Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Muhammad Yunus at UIUC: Poster Session

by Ann Abbott

I consider Carolina Kloecker to be the "poster child" for the Spanish & Illinois program.

  • She did a wonderful job in "Spanish in the Community" (SPAN 232) and blogged here about her community service learning (CSL) work. You can search for the label "Student Reflection" and find her posts.
  • She did a Spanish & Illinois Summer Internship with ACCION Chicago, a micro-lending organization.
  • She's in "Spanish & Entrepreneurship" (SPAN 332) with me this semester, and I often use her work as an example during my class presentations.

So I was thrilled to see that Carolina was at the poster session before Muhammad Yunus' talk and during his book signing. He was so gracious that even after an exhausting day, he took the time to go to each poster and hear about our University of Illinois students' work with social entrepreneurship. As you can see from the picture, Carolina poster was about ACCION Chicago. And as you can also see from the picture, she had a chance to speak personally with Muhammad Yunus!

Click on the video to listen to Carolina explain the important work that ACCION Chicago does. I asked Carolina a few questions, and I was pleased to know that borrowers need an ITIN number, not necessarily a Social Security number. That is an important, inclusive policy.

1 comment:

  1. Excelente, Carolina! :) I wanted to go hear Muhammed Yunus speak but unfortunately was not able to make it. My boyfriend went and was able to tell me about it--what an inspiring and motivational social entrepreneur AND speaker! Wish I could have been there.