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Honors Student to Attend UNESCO Leadership Program

Senior Ina Pae one of 70 students worldwide selected for program.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 8-7-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato Honors Program student Ina Pae (pictured) is one of 70 students from around the world selected to attend UNESCO’s ninth annual “International Leadership Training Programme: A Global Intergenerational Forum,” which will be held from Friday, Aug. 8 to Sunday, Aug. 19 in Storrs, Conn., at the University of Connecticut.

Pae and the other students attending the workshop were selected from more than 600 applicants from 90 countries and six continents. Students were chosen to attend the forum for their commitment to human rights and international service.

Pae, from Jeonju, South Korea, is a senior at Minnesota State Mankato. She is majoring in Gender and Women’s Studies and also International Relations.

According to the program website, participants will receive training in areas such as grassroots organizing, building coalitions, effective communication, use of media for human rights education, and understanding of the processes and relevance of restorative justice.

Discussions will be conducted under the rubric of four principal areas; namely poverty, education, health, conflict resolution and/or transformation.

Specific areas of focus will include issues such as human trafficking, the plight of children, refugees and war, hunger, HIV/AIDS, religious intolerance, gender discrimination, racism and classism, peace education and environmental concerns.

Pae received travel support from both the Department of Government in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and the Honors Program at Minnesota State Mankato.

For more information, please contact Chris Corley, director of the Honors Program and associate professor of history at Minnesota State Mankato. Corley can be reached by phone at 507-389-5191 or by email at

For more information on the UNESCO leadership training program at the University of Connecticut, visit

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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