Doing What You Can With What You Have: Using Your Major to Serve the World's Poor

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Geneve Campus Ministry and the Geneva Lecture Series welcomes Nikki Toyama-Szeto, program Director for Urbana, as she presents this special seminar for students. Beyond doctor, teacher, and lawyer, there are creative ways to use your major to affirm the humanity and dignity of the world's poor. Come join the discussion!

Tuesday, February 21
4:00 - 5:00 PM

Room C131, Pomerantz Center


Also, don't miss out on her lecture for the general public:

Skipping Stones in Glass Houses - Race, Gender, and Faith
Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 PM
Shambaugh Auditorium (Main Library)

For more info, visit our website at


About Nikki Toyama-Szeto:

Nikki Toyama-Szeto
serves as the Program Director for Urbana, a student missions conference that
gathers 20,000 students from 120 different countries.  Urbana has been
running triennially since 1946 and over 220,000 people have attended. 
Nikki oversees the development of the plenary sessions which include worship,
speakers, dancers, media, and theater teams.

She consults and
speaks for a variety of campuses, churches and organizations and currently sits
on the board of Mission Year.  She has written articles on gender issues
and multi-ethnicity for Prism Magazine, and E-Quality.  She recently
served on the Third Lausanne Congress (2010) helping to develop the plenary
program and speaking on key issues around the U.S.

Prior to entering
ministry, Nikki spent several years working as an engineer in Silicon
Valley.  She developed medical devices for the treatment of heart disease
and other coronary diseases.  Nikki shared her experiences with 20,000
delegates at the Urbana Mission Convention in 2003.

She was a co-editor of
the book More than Serving Tea (InterVarsity Press, 2006). The book is a
collection of essays, stories and poems looking at the intersection of race,
gender and faith for Asian American women.

Much of her insights
stem from experiences living among poor people in the slums of Nairobi, Cairo,
and Bangkok.  She helped develop and direct the Global Urban Trek, an
urban immersion program designed to challenge students to use their majors on
behalf of the world's poor people.  For six weeks, students live and work
in urban slums in various cities in the world.  One of the primary goals
is to sit at the feet of indigenous organizations to learn from their perspective.

Nikki Toyama-Szeto is originally from Chicago. She journeyed to northern
California to attend school at Stanford University and got stuck in the Bay
Area for 15 years.  She worked as an engineer before joining InterVarsity
staff at Stanford, U of San Francisco, and UC Berkeley.  On the campus,
she loves watching students rediscover God in the scriptures and challenging
students to think "Christianly" about issues in society.

Nikki resides in
Madison, Wisconsin with her family.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 16:00

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Pomerantz Career Center, Room C131



Katherine Damisch