Southeastern Students Participate in International Business Conference at Bryant University

Geoanny Calderon-Hampton and Asha Molin, Class of 2018, were selected to participate in a two-day LIFE (Linkages in Foreign Affairs Empowerment) youth program, which took place at Bryant University on June 2—3. The program, aimed at  introducing minority high school students to business and professional careers, included courses on geography, international business, foreign affairs, multicultural relations, and skill-building for career planning.  

Geoanny, a Business Marketing major at Southeastern, said she loved the program and wished it had been longer. She enjoyed meeting the students from other high schools and liked learning about different cultures, religion and business practices.  She and her classmates discussed United States immigration policies and whether to let refugees into the country.  They also learned about how different cultures view time and how that affects their view of the world.

“I’ve always wanted to own my own business, but this has made me think of going into international business.  It really taught us how to get along with people around us,” she said.

Asha is a Culinary Arts major from Brockton and she said her favorite part of the program was meeting people.  She hopes to eventually own her own business and she thinks the program has taught her to how to communicate better with different types of people.

“I loved everything.  The experience was great, and I’m still in contact with some of the other students in the program,” she said.

During the program, students had opportunities to learn from Bryant faculty and staff and local leaders from The Links, a nonprofit organization for women focused on leadership, education and service.

Bryant University, located in Smithfield, Rhode Island, offers academic programs that are focused on the integration of business and the arts and sciences with a global perspective.

By: Candance Hall