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Charge to the student delegates attending the
Future Leaders Summit on HIV/AIDS

22-24 January 2006 in Windhoek, Namibia
11 October 2005


     This Summit, to be held 22-24 January 2006 in Windhoek, Namibia, is a collaborative effort by the students, faculty and staff of the University of Namibia, the Polytechnic of Namibia, and Elon University in North Carolina. There are many other participating organizations including the US Embassy in Namibia, Family Health International, the Namibian Clinicians Society, the Centre for Global Education (Namibia), and the Student Campaign for Global Justice.
     As delegates to this historic Summit you have many rights and responsibilities, all of which must be understood in light of the fact that the world will be watching and listening to what you say about the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS in Namibia and around the world.

    Goals of the Summit:

  1. Bringing together future leaders of Namibia [from the Polytechnic of Namibia and University of Namibia] and the United States [from Elon University and the Student Global Justice/HIVAIDS Campaign] so that they can learn from each other.
  2. Exposing these future leaders to experts currently in roles of influence and with significant knowledge about the medical and social impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
  3. Providing a forum and communication vehicles through which the future leaders can express their feelings, thoughts, and insights concerning the issues surrounding the HIV/AIDS pandemic to policy and decision makers at all levels, both national and international. These communication vehicles include (1) media coverage (both print and visual) (2) Summit web page (3) coverage, (4) and a post-Summit publication that includes all materials written for and/or presented at the Summit.

    Your rights:

  1. Having an effective platform from which to make public your views
  2. The honor of speaking for your fellow students, Namibians, and all of those infected and affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic
  3. The absolute respect of the faculty, administrators, and other officials with which you will share the stage during this Summit (both literally during presentations and figuratively in all publications produced before, during, and after this event)
  4. Having appropriate and effective mentoring for any of the research and writing that you do for the Summit
  5. Having a voice in the final planning for the Summit, the details associated with any media coverage of the event, and any publications that follow from the Summit

In addition, student delegates from Namibia will be granted a N$100 scholarship to assist with incidental expenses related to the Summit (including local transport, etc). One student from Namibia will be chosen after the Summit to represent his or her fellow-Namibians at Elon University for approximately two weeks, as a guest of Elon University’s Periclean Scholars’ Program. The decision regarding this selection belongs to Elon University and will be final.

    Your responsibilities:

  1. Attending at least one pre-summit gathering of the delegates, at the University of Namibia, at the Polytechnic of Namibia (or at Elon University).
  2. Participating on Saturday, 29 October, at an all-day meeting at the American Cultural Centre, 8:30 – 16:00; lunch included. THIS IS MANDATORY. Anyone who comes after 9:00 will not be able to participate in the Summit. Transportation will be reimbursed – N$20 per person.
  3. Working together to compose presentations (including research, position papers, and press releases) that are of the highest quality and present the issues related to HIV/AIDS effectively
  4. Attending all Summit sessions, from Sunday afternoon 22 January 2006 through the end of the day on Tuesday 24 January 2006, at the Polytechnic. Please try to plan your own schedule accordingly, as only emergency absences will be accepted.
  5. Committing yourself to at least one major follow-up activity after the Summit.
  6. Presenting yourself at all times in a professional manner
  7. Coming prepared to speak with depth and intelligence about the issues surrounding HIV/AIDS
  8. Supporting and respecting each other in all aspects of the planning, functioning, and follow though to the Summit

For more information: Contact your local University representative, the American Cultural Centre (Windhoek), or Lucy Y Steinitz, 061-239-463 (w);