On March 22, 2016, Austin College welcomed Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof to campus and to the Perot Museum in Dallas to receive the 2016 Austin College Posey Leadership Award. These Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists are the founders of the Half the Sky Movement, an organization dedicated to raising awareness about the widespread mistreatment of women and girls across the globe and empowering these women and girls to create change in today’s society.
The latest book by WuDunn and Kristof is A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity (2014). The book provides evidence-based research on solutions to worldwide problems. The documentary, also called A Path Appears, follows WuDunn and Kristof as they invite viewers to experience these issues firsthand.
Approximately 15 million female slaves are alive today across the world, and the average price of a trafficked human is as low as $90. Two-thirds of the world’s 781 million illiterate adults are women. And, while fatal conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth are preventable, between 800 and 1500 women die every day due to these causes. The Half the Sky Movement strives to reverse these trends, working against human trafficking and gender-based violence while seeking to bring medical care, education, and economic empowerment to women everywhere.
At 11:00 a.m., Kristof and WuDunn gave a lecture at a college-wide Convocation in Wynne Chapel on the Austin College campus in Sherman. The lecture was free and open to the public.
Kristof and WuDunn received this year’s award during the 2016 Austin College GO! Forum at the Perot Museum in Dallas.
Global Outreach Fellowships
Each Global Outreach Fellowship is intended to provide meaningful and potentially life-changing experiences for a select group of Austin College students while benefiting the communities around the world. From teaching in impoverished areas, working on development programs in Africa, or starting a program of their own, the opportunities are limitless.
The 10 to 15 Austin College students selected annually as Global Outreach Fellows receive Global Outreach Fellowships to support their project and/or participation in an internship that fosters engagement with community development issues while providing a meaningful appreciation of both the possibilities and the obstacles in leading effective change in these areas. Fellowships awarded to Austin College students are specifically meant to support servant leadership opportunities and are not meant to support “for-profit” internships and/or opportunities.