Centennial College hosts a kinder, gentler summit

TORONTO, June 23 /CNW/ - Centennial College is inviting the public to participate in a kinder, gentler summit exchange that doesn't involve water cannons and shouting over barricades.

On Thursday, June 24, six teams of Centennial students, each representing a different nation, will square off in a "Shadow Summit" discussing issues facing our globalized economy. The audience will vote for the team that presents the best solutions, based on set criteria.

Observing the proceedings will be local community groups such as youngsters from East Metro Youth Services, among others. The G20 Shadow Summit will be featured on a live blog on the college's Humanracebook.com website.

The day is part of a broader initiative by Centennial to engage the community in debating the economic issues of our times. Students, faculty and members of the public can voice their opinions on G20 issues in the Shadow Summit blog at Humanracebook.com.

"We encourage our students to become not just exceptional graduates, but global citizens ready to make a difference in the workplace and the world," says Ann Buller, president and CEO of Centennial College.

Through its groundbreaking Signature Learning Experience (SLE), Centennial compels its students to participate in respectful, open-minded dialogue as they develop their critical-thinking skills. The SLE promises a distinctive, inclusive education experience that builds on a foundation of global citizenship, equity and inclusion.

Centennial's Shadow Summit is being promoted through social media and by means of an eye-opening print advertisement that shows riot police holding foam pool noodles and inflatable toys in place of truncheons and shields.

Centennial College encourages everyone to add their opinions to the Book of Voices at Humanracebook.com. Placards are optional.

    Date/time:  Thursday, June 24, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
    Location:   Progress Campus Student Centre, Centennial College
                941 Progress Avenue (east of Markham Road), Scarborough

SOURCE Centennial College

For further information: For further information: Media contact: Mark Toljagic, Communications Officer, Centennial College, 416-289-5000, ext. 7142, mtoljagic@centennialcollege.ca

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