Leadership and Climate Justice

Mary Robinson

Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson will speak at Montana State University during a virtual event set for Thursday, April 8. Submitted photo.

Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson will speak at Montana State University during a virtual event set for Thursday, April 8. Robinson’s talk, “Leadership and Climate Justice,” is expected to focus on leadership, education and advocacy for the poor and disempowered in the world who are disproportionately threatened by climate change. Following Robinson’s remarks, an interactive audience Q&A will be led by MSU President Waded Cruzado. 

Robinson is known as a champion for climate justice, human rights, gender equality and corporate responsibility. She served as Ireland’s first female president from 1990-97. In addition, she led The Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, served as the United Nation’s secretary-general’s special envoy on climate justice, and authored a book, “Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future.” She also served as U.N. high commissioner for human rights from 1997-2002 and co-founded the Council of Women World Leaders.

Robinson was educated at Trinity College and King's Inns in Dublin and Harvard Law School. She has also received honorary doctorates from more than 40 universities worldwide. 

“We are thrilled to host President Robinson at MSU, as she has moved audiences around the world with her passionate and hopeful call for all nations to work together to fight for a sustainable future,” said Carmen McSpadden, director of the MSU Leadership Institute, the organization hosting Robinson. “Robinson will frame climate change in highly solvable terms and leave attendees with actions to change the course of the planet’s future.” 

The event is open to students and the public. For tickets, visit http://tinyurl.com/ClimateJusticeMSU.

Global Recovery: Leadership Amidst Israel's COVID-19 Crisis Response

Please join the MSU Leadership Institute virtually as we host two leaders of the COVID-19 vaccine effort in Israel – a country that has reportedly inoculated its citizens at the fastest per capita pace of any country.

Deputy Consul General Matan Zamir and Dr. Nadav Davidovitch, experts in foreign affairs and the Israeli vaccine response, will present “Global Recovery: Leadership Amidst Israel's COVID-19 Crisis Response” from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on April 6th. 

Davidovitch and Zamir will discuss Israel’s vaccine success, their leadership experiences related to that success, strategies for a successful COVID-19 crisis response and the importance of leadership within global health and international collaborative efforts. They will also share how the lessons they’ve learned translate to Montana, the Gallatin Valley and MSU students. The event is free and open to all, but registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/MSUGlobalLeadership.

The MSU Leadership Institute has partnered with the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest and American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev to hold the event. Event sponsors include Associated Students of MSU, the Office of the ProvostCongregation Beth Shalomthe Healthcare Leadership Program - Carroll CollegeMontana World Trade Center and Montana Bioscience Cluster Initiatives - University of Montana.