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Media Advisory: Wake Forest to host 2013 International Baccalaureate World Student Conference

By Kim McGrath, 336-758-3209, mcgratka@wfu.edu Office of Communications and External Relations

Wake Forest University will host one of four International Baccalaureate World Student Conferences June 24-28. Other conference sites include Hong Kong, Coventry, UK, and Vancouver, British Columbia. The five-day conference at Wake Forest will bring together 120 IB students and educators worldwide to examine the theme “Social Justice: Contemplating the Past, Confronting the Future.”

Students will attend from China, Denmark, Guatemala, Uganda and a dozen other countries.

During the conference, high school students will explore historical connections, judicial actions, social entrepreneurship and educational policy in the context of social justice.

They will tour the International Civil Right Museum; participate in a Generation Y World Café; examine the Darryl Hunt Innocence Project; and create a Global Village Gallery.

The IB program is a rigorous course of study that presents a liberal arts curriculum from a global perspective, university-level work, and required examinations that are developed and marked on an international standard. Wake Forest has participated in the IB/WFU partnership with local IB schools since 2008.

“Pursuing and excelling in the most rigorous curriculum signals academic motivation and intellectual curiosity and suggests that a student is well prepared for academically strenuous college classes,” Dean of Admissions Martha Allman wrote in a guest column highlighting the benefits of the IB curriculum for the Washington Post.

Find out more about the conference on the IB World Conference website.

On June 24 at 7 p.m., Wake Forest Provost Rogan Kersh will lead a “Generation Y World Café” to discuss global issues.

Allman is available for interviews the week of the conference, and media are invited to cover the conference.

Wake Forest Department of Communication, Wake Forest Office of Admissions and the IB Schools of North Carolina are sponsoring the conference.

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