Rio + 20: An Amazing Opportunity

Nisha Tabassum at the Rio+20 conference
Nisha Tabassum at the Rio+20 conference

By Nisha Tabassum, Partners for Change Fellow

I clearly remember my shock at being chosen to attend the United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in late June. I remember thinking the likelihood that I would be chosen from among the many more experienced IS’ers (International studies majors) was zilch. I had just woken up from a nap to an email from Dr. James Biles inviting students to write a paragraph stating why they should be chosen to go. I figured I had no shot: I was not as active in the International Studies club the previous semester as some of the other students, and I was a new International Studies major with a concentration in development. Despite my reservations, I applied, half-awake. I knew that attending a conference of such magnitude and importance would not only boost my knowledge and understanding of development, but also serve as an enriching experience I could always carry with me. Continue reading “Rio + 20: An Amazing Opportunity”