Global Dialogue to explore ways of transforming communities

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 8, 2010 – Transformational leaders from the New River Valley and other communities around the world, along with students and faculty from Virginia Tech and the University of San Diego in California, will gather in Blacksburg April 12-15 for an exchange of ideas during the 2010 Global Dialogue for Responsibility.

The Global Dialogue, which was first held in 2009 at the University of San Diego, explores ways in which entrepreneurs, community organizers, and other leaders across the globe have – often against extreme odds – created programs that address critical social concerns and transform communities.

Invited participants for the 2010 Global Dialogue, hosted by Virginia Tech, include community leaders from Guatemala, Sri Lanka, India, the Navajo Nation, Mexico, Ireland, and Costa Rica, as well as the New River Valley.

A number of Global Dialogue events are free and open to the New River Valley community.

Monday, April 12

Wednesday, April 14

Thursday, April 15

The Global Dialogue program also offers research and other scholarly opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students at Virginia Tech and the University of San Diego.

The 2010 Global Dialogue is sponsored by the Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships at Virginia Tech; the Community Foundation of the New River Valley; University of San Diego; Via International, a community development organization based in San Diego; and Virginia Tech’s Institute for Policy and Governance and Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention.

For more information about the 2010 Global Dialogue program and events, contact James Dubinsky, director of the Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships, at (540) 231-7935.