Global Student Leadership Summit 2019 Cohort Selected

Feb. 21, 2019

Cohort Selected for 2019 Global Student Leadership Summit

A cohort of 23 student leaders from Webster University campuses in St. Louis, Geneva, Vienna, Leiden, and Accra have been selected for the Webster University 2019 Global Student Leadership Summit (GSLS), to be held in St. Louis, May 27-31.

The students form a diverse group representing 14 nationalities from Webster campuses in five countries and include undergraduate and graduate students.

Each participating campus conducted interviews to select the students to represent their campus. Once chosen, participants completed an online non-credit course prior to attending the summit.

About the Summit

The GSLS provides a unique opportunity for Webster University student leaders to gain knowledge and skills, and create positive change in a global environment.

The summit includes interactive sessions focused on leadership development, communication, intercultural competency, and social responsibility, plus a local excursion, and outstanding networking with fellow students from throughout the Webster global network.

The 2017 summit, held in Vienna, Austria, produced six campus-based action plans, allowing the student participants to implement positive change in student involvement on their home campuses.  To highlight a few:

  • The Geneva cohort worked to increase the involvement of incoming students using the LEADS program. 
  • The Vienna cohort instituted town hall meetings to improve communication within the campus. 
  • The Leiden cohort created a Webster Leader Board to enable interaction and collaboration between clubs on campus.
  • The St. Louis cohort created awareness campaigns and events to increase SGA voter turnout.

The inaugural summit, held in 2015 at the St. Louis campus as part of the Centennial celebration, resulted in plans to repeat the program every two years and rotate its location around Webster’s international campuses, with respective campuses supporting the students they send to the summit.

2019 Summit Cohort

Students (with major, year) in the 2019 cohort represent five campuses and home countries that include Azerbaijan, Croatia, Ghana, Iraq, Italy, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and United States.

St. Louis, MO, United States

  • Andrea Barajas, Animation, Senior
  • Megan Crenshaw, Biology, Junior
  • Cheyenne Davis, Biology and English, Sophomore
  • Vincent Fedorko, Speech Communications, Sophomore
  • Sarah Hill, Political Science, Freshman
  • Emma Larson, Journalism and English, Sophomore
  • Liah Neudecker, Scriptwriting, Junior
  • Andy Pham, Psychology and Game Design, Sophomore
  • Parichat Seagrave, International Human Rights, Junior
  • John Wallis, Speech/Communication Studies and International Relations, Sophomore
  • Matt West, Secondary Education: Social Sciences, Sophomore

Vienna, Austria

  • Valentyn Trehub, International Relations and Economics, Sophomore
  • David Ilioski, International Relations, Junior
  • Helena  Vukelja, Management and Psychology, Junior
  • Ali Rasulov, Finance, Graduate

Leiden, The Netherlands

  • Artyom Napolskiy, Psychology, Junior
  • Neha Purswaney, International Relations, Junior

Accra, Ghana

  • Aliyu Abba Bako, International Relations, Sophomore
  • Ellen Aboah, International Relations, Graduate

Geneva, Switzerland

  • Yasmin Mehboob-Kahn, Media Communications, Sophomore
  • Aya Abdullah, Media Communications, Sophomore
  • Martina Castiglioni, International Relations, Junior
  • Zain Abbas, Computer Science, Sophomore

GSLS Planning Committee

  • Katie Knetzer, director of the University Center
  • John Buck, associate vice president for student affairs/dean of students
  • Billy Ratz, director of parent engagement            
  • Jennifer Stewart, director of student engagement
  • Christine Benninger, student services coordinator at Leiden
  • Clara-Maria Koeck, student resource officer at Vienna
  • Kristina Shimkus, student affairs director at Geneva
  • Adelina Martey, student affairs coordinator at Ghana
  • Lisa Camp, graduate assistant for campus activities and GSLS 2017 alumni 

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