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GCIP Agenda

Saturday, December 1, 2018

10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Weiser Hall, 10th Floor

9:30-11:15 a.m.

  • 9:30-10:00 a.m. 



  • 10:00-10:20 a.m

Poster presentation session


  • 10:20-10:30 a.m.

Opening address: Dr. Benjamin Peters


  • 10:30-11:00 a.m.

Keynote address: Amelia Parker, Executive Director of Peace Brigades International


  • 11:00-11:15 a.m. 

Passing time

11:15-11:45 a.m. Concurrent Session #1

  • Dr. Timothy Johnson - Global Academic Partnership for Capacity Building, Training and Education - Room 955

In 1986, a group of international academic colleagues embarked on development of OBGYN training in Ghana with the vision to reduce maternal mortality and improve Women's Health in the sub-region. Thirty-two years later 246 trainees have become qualified specialists. Dr. Johnson will speak to the following lessons learned from his experience: local management, cultural respect, academic values, financial transparency, and sustainability. Additionally this presentation will cover the importance of emphasizing work in one country, persistence, and the development of personal relationships.This project has been replicated in other specialties in Ghana and in other countries. It demonstrates the potential and challenges for universities to engage in ethical, humanistic and sustainable Global Partnership for the benefit of their diverse learners, faculty and their global academic partners.

  • Dr. Jeff Stanzler and Marielle Dewicki - Teaching Global Citizenship to the Next Generation - Room 855

This presentation centers on a virtual Arab-Israeli conflict simulation in which participants involve middle school and high school students as real-world characters in this conflict (such as Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanjahu, and Bashir al-Asad). Each simulation lasts one semester and college students act as advisers to each country and mentors that create events within the simulation based on characters' requests that would be likely in the real world. This simulation teaches students about the complications of foreign diplomacy, why conflicts like the Arab-Israeli one are so difficult to solve, and how and why each country involved reacts in the ways it does. The goal is to create well-rounded students who can actively and effectively participate as global citizens and learn to solve problems diplomatically.

  • Emily Russell - Global Citizenship and Perpetual Peacemaking: Immigration in Iceland - Room 755

Nation-state boundaries create an “in,” and in doing so, create an “out.” Global citizenship threatens the rigidity of these borders, and is informed by immigration, a primary contributor to diversity of thought and origin. Emily spent three months living in Iceland and working at the Icelandic Human Rights Centre, the UN monitoring organization established to track human rights achievements on the Scandinavian island. At the Centre, Emily met and assisted in securing legal counseling for immigrants entering Iceland, evaluating individual cases, pairing families with lawyers, and coordinating translators. The experience was enriched by their residing with a Serbian immigrant-Icelandic citizen. As a rising peace scholar, Emily is interested in developing perpetual peace. A critical theory underlying peace studies suggests that diversity needs be protected and transformed into collaborative capacity without enforcing homogeneity. The way a country handles immigration is deterministic of this. What “assimilative” processes are put in place that strip immigrating groups from practicing their faiths, speaking their languages, or carrying forward unique traditions? Instead, could countries preserve cultural diversity while disavowing structural hierarchy?

  • Suliyat Olagbenro - Engineering the Future through Collaboration  - Room 747

It is often easy to fall into the trap of thinking that there isn't anything or much we can do to make a positive impact on the global issues we hear about. There is power in thought, collaboration, and diligent action. This workshop is aimed to highlight the importance of these practices as a global citizen. Participants will work in small groups to analyze case studies and propose solutions.

12:00-1:15 p.m.

  • 12:00-1:00 p.m. 



  • 12:30-1:00 p.m. 

Performance:  Brazilian Zouk


  • 1:00-1:15 p.m. 

Passing time

1:15-1:45 p.m. Concurrent Session #2

  • Dr. Ben Pauli - Water and Global Citizenship Room - Room 955

Water is simultaneously the most intimate natural substance in our everyday lives and a global resource of profound economic, political, and cultural significance. At both the local and global scales, people are in the midst of a water crisis. In places like Flint, Michigan, and Newark, New Jersey, residents have been unable to trust the quality of the water coming out of their taps. In countries like South Africa and Brazil, large cities and regions face the prospect of running out of water entirely. The environmental and social dynamics that shape the quality and accessibility of water around the world are deeply interconnected. If people are to understand the contours and implications of our contemporary water crisis, and if we are to act responsibly in the face of it, it is imperative that people take a broad view of water issues that links local action to a global sensibility.

  • Lisa García - Social Sustainability in the West Bank: Why Palestinians Remain - Room 855

This project explores the motives behind Palestinians’ decision to remain in the West Bank despite having agency over this choice. It contributes to the literature on resilience and immigration. This is valuable seeing as though most research on the topic is not contemporary. The project highlights the methods as part of an important preparation series with the consciousness of acting as a responsible global citizen. It prioritizes the participants’ voices and their stories. Patterns of resistance and resilience arise, as well as the value of a tight-knit community as part of their culture. It’s important to remember that each individual story has merit of its own, and should not be generalized and fit into a cookie-cutter preconception we may have. This is why it’s crucial to be a responsible global citizen, educate ourselves, recognize our privilege, and be present in the individual’s experience.

  • Ken and Geraldine Grunow - Amnesty International and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Room 755

The Preamble to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights reads "recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world." This presentation will examine the ongoing effort over the past 70 years to ensure this recognition and its realization. The struggle has had many successes, many setbacks, and faces many challenges. We hope to encourage this generation to continue the difficult but necessary work of making human rights a reality in everyday life at home and across the world.

  • Sarada Dhulipala - Tech, Data, and Credit - Room 747

This presentation evaluates how technology firms use alternative data to address financial inequities and discriminatory credit lending practices. For instance, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)and the International Finance Corporation reported that 26 million Americans and 2.5 billion people around the world are "credit invisible" respectively. Consumers are often denied loans due to a lack of formal financial institutions and start-ups are trying to address this market failure to promote finnacial equality. Alleviating poverty and supporting economic mobility starts with providing individuals with the resources to participate in their economies. Today, Sarada will present existing research on how technology companies are partnering with banks to provide credit and will speak to the benefits and limitations policymakers and industry experts should consider for responsible financial inclusion.

2:00-2:30 p.m. Concurrent Session #3

  • Brittany Taylor - US/Western Colonialism Erases Non-Western Nonbinary Gender Identities - Room 955

In this presentation, Brittany will explore the history of nonbinary gender identities in the US/Western World as well as globally, and consider how the ethnocentric attitudes of the West erase the existence of nonbinary gender identities and reject different understandings of gender globally.

  • Chelsea Racelis - Is Dark Tourism Ethical? - Room 855

"Dark tourism" has seen a rise in popularity over the past decade, with thousands of tourists flocking to sites like the catacombs of Paris, Chernobyl, and Auschwitz. Its popularity is signaled by Netflix's "Dark Tourist," which first aired in June 2018. Touring former sites of violence, however, begs us to take on a critical lens. What should be included in "dark tourism"? What role do dark tourists play in the global market of tourism? How does this relate to power and privilege? Perhaps most importantly, we must ask, "Is dark tourism ethical?"

  • Alexandra Tretyakova- Global Citizenship Workshop - Room 747

What does it mean to be a global citizen and how can I be the best global citizen I can be?

2:45-4:00 p.m.

2:45-3:45 p.m. 

Student Keynote and Performance- 10th floor 

  • 2:45-3:00 p.m.

GSP Student Keynote - Bakhit Amir


  • 3:00-3:15 p.m. 

Performance 1 


  • 3:15-3:20 p.m. 

Transitioning time


  • 3:20-3:35 p.m.

Performance 2


  • 3:35-3:40 p.m. 

Transitioning time


  • 3:40-4:00 p.m.

Performance 3


4:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks