2011 Hatton W. Sumners Undergraduate Student Leadership Conference
Lieutenant General (retired) Roméo A. Dallaire, (Ret'd), Senator, has had a distinguished career in the Canadian military, achieving the rank of Lieutenant General and becoming Assistant Deputy Minister in the Department of National Defense in 1998. General Dallaire was appointed to the Canadian Senate effective March 24, 2005 and sits in the Senate as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada.
General Dallaire commanded the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda (UNAMIR). His book on his experiences in Rwanda, entitled Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, was awarded the Governor General's Literary Award for Non-Fiction in 2004.
Since his retirement from the military, Senator Dallaire has worked to bring an understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder to the general public. Senator Dallaire has worked at several Canadian and American universities, and has written several articles and chapters in publications on conflict resolution, humanitarian assistance and human rights. As a Fellow of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, he pursued research on conflict resolution and the use of child soldiers.
Senator Dallaire has received numerous honors and awards, including Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002, Grand Officer of the National Order of Québec in 2005, and the Aegis Award for Genocide Prevention from the Aegis Trust (United Kingdom). He has also been named a Fellow of the Ryerson Polytechnic University and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and has received honorary doctorates from a large number of Canadian and American universities. Canada's Governor General, Her Excellency the Right Honorable Adrienne Clarkson, presented him with the United Nations Association of Canada's Pearson Peace Medal in 2005.
Dr. Prince is the Director of the Center for Ethical Leadership and holds the Loyd Hackler Endowed Chair in Ethical Leadership in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs (LBJ School) at the University of Texas at Austin. He was initially appointed to the Sid Richardson Chair in Public Affairs as Visiting Professor in September 1999. He has received numerous teaching awards including the Texas Excellence Teaching Award as the outstanding teacher in the LBJ School for AY 2001-2002 by nomination of the student body. In 2008 he was chosen by The Eyes of Texas, a student organization, for The Eyes of Texas Excellence Award for outstanding contributions to student life.
Dr. Prince is a 1962 honor graduate of West Point and also holds the Master of Arts degree in International Relations from American University. During 1965-67 he studied economics, history, law, political science and sociology at the University of Bonn in Germany as an Olmsted Scholar, and earned the Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975. A clinical psychologist, he is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He is also a graduate of the U. S. Army War College. In 2006 he was selected for the highest honor given by West Point to its alumni, the Distinguished Graduate Award.
Dr. Prince is an accomplished educator and leader who has held positions of increasing responsibility throughout a lifetime of public service. He is an experienced teacher who also has published widely on contemporary leadership topics and is the senior editor of a leadership textbook. He has been active in promoting leadership education and leader development on the national and international levels for many years as a consultant and speaker. In 1996 the Association of Leadership Educators honored Dr. Prince with its Distinguished Leadership Service Award. In 2009 Division 19, the Society of Military Psychology, of the American Psychological Association presented him with the John R. Flanagan Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Previously he served as founding dean of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies and Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond, where he was responsible for the development of the first undergraduate leadership degree program in the world from October 1, 1990 until June 30, 1996. He then held the George and Virginia Modlin Endowed Chair as Professor of Leadership Studies until July 31, 1997. Before going to Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Prince was Professor and Head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the U. S. Military Academy, West Point, New York from July 1978 through September 1990 where he developed both graduate and undergraduate leadership programs and was instrumental in reshaping leader development throughout the U. S. Army.
After serving for over twenty-eight years in the United States Army, upon his retirement in 1990 he was advanced on the retired list to the rank of Brigadier General and presented with the army's highest award for service, the Distinguished Service Medal. While on active duty he held a variety of troop command and staff positions in the 82nd Airborne and 1st Cavalry divisions before joining the permanent faculty at West Point. His other military awards and decorations include two awards of the Purple Heart for combat wounds, two Bronze Stars for valor, the Bronze Star for service, the Distinguished Flying Cross for valor, the Silver Star for valor, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. He was also an Army Ranger and a senior parachutist.
Dr. Jose Picart is Vice Provost for Diversity and African American Affairs and Professor of Counselor Education at North Carolina State University. Dr. Picart provides leadership and vision for NC State University's efforts to become a model diverse and inclusive community. Dr. Picart is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, who completed his undergraduate degree at the United States Military Academy, where he majored in Engineering and Humanities. Following his graduation from West Point, Dr. Picart served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for 28 years, rising through various command and staff positions to the rank of Colonel. Dr. Picart earned his Master of Science and Doctoral degree in Experimental Cognitive Psychology from the University of Oklahoma at Norman. Dr. Picart served for over 16 years on the faculty in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Military Academy, West Point. At West Point, he served as research scientist and Academy Professor culminating his service as the Director of Psychology Studies. In 1994, Dr. Picart was the recipient of a prestigious American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship. As an ACE Fellow, Dr. Picart served as a special assistant to the Chancellor, University of California at Santa Cruz, from 1994-1995 and as the Strategic Planner for the Army War College from 1995-1996. He continues to conduct outreach, write, and lecture on the topics of diversity, leadership, and psychology.
Priya Haji is a serial social entrepreneur. Most recently she was the co-founder and CEO of World of Good, an innovative hybrid organization which created a US consumer brand bringing to market handmade fair trade products from 55 countries around the world and helping create livelihoods for thousands of artisans around the world. World of Good built the largest on-line marketplace of ethical products in the world and the brand was acquired by eBay in March 2010 as part of their sustainable shopping initiative. World of Good also built retail presence in 1,500 stores across the U.S. including Hallmark, Disney and Whole Foods, and this wholesale division was acquired by Greater Good. The non-profit sister organization World of Good Development Organization has built internationally adopted technologies to help with ensuring fair wages to informal sector workers across the globe. Priya founded World of Good, along with some of her friends, while completing her MBA at Berkeley.
Prior to founding World of Good, Priya co-founded and was the Executive Director of Free at Last in East Palo Alto. Priya was inspired to create Free at Last while completing her undergraduate at Stanford University. Free at Last was a pioneer in the development of community-based substance abuse treatment and HIV/AIDS prevention. The organization invested over $20M in an entire infrastructure of resources from mobile health clinics, street outreach teams, outpatient and residential treatment facilities and affordable housing. The program created best practices for African Americans and Latinos now recognized by the federal Centers for Substance Abuse Treatment and helped inform alternative sentencing laws. Priya co-founded this organization with community leaders from East Palo Alto who continue to operate it, serving over 2,500 people per year.
Priya's first social enterprise was helping her father start a free medical clinic in Bryan, Texas while she was in high school. Priya is currently taking some time to travel, and helping eBay as a Strategic Advisor for their sustainable shopping initiatives. Priya has already founded her next organization, DoGoodLabs, which is launching a web game that engages Americans to increase savings and pay down their debt.