6th International Perspective Conference Principia College – Illinois

CLICE’s Director, Mrs. Akinyombo Speaks at the 6th International Perspectives Conference at Principia College, Illinois

In response to rapid growth in globalization and the increased interconnectedness between nations from all parts of the globe, the Principia College Illinois extended an invitation to CLICE Foundation’s Director, Mrs. Akinyombo Ibidolapo to the 6th international perspective conference. The conference was formerly known as the Pan-African Conference, solely focused on issues concerning the people of the African Diaspora, and celebrated the beautiful cultural diversity that is found on the African continent.

Previous Speakers at Principia College: In addition to those who have contributed to previous Pan African conferences, Principia has hosted many distinguished speakers. Past speakers include: Doris Kearns Goodwin, Vincente Fox, Barack Obama, Margaret Thatcher, George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Colin Powell, Henry Kissinger, James Baker, Oscar Aria, Coretta Scott King, Wangari Maathai, Muhammad Yunus, Wole Soyinka, and Madeline Albright.

The International Perspectives Conference serves to:  Educate others to become global citizens, embrace perspectives and approaches that are different from your own, celebrate diversity, and unify humanity.

For nineteen years, Principia College has held a student-run conference focused on international perspectives. The 2021 conference incorporated multiple perspectives from around the world with a focus on issues concerning the people of the African Diaspora, and celebrate the beautiful cultural diversity that is found on the African continent. Racism, sexism, colonialism, gender inequality, etc. as these are some of the most common issues societies around the world have struggled with and continue to face.

These “isms” express a tendency to create division between groups of people that are different or think differently leading to an “us” vs. “them” mentality, where the other is seen as the enemy.

What prohibits us from seeing the commonalities we share to build meaningful relationships? Sadly, every culture has its own set of structures that stop us from doing so. However, through education and action, we can do our part to overcome these limiting belief systems and reach out to form a society that respects and supports everyone

Our Director, Mrs. Akinyombo Ibidolapo shared her perspective on the theme “Sexism and Gender Inequality.” with the aim of identifying the “social-isms” that appear to divide people on campus and present solutions to build the bridges needed to overcome them with the hope of inspiring a generation of changemakers that are aware of the isms we fall victim to and take action to correct them for a better future.

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