From March 30–April 2, the Cairn University Enactus team traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in regional competition, where they delivered presentations on six projects dedicated to serving and impacting people in the church, society, and the world. The team also spent their time in D.C. watching other Enactus teams’ presentations, exploring career fairs, and touring the nation’s capital and its historical monuments.
The presentation team included Kelsey Bonner, president; Nick Castillo, vice president; Shelby Hoffman, vice president; Tiegra McNeil, project manager for Solar on Campus; Julian Collazo, project manager for RIDE on Campus; Clarence Brunot, project manager for RIDE International; and Roosevelt Nguyen, media project manager.
Teams’ projects were judged by their breadth of influence and impact. These projects included in Cairn Enactus’ 2016–2017 Annual Report addressed 16 goals of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which include poverty and hunger alleviation, quality education, gender equality, clean water and energy, and job and economic growth. Altogether, the team spent 2,250 hours on projects and impacted 2,430 people with support from various partnerships and their advisor and Sam Walton Fellow, Professor Mark Gaspar. The projects included:
- RIDE on Campus (three-day seminar teaching the fundamentals of professional competence and etiquette)
- RIDE on the Road (job search and training program for disadvantaged groups and individuals released from prison)
- RIDE International (extension of RIDE program to refugees)
- Showcase for Hope (event sales for individuals facing exploitation and trafficking and other entrepreneurs)
- Solar on Campus (provision of self-sufficient energy source for Cairn by placing solar panels on campus)
- Solar International (extension of Solar on Campus to countries outside the USA, including Peru)
The team competed against over 40 other teams and won the title of Regional Champions, which advances them to Nationals on May 21–23 in Kansas, MO. Congratulations, Cairn Enactus!