Annual Global Engagement Conference

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The Global Engagement Conference open to graduates and undergraduates at UW Tacoma and area institutions, aims to bring together solution-oriented projects and papers on global issues that connect us all. We welcome submissions and especially intersectional critiques that engage with one or more of our globally focused conference themes. The IIGE promotes a globally engaged campus and innovative solutions to our world’s most pressing challenges. Through local and global partnerships, it facilitates collaborative and interdisciplinary projects that have high impact for our community. The Global Engagement Conference aims to bring together forward-thinking projects and papers on global issues that connect us all. This year’s conference particularly welcomes submissions that offer innovation and inspiration in an Era of COVID-19.

The University of Washington Tacoma’s Institute for Innovation and Global Engagement (IIGE) invites proposals for undergraduate and graduate academic papers, posters, design projects, and/or performance/spoken word art for its virtual Global Engagement Conference.

Virtual IIGE Global Engagement Conference: May 20, 2021

Title and abstract (400 words) due: March 1, 2021

Acceptance notifications announced: March 15, 2021 

Please submit abstracts here:

Conference themes include:

  • Global Innovation & Design: 
    • COVID-19: How does design thinking help us innovate through community challenges?  
    • Grassroots/Participatory Design
    • Experience Design
    • Design Justice 
  • Climate & Environment: 
    • Deferred or Stalled: Actions on Climate Affected by Covid-19
    • Climate Activism Around the World
    • Food and/or Water Access and Scarcity 
    • Sustainability Practices 
    • Environmental Degradation/Pollution 
    • Smart Cities and the Environment 
  • Globalism: 
    • Nativist Responses
    • Diasporic Identities
    • Refugees and Migration
  • Health & Human Rights: 
    • Covid-19 Debrief: What worked and what didn't?
    • Body, Community and Environment 
    • Population Health 
    • Migration and Refugee Flows 
    • Indigenous Rights and Recognition 
  • Media & Security: 
    • Misinformation/Lack of Information 
    • Election 2020 Debrief 
    • Transnational Media Networks
    • Global Consumerism and Hybrid Identities 
    • Social Media and Fake News
    • Soft Power 
    • Cyber-Surveillance and/or Policing 
    • Community and Political Security
    • Proliferation and Disarmament 

2020 Global Engagement Conference

2019 Global Engagement Conference

2018 Global Engagement Conference

2017 Global Honors Colloquium


2016 Global Honors Colloquium

2015 Global Honors Colloquium

2014 Global Honors Colloquium

2013 Global Honors Colloquium