The Diaspora Tour at Seattle Colleges

seattlecollegesThe Diaspora Tour at Seattle Colleges: Live Locally, Act Globally was a Global Diaspora Week 2014 event hosted by Seattle Colleges in Washington.

Jill Wakefield, Seattle Colleges Chancellor provided opening remarks and Andrew O’Brien, Special Representative for Global Partnerships for the U.S. Department of State, moderated a panel. A reception was hosted after the program.

Panelists included:

  • East Africa: Yadesa Bodija, Seattle Central College alum. Bodija raises money to build schools and libraries in Ethiopia.
  • Latin America: Roberto Carcelén, former Olympian. The Roberto Carcelén Foundation will provide opportunities to children ages 6 to 15 through computer science and sports.
  • East Africa: Rob Smith, owner of EarthWise Ventures. EarthWise builds ferries to support infrastructure in Africa so commerce can take place.
  • Asia: Alex-Hung H. Tran, president of Western United Fish. Western United Fish developed the tuna business in Vietnam, to the point that Vietnam is now the largest exporter of tuna to the U.S.
  • Middle East: Rita Zawaideh, founder of the Salaam Cultural Museum. Zawaideh leads humanitarian missions to Jordan and Syria to meet the basic needs of refugees now numbering in the hundreds of thousands.