A Nazareth professor and two students were part of a delegation attending the Clinton Global Initiative University conference in St. Louis at Washington University last April. Mary Kay Bradley, M.A., CCC-SLP, clinical assistant professor of speech-language pathology, along with Kaitlin Graham ’13, ’15G and Catherine Beers ’14G, joined a group of national and international college and university student activists, heads of NGOs, celebrities, and topic experts to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. Nearly 1,200 attendees addressed CGIU’s five focus areas: education, environment and climate change, peace and human rights, poverty alleviation, and public health.
“I left Washington University knowing that any change starts with awareness,” says Beers. “That may take the form of researching the supply chain of companies that I make purchases from, to sharing information that I gather with friends, faculty, and other members of the Rochester community. At the most basic level I can talk about the issues; I can use my voice to make sure that other voices will be heard.”
Front row, l to r
Steven Perlman, Special Olympics/AADMD; Kaitlin Graham ’13, 15G; President Clinton; Chelsea Clinton; Ann Costello, Golisano Foundation; Mary Kay Bradley, Nazareth’s clinical assistant professor of speech-language pathology.
Back row l to r
Michelle Cornacchia, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; Abrahim Caroci, A.T. Still University; Catherine Beers ’14G; Jara Johnson, University of Rochester; Meredith Ciaccia, Special Olympics; Haylie Bernacki, Special Olympics.