FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Paul Nugent, Executive Director
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council
$20 for the General Public; Free for SECWAC members and students
Waterford, CT (January 5, 2020) – The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) announced today that Megan O’Neill is to speak on education in rural Africa at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 23 at the First Congregational Church, Old Lyme, CT.
Imagine Scholar is an educational non-profit organization based in the Nkomazi region of South Africa. The organization’s innovative and sustainable approach to education is creating meaningful impact in the local community and re-imagining education systems for rural, underserved communities. Through working with high-achieving, low-income secondary school students in the development of leadership, critical thinking, and community-mindedness, Imagine Scholar aims to build Africa’s next generation of change-makers.
A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with the main event beginning at 6:00 p.m. The presentation is a part of the SECWAC 2019-2020 Speaker Series. For non-members, tickets ($20) may be purchased at the door; ticket cost can subsequently be applied towards a SECWAC membership. Attendance is free for SECWAC members (and their guests). Membership September 2019 through June 2020 is $85 per person; $25 for young professionals under 35; free for students and educators; a corporate rate of $1,000 is also available, with unlimited access for employees.
Immediately following the presentation, SECWAC meeting attendees have the option for $40 to attend a dinner with the speaker at the Old Lyme Country Club. Dinner reservations are required by Friday, January 17, at 860-912-5718 or online.
Reporters are welcome to attend as guests of the SECWAC Board. Interested reporters should contact Paul Nugent at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-388-9241.
Megan O’Neill has spent the last 5 years working with Imagine Scholar. A native of Connecticut, she received a degree in Africana Studies from Dickinson College. Shortly after graduating from Dickinson, she moved to South Africa to join Imagine Scholar’s staff, where she now serves as Associate Director. Megan spent over three years working in South Africa with Imagine Scholar’s students, where she facilitated classes centered around effective and empathetic communication skill development, developed curriculum for the program and mentored students through the university application process. She now leads Imagine Scholar’s efforts in fundraising and strategic partnership development.
SECWAC is a regional, nonprofit, membership organization affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). The organization dates back to 1999, and has continued to arrange 8-10 Speaker Series meetings annually, between September and June. The meetings range in foreign affairs topics, and are hosted at venues along the I-95 corridor, welcoming members and guests from Stonington to Old Saybrook, and beyond.
SECWAC’s mission is “to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs through study, debate, and educational programming.” It provides a forum for nonpartisan, non-advocacy dialogue between members and speakers, who can be U.S. policy makers, educators, authors, and other experts on foreign relations. Learn more at http://secwac.org.
CALENDAR LISTING: Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) presents Megan O’Neill on Thursday, January 23, 2020, 6:00 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, Old Lyme. Free for members. Annual membership is $85; $25 for Young Professionals under 35, and free for area students and educators; corporate membership available for $1,000 (contact SECWAC for details).
The mission of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs by study, debate, and educational programming, primarily through a Speakers Series of 8 to 10 monthly meetings.