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Baruch College Students Selected to Participate in United Nations Closing Ceremony

AngelaCostanzo   HelenEnglehardt

Angela Costanzo          Helen Engelhardt

NEW YORK, NY- October 25, 2012 Angela Costanzo and Helen Engelhardt, students from Baruch College’s Social Entrepreneurship Program, have been selected to participate in the closing ceremony of the United Nation’s International Year of Cooperatives (IYC) initiative on November 19 and 20.

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2012 as the International Year of Cooperatives, highlighting the contribution of cooperatives to socio-economic development, particularly their impact on poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration.

With the theme of “Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World,” The International Year of Cooperatives focused on three main objectives: Increase public awareness about cooperatives and their contributions to socio-economic development; Promote the formation and growth of cooperatives among individuals and institutions to address common economic needs and for socio-economic empowerment; and Encourage governments and regulatory bodies to establish policies, laws and regulation conducive to co-operative formation and growth.

Graduate and undergraduate students in the Social Entrepreneurship Program of the Zicklin School of Business were asked to write a short essay on why they should be considered as a delegate. Graduate student Angela Costanzo and undergraduate student Helen Engelhardt were selected to participate in the closing ceremony at the United Nations Headquarters.

Costanzo is a student in our M.S. in Entrepreneurship Program and is interested in pursuing a career in social entrepreneurship.

“I'm elated,” she said about participating in the ceremony. “I'm honored to be representing the Zicklin School of Business and I am excited to be participating in such an amazing event.”

Costanzo, from Mattituck, NY, is interested in local food supplies, urban agriculture, education and the arts. She hopes to use her diverse background to “expand upon my interests, in the interest of my community by adding value to the lives of those around me,” she said. “The food industry is definitely one of my most pressing concerns, as our current system is not sustainable.”

Engelhardt, a student in the B.B.A. in Entrepreneurship Program, came to Baruch to study finance as an exchange student from Germany. After taking a Social Entrepreneurship course and African History courses she became more interested in pursuing a career in food industry sector of social entrepreneurship.

“To be offered the opportunity to contribute to the closing ceremony of the IYC is very honorable and special,” Engelhardt said. “[I have never been to the United Nations] this will be the first time.”

Costanzo and Engelhardt will be participating in the two-day program which includes a panel discussion on Global Food and Security and the Role of Cooperatives and a forum on Cooperatives and Youth. Both will participate on the youth forum and contribute to the development of an International Youth Cooperative Statement that outlines opportunities and challenges of cooperatives for youth employment and empowerment.


About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to



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