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Seton Hall University Sustainable Development Challenge 2017

Seton Hall University School of Diplomacy held their annual Sustainable Development Challenge last Friday on campus. The Sustainable Development Challenge is a scholarship competition for students in both the pre-undergraduate and pre-graduate levels. Each person who enters the challenge is competing for scholarships to attend the Seton Hall School of Diplomacy’s Undergraduate and Graduate program. There are winners for each category of pre-undergraduate and pre-graduate. The 1st Place Winners of each category received a $2,500 cash prize, as well as a $10,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall. The 2nd Place Winner received a $1,000 cash prize and a $6,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall. The rest of the finalists, who presented on the day of the challenge, received a $4,000 scholarship to attend Seton Hall.

There were students from all over the world who competed in both levels. Including students from Kenya, and Brazil. Coming from within the United States there was also a student from Washington State.

Each student prepared a presentation and statement on one or more of the sustainable development goals and how they would take action to help achieve that goal around the world. Students were judged by Chris Whatley, the Executive Director of UNA-USA, Dr. Mary Norton, Professor and Executive Director of the Global Studies Program at Felician University, Fr. Brian Muzas, Professor and Director of the UN Center for UN and Global Studies at Seton Hall University, Dean Courtney Smith of the Seton Hall School of Diplomacy and Dr. Martin Edwards, the previous director of the UN Center for UN and Global Studies and current Seton Hall UN studies professor.

Topics ranged from Climate Change to advancement of Women and Girls to the promotion of Global Health standards and everywhere in between.

Big congratulations to the students who won the challenge! Hope to see you all at Seton Hall soon.

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By: Noelle Sorich

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