Southeastern Students Participate in Leadership & International Affairs Program at Bryant University

Southeastern Students Participate in Leadership & International Affairs Program at Bryant University

Seven Southeastern students were selected to participate in the two-day Linkages in Foreign Affairs Empowerment (LIFE)  youth program, which took place at Bryant University on June 7—8.  The program is designed to introduce high school students to international business, foreign affairs, and multicultural relations in order to prepare them for professional careers in a global economy.

The students who participated are sophomores and juniors, all from Brockton, who are enrolled in a variety of vocational majors at Southeastern.  They include two sophomores: Ariel Holder (Medical Assisting) and Abygaelle Bissereth (Dental Assisting), and five juniors: Eder Paiva and Darryl Braggs (Business Marketing), Deontae Cox and Aaliyah Lemy (Culinary Arts), and Annalisa Rodrigues (Medical Assisting).

During these two days, students worked directly with Bryant faculty and staff, college students, business leaders, and members from The Links Incorporated. They engaged in various activities aimed at developing skills in career planning, team building, time management, and course mapping with a focus on global citizenship.

Eder Paiva, who immigrated to the United States from Cape Verde when he was 9-years-old, said he enjoyed meeting students who had heritage from a diverse group of countries, including Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Japan, South Korea and Chile.  He wants to pursue a career in business or computer science, and he plans on applying to Bryant University next year.

“This program opened my mind to international business.  I think it has really broadened my horizon,” he said.

Darryl Braggs said the program has encouraged him to work in a career that will involve travelling and learning about other cultures.

“This was really a great experience, and I would highly recommend it to other high school students,” he said.

Chemistry Teacher Carmen Amaral, who encouraged the students to apply to the program, said the experience provides an exceptional opportunity for young people.

“I think it’s crucial that students see their unique cultural backgrounds as well as the diversity of our school community as assets. The LIFE program helps to do just that.  It teaches participants to use their backgrounds and cross cultural experiences as tools that will undoubtedly give them an advantage as they pursue post-secondary education and professional careers,” she said.

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

By:  Candace Hall