Three students from Sidwell Friends School, with Upper School Principal Lee Palmer, attended the second annual Student Global Leadership Institute (SGLI) at Punahou School in Hawaii from July 25 to August 5. The Institute was expanded this year to include 48 rising seniors from 15 schools in China, Japan, Jordan, Singapore, and the United States.
Energy was this year’s shared global challenge and the focus of two weeks of intensive study. Students attended workshops, field trips, and guest lectures that offered a variety of perspectives. Participants visited the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Kahuku Wind Farm, the Japanese Consulate, and Marine Corps Base Hawaii. On campus, they heard from speakers such as Jeff Mikulina, executive director of the Blue Planet Foundation; Byron Washom, director of strategic energy initiatives at the University of California-San Diego; Darren Kimura, president and CEO of the clean-energy company Sopogy; and Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz, who participated in a panel discussion following a public screening of the 2010 documentary Carbon Nation. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu answered wide-ranging questions during a videoconference on the innovative summit’s second day.
A goal of the Institute is for participants to forge lasting cross-cultural ties and hone the collaborative style of leadership necessary to resolve worldwide problems in the 21st century.
For more information, visit www.punahou.edu/sgli.