DEN's International Student Conference

An Excellent Opportunity for Students to Learn From Academics but also from Each Other

On the 10th and 11th of May, I had the pleasure of attending two days conference on Anti-racism in Higher Education and DEN’s International Student Conference. For two days, we were immersed in discussions and workshops about education and its power to create positive change. During the first workshop day, we explored the challenges and opportunities of implementing inclusivity in our everyday lives. Guest speakers shared inspiring stories about how education can be a form of resistance. We concluded the workshop day by reflecting on collaboration and how to foster it in our communities. As a result of the workshops, I could reflect on how we should acknowledge and use our privileges wisely. We discussed that we can still be part of the solution even if we don’t have the power to change the systems that perpetuate inequality. We should be mindful of how our actions affect others and strive to create a safe space for everyone to express themselves. We should embrace our differences and build bridges between different communities.

During the second day of the workshop, students were given the chance to participate in panel discussions about something they felt strongly about. This activity allowed the students to learn from each other and gain a deeper understanding of various viewpoints in the room. The conversations were inspiring and fostered a greater appreciation for diversity. The workshop was a triumph in creating an inclusive environment where students felt encouraged to express their thoughts and ideas. Through the discussions, they developed empathy for each other and formed stronger relationships. Overall, the workshop proved to be a rewarding learning experience for everyone involved.

I presented an argument I have been passionate about throughout my university experience. I discussed the Sustainable Development Goals and how they are implemented in Latin America. I conveyed the importance of sustainability and the government’s role in achieving it. I was very proud to present my argument to a large audience. Although I was nervous about speaking, I was very satisfied with how the presentation turned out and received positive feedback from the audience. I am very proud and grateful for the opportunity to share my views and have a meaningful impact on the people who heard my presentation.

Overall, these two days have been an excellent opportunity for students to learn from academics but also from each other. We have been able to exchange ideas, discuss different perspectives and develop creative solutions, all in a safe and welcoming environment. I look forward to more events like this in the future!

Veronica Giannelli

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