The IIGE Student Engagement Program (SEP) opens up classroom learning through site visits, the Distinguished Speaker Series and a growing professional network.
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 professionals from a variety of fields at globally-connected companies, students can explore career options, develop professional contacts and make critical connections between coursework and careers.
Site visits and other SEP activities are arranged and announced on a quarterly basis. Please email email@example.com for more information.
Examples of SEP Site Visits:
Port of Tacoma 2022
How does the global market play a role in my daily life? What effect do I have on the economic development of globalization? These are the kinds of questions a group of Global Honors students from the Institute of Innovation and Global Engagement sought to answer on their recent tour to the Tacoma Seaport on October 13, 2022. Led by the Chief of Operations, Zachary Thomas, the tour guide, gave students a window into the inner workings of the fourth largest container gateway in the country.
Amazingly, the Alliance between Seattle and Tacoma Seaports handled over $66 billion of trade with 189 partners around the world in 2020. Together they supply over 58,000 local jobs and contribute $12.4 billion to economic activity in Washington State. Many of the students have relatives or know workers at both ports.
Students gather after a visit to the Nisqually Indian Tribe's Walker House, where they met with Tribal Council members and Historic Preservation Officers to discover the history surrounding recognition of tribal sovereignty, as well as the impact of that history on the Tribe's decision-making processes today.
During an engaging presentation and tour, professionals at the Center for Urban Waters demonstrated how its mission - to restore and protect the Puget Sound through collaborative partnerships - underscores the importance of the IIGE's mission to collaboratively produce solutions for our community.
At Moss Adams, students explored career options, developed professional contacts, and discovered how lessons learned in Global Honors classrooms connect to practices and PILLAR Values at this homegrown global accounting firm.
For the inaugural Student Engagement Program (SEP) site visit, students visited MOD Pizza to meet MOD's Vice President of People and learn about the company's commitment to teamwork, its willingness to take risks in the best interests of customers and employees, and its "unapologetic for-profit" approach to returning profits back to worthy community causes.
Students receive a warm welcome at the Center for Urban Waters, before participating in a presentation and tour on the Center's efforts to restore and protect the Puget Sound through collaborative partnerships.