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Adler University Vancouver Campus
520 Seymour St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 3J5
Join us in discovering the untold stories of Adler students, alumni & staff!
Connect with the community and learn about their social justice efforts in Côte d’Ivoire, India, Jamaica, Afghanistan, Ghana, China, Taiwan, and more.
⫸⫸⫸⫸ SCHEDULE ⫷ ⫷ ⫷ ⫷
5:15-5:30 pm: Arrival
5:30-6:30 pm: Lightening talks in Community Hall
6:30-7:30 pm: Wine & cheese on roofop
What is a ligtning talk? A lightning (or flash) talk is a very short presentation lasting only a few minutes. Usually several lightning talks are delivered by different speakers in a single session.
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➊ Manuel Ekpini, Student
Lightning Talk: Challenges of peacekeeping and peacebuilding in Africa and my journey to Adler.
Manuel is an Adler student from Cote d’Ivoire, currently completing his Masters of Public Policy and Administration with concentration in Social Change Leadership. He received a B.A. degree in Homeland Security and National Politics from Tiffin University in Ohio. He currently works as a fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders and Public Relations Officer for The Little African Stars Foundation. Before moving to Vancouver, Manuel worked as Political Affairs Intern at the United Nations’ Department of Peacekeeping Operations, aiming to bring peace and stability to the Central African Republic.
➋ Bill Arbuckle, Alumnus
Lightning Talk: The experience of trying to deliver group programs having been trained in North America: how cultural differences almost completely derailed plans.
Bill holds a Masters degree in counselling psychology from Adler, and is currently a registered clinical counsellor working with substance-affected individuals living in the downtown Eastside and Strathcona areas. Bill had the opportunity to go to southern India, design group programs for disadvantaged and rural youth, and learn about cultural differences in psychotherapy.
➌ Christopher Whyne, Staff
Lightning Talk: I wanted to rich! How The heck did I end up here?
Chris is Adler’s Manager of Community Action and Engagement. He has worked professionally and volunteered on multiple initiatives that span several countries including Jamaica, Japan, Ghana, Germany, and Afghanistan. He has facilitated learning outcomes and systems changes from the grass root to institutional levels and will discuss how his pursuit for
➍ Chang Linda Liu, Student
Lightning Talk: Dreams under the city light, everyone has a dream.
Linda is a first year Master of Counselling student at Adler. Besides counselling, she is also passionate about photojournalism and she has been using photos to document people's lives since 2016. Over the past two years, she has photographed over 500 people across Vancouver, San Francisco, Taipei, and Beijing.
➎ Julie Zimmerman, Alumna
Lightning Talk: Community development and global relationship building: my experience working with Food for the Hungry in Uganda
Julie is a graduate of Adler's Masters in Arts in Organizational Psychology Program. She is presently the Community Program Leader of a Primary Care Centre in North Vancouver, serving the region's most vulnerable, high needs population. She is passionate about creating and building community within the workplace as well as in the neighbourhood; as well as supporting people as they endeavour to live out their best life. When she is not working you will find her hiking in the North Shore Mountains with her dog or spending time with people she loves. The latter often involves wine!