Conference—Transforming Dialogue Into Action: Passion With Purpose in Haiti


Location: Jordan Hall of Science

This conference will gather students and development practitioners to share their experiences and discuss the current state of aid in Haiti from a variety of perspectives, providing insight into effective individual action. Although the emphasis is on Haiti, information garnered from this event could help energize other ambitions.

Ralph Pennino, founder and president of InterVol, will share his inspirational journey from Notre Dame undergraduate with a dream to surgeon traveling the world and saving lives. A man of action, Dr. Pennino was on the ground in Haiti with medical supplies and expertise within nine days of the 2010 earthquake. His organization organizes medical volunteers, redistributes unused medical supplies, and runs educational programs in Belize.

During Lunch and Learn, participants will have the opportunity to showcase their groups, learn about fellow campus organizations, and ask about what others are working on in Haiti.

The panel discussion will explore criteria for judging effective aid programs and options for action on college campuses and in Haiti. In addition to Dr. Pennino, participants will include representatives of Notre Dame’s Nonprofit Excellence Program, Catholic Relief Services, the Notre Dame Haiti Program, and the Haitian Diaspora. There will be time for more personal conversation with the panelists in a breakout session following the larger group discussion.

A free lunch will be provided, and at the end of the day, D-Lux, a Chicago-based Haitian band, will perform and share aspects of their culture and music.

This is a Haiti Working Group Conference.

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