PAAC's Fall Global Vision Summit (GVS) was a daylong statewide event, held at Chaminade University’s Ching Conference Center in Honolulu, and included simulations and role-play activities for 77 students in grades 9-12 from 18 schools across Hawai‘i.
Students explored the concepts of peace and negotiation around a ficitional refugee crisis, and learned conflict resolution and diplomacy skills. PAAC’s keynote speaker on multilateral negotiation was Retired U.S. Ambassador Lauren Moriarity, whose career has spanned three decades.
Student Jade Tonaki, from Hawai'i Technology Academy, presented an op-ed to fellow GVS participants addressing this year’s summit theme, where groups developed and proposed solutions to “The Plight of Refugees.” Watch a video on Jade’s presentation here.
“Each organization has expressed different solutions to this problem, yet we have no refugees present to express their own wishes,” she said. “We sit and contemplate solutions, without the one voice that really matters. Shouldn’t we come together with the one true voice that we deserve to hear?”
PAAC hosts two Global Vision Summits each academic year. The second summit will be held in coordination with the annual Academic WorldQuest event on Feb. 11, 2023. Registration for both events can be done here. Schools from neighbor islands can participate in WorldQuest virtually.
Mahalo, Event Facilitators:
Jackson Ayers, 2nd Lieutenant U.S. Air Force
Seth Bailey, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
Jose Barzola, Matsunaga Peace Institute
Kristine Boswell, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
Dr. Kristi Govella, Center for Indo-Pacific Affairs at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Richard Hornik, Journalist
Sue Hornik, Writer and Editor
Dr. Carlos Juarez, East-West Center
Lia Kamanā, KITV4 News
Lorraine Kouau, PhD Candidate at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Shyam Tekwani, Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
Christian Wright, U.S. Department of State