2015 Spring Student Symposium

April 9-10, 2015

Ninth Student Symposium Showcases Creativity, Inquiry
(Communications Article: April 10, 2015)

2015 Keynote Kevin Murungi '01

Director of Human Rights and Foreign Policy Programs at Global Kids, Inc.

Kevin Murungi '01
Kevin Murungi is Director of Human Rights and Foreign Policy Programs at Global Kids, Inc., a non-profit educational organization for global learning and youth development. He is program director for the Global Kids U.S. in the World: International Law and Foreign Policy Program, presented in collaboration with the Council on Foreign Relations, NY. The program is a nationally recognized and award winning three-week summer institute where urban youth explore the dynamics of international law and foreign policy making.

Kevin also developed and implemented curriculum for a project with the Artists Institute in Jacmel, Haiti to infuse social justice, civic engagement, and community responsibility curriculum into the work of the premier college level film and audio school in Haiti. Further, he conducted professional development for Artists Institute faculty in pedagogical skills and techniques to effectively deliver this addition to the curriculum.

Back in 2011, Kevin helped to plan and lead an 18-month global leadership program for 20 students, including a four-week study abroad component in Kenya, funded by the U.S. Department of State. He facilitated the process through which the students in the program worked with 20 Kenyan youth counterparts to learn global leadership skills, receive science and technology training, conduct social entrepreneurship ventures, participate in career readiness training, and design and implement social media campaigns to address specific human rights and social justice issues facing young people in Kenya.

Kevin’s role at Global Kids involves education and curriculum development specific to human rights, international law and foreign policy, as well as professional development, and the planning and leading of international travel opportunities for Global Kids students to travel abroad and work in solidarity with young people in other parts of the world on human rights issues.

He holds a BA from Middlebury College where he majored in Political Science and minored in Economics, and an MA in International Affairs from the School of International Service at American University. Kevin is also a member of Carnegie New Leaders; a young professionals group that provides a platform for the next generation of leaders to explore the ethical and global dimensions of pressing issues including corruption, technology, war, and the environment through engagement in dialogue on ethics in international affairs.