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IDI Hosts Two Successful Events for International Education Week

The International Development Institute (IDI), with help from a committee of International Development graduate and degree students, hosted two events at Lakeshore Campus for International Education Week.

The event was led by IDI Program office Clarisse Estebar in collaboration with Community Outreach and Workforce Development (COWD) and the Faculty of Media and Creative Arts (FMCA).

The first event consisted of local and international nonprofit organization marketplace highlighting their work, and any volunteer or internship opportunities available for students. The second event was a film screening of a documentary produced by students from the Bachelor of Film and Media Production in Kenya for the IDI’s Kenya Education for Employment Program (KEFEP). The film was an experiential learning trip for students of the program to fulfill the marketing and communications components of IDI’s KEFEP project. The idea for the film project came from Jennifer Cleary, Senior Project Officer at IDI and Larisa Duravetz, Manager of Placements and International Initiatives for FMCA, both of whom are also International Development alumni.

Susan Murray, Professor of the Bachelor of Film and Media Production program traveled with film students, Wyatt Miller, Francesca Demma, and Amanda Richer to Kenya. There, along with the IDI management team, they produced mini-documentaries. The documentaries premiered during the International Education Week event and screened at the Festival of Leadership in Ottawa at the end of November.

In addition to the documentary screening, the international storytelling event included a provocative panel bringing together individuals from both the film and international development sectors. The panel discussed the synergies and potential for collaboration across these diverse fields. Susan Macgregor, Professor of the International Development program moderated the event. 

The event included the following panelists:

  • Gilad Cohen, Founder and Executive Director of Jayu and International Development alumni
  • Domenic Akena, Associate Producer of Deloitte
  • Imran Babur, Social Justice Filmmaker
  • Amanda Richer, Film and Media Production student

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