The Office of International Programs is pleased to announce Barnard’s Global Symposium Student Representatives. These students will travel to South Africa next month to attend the College’s 3rd Annual Global Symposium and assist with a leadership workshop for high school students from around Johannesburg.

Reni Calister is a senior majoring in History, with a concentration in Leadership Studies as an Athena Scholar.  Reni was elected as the president of the Senior Class and also serves as president of Columbia University’s sole sketch comedy group, Chowdah. Reni is a Goldman Sachs Global Leader and a proud graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School, and she hopes to take her passion for women's leadership to the Global Symposium in South Africa.

Clare Korir is a junior from Kenya, majoring in Economics and History. Clare has always had a keen interest in African politics and hopes to work for a public policy-making institution in Kenya after graduating. The Symposium will give her the opportunity to interact with women leaders in Africa and learn about the different opportunities and challenges that accompany the responsibility of leadership.

Freesia Levine is a senior pursuing a combined major in Human Rights and Africana Studies, with a minor in Psychology.  She is also an Athena Scholar. She has dedicated her time at Barnard to community and international activism by serving as a leader of student organizations, performing extensive volunteer work in the greater Harlem community, and interning at a women’s rights organization at the United Nations. She is very excited to take part in this year’s Global Symposium because of her strong interest in girl’s education and youth leadership development in Africa. After graduation, Freesia plans to continue working towards greater educational equality, both in the United States and abroad.

Hayley Milliman is a junior majoring in Anthropology, with a minor in Ancient Studies. Her interest in women in Africa began in high school, when she was greatly inspired by the leadership, strength, and determination of the women she met while volunteering in a rural village in Mali. Hayley hopes to later pursue a degree in elementary education and work in international education development, focusing on literacy in Africa. She is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to travel to South Africa for Barnard's third global symposium and learn from some of the amazing female leaders in Africa today.

Renée Slajda is a sophomore majoring in Africana Studies with an Interdisciplinary Concentration in Race and Ethnicity.  She is interested in locally-based development initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa, and hopes the Symposium will give her greater insight into the role women can play in these initiatives.  She believes that this experience will influence her possible future career in the non-profit sector. 

Mbali Zondi is a first year student from South Africa. She is a graduate of the African Leadership Academy, where Barnard will be hosting the leadership workshop for high school girls in Johannesburg. Mbali has a keen interest in education in South Africa and pan-African initiatives. This symposium will enrich her understanding about African problems facing women in a hope that she will return home to build a better African continent.