Student Engagement Program

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Community engagement and experiential learning are at the heart of the Global Honors curriculum, enriching students’ understanding of real world dynamics. The IGE Student Engagement Program (SEP) opens up classroom learning through a combination of site visits, attendance at IGE guest speaker events, and the establishment of professional network contacts. We welcome active membership in the IGE's Community Advisory Board and its growing network of business and community leaders committed to collaborating for our shared future.

The purpose of SEP site visits is to bring students into environments where they can understand the complexities of decision-making, entrepreneurship, and innovation, to name just a few processes that orient them to the flexibility, adaptability, and lateral thinking they need to be successful in an interdependent world. By meeting with executives and rising junior employees from a variety of fields at globally-connected companies, students can explore career options, develop professional contacts, and make critical connections between honors coursework and the world outside their classrooms. Through SEP, Global Honors students have met experts they later interviewed for their capstone research, secured job shadow opportunities at local healthcare organizations, and, in one case, connected with a Port of Tacoma executive who furthered the student's Foreign Service aspirations by introducing her to a U.S. diplomat serving in Lithuania (the student is now a Fulbright Semi-Finalist for a teaching assistantship in Lithuania).

Site visits and other SEP activities are arranged and announced on a quarterly basis. Please email IGE Program Coordinator Alexis Wheeler ( for more information.

Examples of SEP Site Visits

Win '19: Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

Aut '18: Port of Tacoma

Aut '18: Center for Urban Waters, Tacoma

Spr '18: Port of Tacoma

Aut '17: Moss Adams, Tacoma

Aut '17: Center for Urban Waters, Tacoma

Spr '17: Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)

Win '17: Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), Seattle

Aut '16: MOD Pizza, Tacoma

Sum '16: LaborWorks, Tacoma