William B. Travis High School  | April 10, 2021



     The Global Studies Academy is a high school program dedicated to promoting global citizenship by the means of focusing on languages, culture, and current events. As a part of that mission, the Academy hosts an annual student-run event called the Global Issues Summit (GIS) to spread awareness about a range of global concerns to students around the community as well as inform them about measures being taken to alleviate these issues in order to "Turn Awareness into Action." The Summit features speakers ranging from Presidential appointees to NGOs operating on a global level, with past participation from institutions such as UNICEF, the US State Department, the US Trade Representative's Office, the Pangea Network, A+ Challenge, Magic Bus, the Aga Khan Foundation, United Against Human Trafficking, and many others. 2021 will mark the ninth annual Global Issues Summit, and archives of past Summits can be viewed here. 

    The past seven Summits have focused on the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. They provide clear guidelines and targets for all countries to adopt in accordance with their own priorities and the environmental challenges of the world at large. Further, the SDGs seek to tackle the root causes of poverty and unite us together to make a positive change for both people and planet. The SDGs are grouped into the 5 Ps; People, Planet, Peace, Prosperity, and Partnership. This year, the Summit is organized around 2 of the P's: People and Partnership.


Adapted from the United Nations Global Goals Platform 

Keynote Speaker

Bailey & Spencer Amaral

     Bailey and Spencer Amaral are proud to serve as co-directors of the Windrose Project, a non-profit civics education organization. Windrose equips young Americans to become active leaders in their community through community service, classes and practical experience. Windrose trains young people to apply America's founding principles to the questions of our day. Dedicated to the principle that all people are created equal, Windrose is a nationwide student movement dedicated to defending liberty and developing leaders.


     Spencer is from the Central Valley in California, but now calls Dallas, Texas home. In 2014, he received his BA in Political Economy from Hillsdale College in Michigan. He is currently pursuing a Masters' of Theology at Dallas Seminary. Bailey was born in San Antonio, raised in an Air Force family, and graduated from the Global Studies Academy at Clements High School in 2012. She graduated with her BA in Political Economy and Spanish from Hillsdale College in 2015. Bailey and Spencer have been married for 3 years and love music, movie nights, and traveling

Breakout Sessions


Aisha Koroma

Founder, Lift A Village

Dr. Lisa Morano

Director of the Center for Urban Agriculture and

Sustainability (CUAS) at UHD

Breanna Fetkavich

Director of Outreach, Street Grace

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Kim Thelwell

Borgen Project VP, Policy & Communications

Kali Rubaii

Asst. Professor of Anthropology 

at Purdue University

Rachel Folkerts

Farms Program Manager, Plant It Forward Farms

Dr. Gordon Shen

Assistant Professor in the Department of

Management,Policy, and Community Health 

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Panel Speakers


Judge KP George

Fort Bend County Judge

Jan Shultis

Military Veteran, Non-profit Founder, Strategist

Natasha Paradeshi

The Landing Board Chair and Co-Founder

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Bailey and Spencer Amaral

Co-Directors of the Windrose Project 

Akilah Bacy

Attorney and Candidate for Texas House

District 138

Kali Rubaii

Asst. Professor of Anthropology

at Purdue University

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GSA Capstones


Sara Faulkner

 To Mend a Broken Heart: Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine 

Aaron Wong

Increasing the Appreciation of Mathematics 

Celeste Beistegui

The Positive Effects of Sensationalist Architecture 

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Gabrielle Basos-Arce

Life after Adverse Childhood Experiences 

Isha Merchant

Blurring the Truth: A View into Sensationalist Journalism on Immigration

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