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William B. Travis High School  | April 2, 2022



     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. 2022 will mark the tenth 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 the 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

 Kien Lee, Ph.D.

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     Kien Lee, Ph.D., Vice President of Community Science Principal Associate/Vice President, has expertise in immigrant integration issues, racial equity strategies and programming, health disparities reduction, and development of cross-culturally competent organizations. She is recipient of the Society for Community Research and Action Award for Distinguished Contributions to Practice in Community Psychology, and recipient (with D. Chavis) of the Outstanding Evaluation Award from the American Evaluation Association.





     She has been a contributor to Maryland's immigrant integration policies, having served on a state-appointed workgroup on immigrants' access to government and Governor Martin O'Malley's Commission to Study the Impact of Immigration on Maryland. She has led the evaluation of initiatives and research studies that address community change due to demographic shifts for foundations, federal agencies, and nonprofits such as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Colorado Trust, Connecticut Health Foundation, Dept. of Education Office of Vocational and Adult Education, Dept. of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health, and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services.

     Before joining Community Science, Dr. Lee assisted in the coordination and evaluation of initiatives that focused on community and coalition building, including the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention's Community Partnership and Community Coalition Demonstration Grant Projects and the LISC's Community Building Initiative. Her current work focuses on how to build the capacity of community-based organizations to be better consumers of data as well as the measurement of immigrant integration and racial equity

Breakout Sessions

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Rev. Diane McGehee
Founder of Together in Hope
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Katherine Kolios 
Executive Director at RAIN for the Sahel and Sahara
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Kali Rubaii, PhD. 
Asst. Professor of Anthropology at Purdue University
Beverly Gor 
Retired Dietician and Founder of the HOPE Clinic
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Phylicia Coleman
 Neighborhood Programs Manager at Change Happens

Panel Speakers

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Jan Shultis
Military Veteran, Founder of the Xena Project, Strategist

Council Member Jennifer Lane 

Mayor Pro Tem of Sugar Land
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Katherine Kolios 
Executive Director at RAIN for the Sahel and Sahara
Barbara Bronstein
Founder & President at Second Servings of Houston

Freshman & Capstone Projects 

Virtual Expo 



April 10

Welcome & FBISD Introduction 
9:30 AM
9:52 AM
10:35 AM
11:15 AM
11:55 AM
12:45 PM
12:50 PM 
Keynote Speaker 
Breakout Session 1 
Finish & Closing 
Freshman & Capstone Projects
Panel Discussion 
Breakout Session 2 
:   What is Community? 
: Taking Individual Action 
Towards Community Change 
:  Virtual Expo 

Subject to change 


GIS Sponsors

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Global Issues Summit 2022

April 2,2022

William B. Travis High School

11111 Harlem Rd, Richmond, Texas 

Tel: 281-634-2230

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William B. Travis High School 

11111 Harlem Rd, Richmond, Texas