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Student’s winning vision
Posted Thursday, November 3, 2011 10:43 AM
 
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As a mature student, Gregory Di Cresce represents a significant and growing student population who have a unique perspective and strong stake in the future of higher education in this province and elsewhere in the nation. He is part of a chorus that has much to contribute toward the evolution of Canadian universities.

The doctoral candidate in the history department at the U of M recently won the opportunity to represent the university alongside U of M President David Barnard at the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada’s (AUCC) annual membership meeting, held in Montreal on October 25 and 26.

The “Show your leadership, Share your vision” competition asked students to submit their vision for the role that the University of Manitoba will play in society a decade from now.
Di Cresce submitted a statement of his vision for the U of M as a university “that successfully integrates Aboriginal ways of living and learning with those of the West.

“It’s a vision that requires the crossing of countless bridges of understanding in a spirit of mutual respect. It’s a vision guided by painful honesty, profound humility, intellectual and moral bravery and an ability to thoroughly quash condescension,” he said.

He went on to describe the U of M’s necessary role to support such exchange in a vision of the future: “My U of M of 2021 is at the vanguard of this kind of exchange.
“It bravely supports this exchange and uses it as its compass to navigate, challenge and remap not only the administrative, academic and student structures within the university, but the world beyond.

“For in 2021, my university is no longer an Ivory Tower, if it ever really was, but is an electronically embedded communication hub with the capacity to change the global conversation.”

This year’s AUCC centennial membership meeting was titled “Universities 100: Navigating a Changing World.” The AUCC provides member universities with a unified voice and a forum for collective action.

The University of Manitoba was one of several institutions that sent a student representative to the event. Greg Di Cresce had the opportunity new AUCC Chair Steven Toope present, and also participated in small group discussions with other students, members and thought leaders.



 
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