Notre Dame students to speak and present at service conference

Author: Tim Masterton


FiveUniversity of Notre Dame students will be representing the University at the 22 nd annual Campus Outreach Opportunity League (C.O.O.L.) Idealist National Conference March 3 to 5 atVanderbiltUniversityinNashville,Tenn.

Kamaria Porter, a senior history major, will deliver one of two student keynote addresses at the conference and speak on the power to enact change.Porter has been active in many projects at Notre Dame, including the founding of the Campus Labor Action Project in 2005 to advocate for workers’ rights and the living wage for campus employees.She also helped to build a young adultsorganization in her nativeChicagocalled Public Action for Change Today.

Four students also will lead workshops during the conference.Sarah Liu, a senior fromTaiwan, will presentProvoking Hope: AIDS Epidemic inCambodia,based upon her summer service project experiences there.

Lupe Gomez, a senior fromEast Chicago,Indiana, will leadFarmworker Solidarity after Taco Bell,detailing the story of the Coalition of Imakolee Workersvictory over the fast food chain and highlighting the importance of student involvement.

Sara Snider, a sophomore fromWaddington,New York, will presentRemixing Leadershipon ways leaders can use diversity to create a new generation of change-agents.Katie McHugh, a sophomore fromElmhurst,Illinois, will leadLiving Wage on Your Campusto discuss how and why campuses should adopt a living wage.

The studentstrip is sponsored by Notre Dames Center for Social Concerns, Arts and Letters Undergraduate Intellectual Initiative, and Institute for Latino Studies.

The C.O.O.L. Idealist National Conference annually draws over 1,500 students and is the countrys largest meeting of campus community members involved in service, activism, politics and socially responsible work.

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