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PRAD Junior Speaks Before the United Nations

PRAD Student Baylee Ritter
Photos courtesy Baylee Ritter.

Public Relations and Advertising major Baylee Ritter spoke at the United Nations on Sept. 20 about her work in oceanic management. Ritter, a junior in the College of Communication, says she has been working for the U.N. for almost five years in various capacities, most recently as a youth advisor for the United Nations World Oceans Day Council.

"What a surreal experience," Ritter told DePaul Newsroom. "Speaking at the U.N. General Assembly fused two passions of mine, oceanic conservation and youth advocacy, and I am beyond honored to have been given this platform."

This U.N. high-level dialogue, "The Oceans — A Wealth of Opportunities", was hosted by Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, and cosponsored by Tommy Remengesau, President of the Republic of Palau.

Before her talk for the General Assembly, Baylee was working for the U.N. as a youth speaker, traveling on behalf of the United States to Kenya, Sweden, Turkey and Canada to speak about water conversation issues in the U.S. She is pictured here speaking to the U.N., and also being filmed in New York for a short documentary the U.N. made to tell the story of her journey as a speaker at the U.N. General Assembly last year.