“Diplomacy Day defines NW position for trade & international students”
– John Hamer, Reporter, Seattle Rotary
February 10, 2016, Seattle, WA – A.C.E. President David Woodward led the rousing and impassioned, first ever “Diplomacy Day” at Seattle Rotary #4’s meeting at the Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle. Several hundred Rotarians and guests gathered to welcome consular officials from 21 countries, including four Consul General’s based in Seattle from Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Brazil. The event included remarks from Rotary President Cathy Gibson and guests Seattle Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim and SPU Interim Dean of Business Ross Stewart, before the keynote speech from Seattle Pacific University President Dan Martin (below photo).
Read John Hamer’s full report for Seattle Rotary.
“A college campus is where tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and visionary leaders can wake up to our complex world…[a place where] we can live out our University vision: to engage the culture and change the world.”
– Dan Martin, SPU President
Read full text of SPU President Martin’s Rotary Diplomacy Day Keynote speech.
President Martin elaborated on Seattle’s growing presence in the domestic and international economy, and how international and cultural education can be a difference maker, to “both help businesses grow and contribute to the well-being of communities.” President Martin also mentioned the long standing partnership between SPU and A.C.E., specifically mentioning the Culture Connections program. “[It is] a program that matches SPU student volunteers with ACE students, which allows international students to practice their English skills while also allowing SPU students a glimpse of a wider world.”
See more photos from the event in the slideshow below.