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NYU Global Leadership Summit 2016

Global Leadership Summit 2016: Taking Action on the European Refugee Crisis

2016 NYU Global Leadership Summit

The 2016 NYU Global Leadership Summit brought together undergraduate students from across NYU campuses and global sites for a two-day intensive leadership development program. Students were invited to think critically about a challenge facing their global community and to develop the skills needed to take action and create meaningful impact.

Global issues like the European Refugee Crisis demonstrate that the challenges of the 21st century are simply too large and complex to be solved by a select group of people. The United Nations estimates that this is the worst migration crisis since World War II. This was the challenge at the core of the Summit theme.

This idea for the Summit came to us from Rachel Baruch, a former Leadership Initiative fellow studying at NYU London in fall 2015, who wanted to rethink the role of NYU students studying away during the crisis.

Representing cross disciplinary areas of study, this cohort of students brough passion, commitment, and experience from all over the world to their wide-ranging work. From food justice and education reform to creating sustainable communities, these students have already began to leave their mark at NYU and we can't wait to see the difference they will continue to make in our world.


Program Goals

The 2016 Summit offered students the opportunity to: 

  • Examine the Refugee Crisis from a “systems” perspective. Students heard from and worked alongside experts to make sense of the context in which the crisis developed, its underlying issues and the interactions between diverse players.
  • Rethink leadership as collective work. Through group discussions, students examined the role that leadership plays in helping individuals and organizations realize collective achievements.
  • Develop their capacity for ethical, inclusive and collaborative leadership. Students participated in hands-on skill-development workshops to grow their leadership capacity.
  • Take action by partnering with a local organization. Students learned from the Association for Integration and Migration and participated in activities that advanced their work on behalf of the migrant and refugee community in Prague.
  • Inspire other students to step-up to leadership and enhance their capacity. Students reflected on their experience and how their generation might step-up to global issues that call for collective leadership.
Selection Process
Applicants were asked to provide an endorsement from a NYU faculty or staff member as well as answer questions demonstrating their interest and knowledge in the European Refugee Crisis and commitment to learning with peers and contributing to their growth.
After careful review and consideration, the Summit Committee selected a diverse cohort of students based on their interest and knowledge of the European Refugee Crisis, ability to work collaboratively across difference, and leadership potential. We invite you to learn more about these talented students by reading their bios!