Ahmed Fahad, a third year College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services doctoral student, entered and won the United Nations’ (UN) 2015 Many Languages, One World International Student Essay Contest and Global Youth Forum. Organized by ELS Educational Services and The United Nations Academic Impact, the competition promotes worldwide multilingualism and attracted over 1,200 entrants.
When asked why he entered the contest, Fahad stated, “I have always had a passion for intercultural communication and multilingualism, and the idea that this program’s objective was to select 70 multilingual people from many countries to address the issue of sustainable development at the United Nations was so attractive to me. I wanted to have a voice both as an international student from UC and as bilingual person.”
The 70 winners, representing 42 countries and 60 universities, presented their ideas on sustainable development at the UN General Assembly in New York City on July 24. Students also attended a forum at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY.
Fahad, originally from Iraq, shared his presentation on promoting sustained and inclusive economic growth, full and productive employment, and adequate work for all. He described the experience as “rewarding to be given the opportunity to speak in the international organization, to see that my speech was live-streamed to the world and translated into seven languages. It is a life changing experience that boosts my confidence every time I talk about global issues, sustainability goals, peace, and equal rights.” Enrolled in the Literacy and Second Language Studies Program in the School of Education, Fahad’s research focuses on second-language acquisition and pedagogy, critical discourse analysis, and computer-mediated communication.
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