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UConn sophomore Devyn Shultz (in red shirt), the newly elected president of UConn’s Trachten-Zachs Hillel, chats with other students at a recent World Café forum.

Close to 50 UConn students, faculty and staff gathered at the campus’ Trachten-Zachs Hillel for “World Café” — an informal forum for the discussion of world issues. “World Cafe is a global concept where students can discuss topics they normally would not otherwise discuss,” explains Jessica Sokol, a UConn graduate student in higher education and student affairs who helps to organize the forums.  “We like to set up a fun environment where they can feel comfortable, learn, get their ideas out on the table and meet new people.” After an opening “ice-breaker” to help students relax and get to know one another, the discussion revolves around global citizenship and ways in which students can impact society.  Sokol’ says the goal of World Cafe forums is to open students’ minds and allow them to learn from one another.  She plans to expand the network of Global Café to include more and more students and student organizations.
For upcoming events or more information on World Cafe forums visit
www.communityoutreach.uconn.edu or contact jessica.sokol@uconn.edu.

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