelsea Komlo is assistant director.
Eighteen students from Sierra Leone, Russia, Pakistan, Colombia, China, Bulgaria, Mexico, Iran, Germany, Palestine, Kenya and CU-Boulder are attending the institute that began on June 6.
"Social entrepreneurship is a hybrid between a for-profit business and a
nonprofit business," Epstein said. "It's a nonprofit that generates its
own income so it does not have to rely on outside funding."
Being self-sufficient is the critical piece of social entrepreneurship
they want to teach the visiting student leaders, because once they get
back to their countries most of them aren't going to have access to
outside funding, according to Epstein.
"We need to teach them and train them how to develop these social
businesses or nonprofit models that are self-sufficient and replicable,"
he said. "They may need seed money to start the organization, but once
it's started they need to be self-sufficient so they can keep creating
While at CU-Boulder the students will take two classes titled "Global
Issues in Leadership" and "21st Century Leadership," take field trips
and participate in workshops and community service projects.
Epstein said he hopes the visiting students learn about what it takes to
be a leader and that they make great connections while in Boulder.
"Our goal is to create a collaborative community among future leaders
around the world," Epstein said. "We believe that this is the first step
in solving the global issues we are seeing today."
For more information about the Global Leadership Institute visit the Web
site at http://globalleaders.info/boulder.asp.
A podcast featuring Epstein discussing the Global Leadership Institute
can be heard by visiting http://www.colorado.edu/news/podcasts.
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