Seton Hall University Junior Cynthia Sularz Represents The U.S. At The G(Irls) 20 Summit In Australia Seton Hall > News & Events
Monday, August 25, 2014 by: Margaret McCorry
Seton Hall University junior Cynthia Sularz will represent the U.S. at the G(irls) 20 Summit which will be held in Australia on Mon. – Tues., Aug. 25 – 26. At the summit, one representative from each of the G20 nations as well as the African Union, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the MENA region of the Middle East and North Africa will come together to discuss global issues facing girls and women and to develop strategies to empower girls and women around the world. They attend workshops, caucuses and panel discussions moderated by corporate, government, and philanthropic leaders. The summit ends with a news conference at which the delegates release their blueprint for the world leaders convening for the G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia in November.
"At the summit, I hope to learn as much as possible by networking with international delegates and leaders," said Sularz, a dual Diplomacy and International Relations and Modern Languages major. "I expect to learn how to effectively work to change the social norms of a nation, how to raise the voices of other young girls within the United States, how to use social networks and get the attention of policy makers to change laws, and how to instill a love of learning into other girls so that society grows from generation to generation."
The 20-year-old Sularz is developing her own initiative which will be finalized during four days of delegate workshops leading up to the two-day summit.
"I am working on an initiative to empower young women to not apologize for being innovative, for striving for an education, and for simply being who they are no matter how unconventional it may be," she said.
Sularz already is on a one-woman mission to gain a global perspective and effect change where she can. She spent the summer as the Head Sports Director at a youth camp in Nerekhta, Russia, teaching English through sports. After the G(irls) 20 summit in Australia, she heads to Freiburg, Germany for a study abroad semester this fall. She also hopes to keep the G(irls) 20 momentum going by enrolling in a global membership program in order to network with G(irls) 20 mentors, including Farah Mohammed, the organization’s president and CEO.
"It is an honor that Cynthia was chosen to represent the United States at such a prestigious event after an extremely competitive selection process," said Ann Marie Murphy, an associate professor at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations and mentor to Sularz. "She is an amazing young woman who works hard to make the world a better place. As professors at Seton Hall, we strive to give our students the best education, professional training and mentoring possible, and it is a privilege to work with students like Cynthia who put that knowledge into practice. I have no doubt that Cynthia will put all that she learns at the G(irls) 20 Summit to good use in her future endeavors."
For Sularz, each experience allows her to develop as an engaged citizen of the world and prepares her to be a champion of human rights for girls and women.
"Overall, this [G(irls) 20] experience will help me to implement my vision to economically empower girls and women in my own communities," she said. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I could not be more grateful."