2019-2020 Weekly Convocations

The weekly convocation series is a shared campus experience that brings students, faculty, and staff together for one hour for a lecture or presentation from specialists in a variety of fields.  The goal of the convocation series is to stimulate thought and conversation on a wide range of subjects. Convocations are open to the public and free of charge.

Oct 19

Convocation: Sayu Bhojwani

Immigration scholar Sayu Bhojwani discusses how inclusion and participation make democracy stronger.

Friday, October 19th, 2018
10:50 – 11:50 am / Skinner Chapel
Sayu Bhojwani Convocation

Sayu Bhojwani served as New York City's first Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs and is the founder of South Asian Youth Action, a community-based organization in Queens. Since 2010, she has served as Founder and President of New American Leaders based in New York City.

In order to promote an elected government that reflects our country’s diverse population, NAL is leading a nationwide movement for inclusive democracy by preparing first- and second-generation Americans to use their power and potential in elected office. NAL is the only national, nonpartisan organization focused on bringing New Americans into the political process.

Bhojwani is an immigrant of Indian descent who grew up in Belize and now lives in New York City. Her work to build a more inclusive democracy has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Her latest book is People Like Us: Knocking at Democracy’s Door. Bhojwani underscores that our democracy is strengthened when everyone is included and everyone participates, in her presentation titled “Immigrant Voices Make Democracy Stronger.”

Sponsored by Carleton Convocations. Contact: Kerry Raadt, x4308