Bethany Students Attend International Development Workshops in Washington, DC

4794IRD2.jpgBETHANY, W.Va. — Dr. Arthur Keys ’67, founder and CEO of International Relief and Development (IRD) and member of the Bethany College Board of Trustees, provided three days of workshops for 14 Bethany College students in Washington, DC, April 28-30. The workshops focused on a variety of political and international development topics.

Dr. Clinton Maffett, Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of History and Political Science, accompanied the students.

“Our participation in the IRD seminars is a key component of Bethany’s commitment to provide students with first-hand learning experiences that further their learning in the classroom,” Maffett stated. “Such activities are critical to students as they take the skills they have cultivated at Bethany into the world.”

The workshops allowed students the opportunity to visit with a variety of organizations, including the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of State, the Brookings Institution and the National Institute for Democracy. The trip also included a tour of the U.S. Capitol.

9045IRD1.jpgKeys hosted a closing reception at IRD during which Maffett and Vice President of Institutional Advancement Sven de Jong thanked Keys and IRD for their generosity of underwriting this three-day experience for Bethany students and for the important work IRD does around the world.

IRD has agreed to host the workshops every semester, creating a unique learning opportunity for Bethany students interested in international development.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.