BC Senior Adriana O'Connor Served As U.S. Student Ambassador to Expo Milano 2015
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (October 2015)—Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences senior Adriana O’Connor was among 120 students chosen by the U.S. State Department to serve as ambassadors at the U.S.A. Pavilion at this year's world’s fair in Milan, Italy. The International Studies major, who is versed in Italian, French and Spanish, was selected from a pool of more than a thousand applicants, and served as ambassador from the fair's opening on May 1 through July 31.
The six-month, food-based Expo Milano 2015—which continues through October—revolves around the theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life," with 145 countries showcasing efforts to create sustainable food sources. Using interactive exhibits and state-of-the-art digital media, the U.S.A. Pavilion highlights American industry, products, and entrepreneurship within the contexts of sustainability, nutrition and health, technology and innovation.
The student ambassadors represent the diversity of the United States, hailing from 94 colleges and 34 states and collectively speak 28 foreign languages, including Arabic, French, Mandarin and Italian. “But it is their shared commitment to solving one of the most pressing global issues, how to feed the planet sustainably and responsibly" that brings them to the Pavilion, representatives say.
O’Connor acted as a first point of contact and guide for visitors, including top government officials, corporate executives and guests from around the world.
—News & Public Affairs