Student Innovators: Shehan and Sachith Navarathne
Published March 2016
Brothers Shehan and Sachith Navarathne are among 13 NDSU students selected to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University in Berkeley, California.
The initiative challenges college students to address social issues with practical, innovative solutions. Each participant develops a new, specific and measurable plan to address the societal need they have identified. Only about 1,000 students around the country are invited to the conference.
Major: Seniors, finance
Hometown: Dehiwala, Sri Lanka
Their project: The brothers designed a program called Attack Against Abuse which works to combat sexual assault by teaching self-defense.
Effect on society: “Our ultimate goal is to make Attack Against Abuse a mandatory class to be taken while in school. It is important for all individuals to learn how to defend themselves.”
Next steps: The brothers plan to get involved in similar organizations in the Fargo area and hope to eventually branch out on their own.