Leading Change Together: A Pitch for Education, Community Engagement, Social Justice, and Sustainable Development


Leading Change Together is the powerful idea of impact behind the mission of Global Tassels, a registered 501(c)3 international organization focused on alleviating poverty in the most severely- impacted communities around the world . Global Tassels' signature mission is to provide access to college education with the goal of permanently empowering the sustainable development of such local communities. Our transformational model is derived from a chain of transactions, beginning with our students' passion for change, and culminating in the full commitment of their local community organizations to provide sustainable, poverty-reduction programs for the benefit of the people they serve. The presentation will highlight our global interactions with individuals and community organizations from Haiti, Colombia, Ivory Coast, India, Kenya, Guatemala, and the Philippines. It will address the importance of college and university involvement, investment and participation in this program. We believe that providing free undergraduate college education to our Student-Leaders is a commitment that colleges and universities must make -- a positive and sustainable educational initiative and a form of social justice. Our goal is to have students involve in academic leadership, openness to college-ready activities, and an action orientation to community engagement. All these will play role in developing and supporting a new generation of talents around the world. Thus, our organizing principles of education, empowerment and engagement ' taken together ' comprise the means to transform daily life for the residents of severely impacted communities around the world and it addresses the very concept of social justice.

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Elvin T. Ramos, School of Visual Arts, USA
Heide Hlawaty, Metropolitan College of New York, USA

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Conference: ACEID2016
Stream: Education for sustainable development

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