Youth and Diplomacy: My Experience as the U.S. Youth Delegate
Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life
Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Location: Boston College, Boisi Center
Abstract: Brooke Loughrin '14 will speak about her experience as the first-ever Youth Delegate to join the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations. In her position, Loughrin attended the UN General Assembly in New York in September and October. She worked closely with forty other Youth Delegates to ensure that youth voices and priorities are better incorporated into the institutional framwork of the UN. She will also speak about how her coursework and activities as a BC student have influenced her agenda at the U.S. State Department and the UN.
Brooke Loughrin is a junior in the Presidential Scholars Program at Boston College where she studies Political Science and Islamic Civilizations and Societies. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Al-Noor: The Boston College Middle East and Islamic Studies Journal and the Vice President of the Iranian Culture Club. She is also an Undergraduate Research Fellow for Dr. Ali Banuazizi. Her research focuses on political cultures of the Middle East; comparative study of religion, civil society, and politics in the Middle East; and Iran's social history and contemporary domestic politics and foreign relations. In Boston, she volunteers for ACEDONE, Haley House, and in the Education Department of the Suffolk County House of Corrections. Since 2005, she has also volunteered for the Fabric of Life Foundation, based in Seattle, Washington, which works to stop the begging cycle of poor girls on the streets of Mali, Africa. She has studied abroad in Visakhapatnam, India and Dakar, Senegal, and has traveled extensively in Iran, Nicaragua and Tajikistan. Most recently, she was named the first-ever U.S. Youth Observer, making her the first student to ever join the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations.
In The News
The Boston Globe reports on Loughrin's life as the US Youth Observer to the UN. Loughrin describes the joys and difficulties of her new post, such as balancing work and school, learning about diverse cultures, and acting as a liason between leaders and youth. Brooke also shares how her experiences travelling and volunteering have fostered her commitment to social justice. At a Boisi Center colloquium on Wednesday, February 6, Brooke will go into further detail about her life and her work.