Global Engagement

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The Think Global. Act Local. Conference, especially designed for freshman at UNCG, will tie together many of the themes of this year’s Keker First Year Common Read book Behind the Beautiful Forevers and move motivated students along the path towards local action. Specifically we'll be looking at how food insecurity, poverty, and sustainability are interrelated. Conference participants will hear about local opportunities from campus and community organizations and make a plan to have a positive, local impact. CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION!!

Although the conference is designed for freshman, it is open to all interested UNCG students.


Friday, November 3rd from 4:30 - 9:30 PM & Saturday, November 4th from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Friday - Downtown Greensboro (The Studio @ CTG)
Saturday - UNCG Campus (School of Education Building & Bryan School of Business)


Free! All meals and transportation will be provided.


Friday, November 3rd, 2017
4:30 - 5:00 Transportation to Downtown Greensboro
5:00 - 5:30 Registration and Welcome
5:30 - 6:00 Presentation by Vimala Rajendron
6:00 - 7:00 Dinner provided by Vimala’s restaurant - Curryblossom Cafe. Table Conversation with UNCG Faculty and Staff on Conference Themes
7:00 - 8:00 Performance by Josephus III and The Poetry Project - Changing the World. One Poem at a Time
8:00 - 9:00 Exploring First Friday in Downtown Greensboro
9:00 - 9:30 Transportation back to UNCG

Saturday, November 4th, 2017
8:30 - 9:00 Check-in and Breakfast
9:05- 9:35 Concurrent Session with Community Partners #1
9:40 - 10:10 Concurrent Session with Community Partners #2
10:15 - 10:45 Concurrent Session with Community Partners #3
10:45 - 11:00 Break
11:05 - 11:35 Concurrent Session with Community Partners #4
11:40 - 12:10 Concurrent Session with Community Partners #5
12:15 - 12:45 Concurrent Session with Community Partners #6
12:45 - 1:00 Break
1:00 - 2:00 Lunch provided by Fresh. Local. Good.
1:00 - 2:00 Resource Fair
2:00 - 2:30 Small Group Reflection led by UNCG’s Student Reflection Leaders
2:30 - 3:30 Creating an Action Plan guided by UNCG’s Student Reflection Leaders
3:30 - 4:00 Conference Closing

Community Partners

    The Barnabas Network
  • Provides basic home furnishings at no cost to qualified families and individuals on the path to self-sufficiency. Clients are transitioning out of homelessness, recovering from a major setback, fleeing abuse or violence, or overcoming severe poverty.
    Black Diamond Backyard
  • Emphasizes the creation and preservation of green spaces in urban environments geared toward the promotion of social and ecological interactions.
    Citizen’s Climate Lobby
  • A nonpartisan, volunteer organization focused on spreading the idea that each one of us can affect climate change. It empowers citizens to connect with and influence their members of Congress, and builds constructive working relationships to seek passage of a climate change solution that bridges the partisan divide.
    Environmental Stewardship Greensboro
  • Environmental Stewardship Greensboro is a faith-based consortium of congregations who understand that enhancing the future of Planet Earth is both a practical necessity and a spiritual activity.
    Greater High Point Food Alliance
  • Works to alleviate hunger by creating and executing citywide and neighborhood-focused initiatives to develop more just and sustainable food systems.
    Greensboro Farmers Curb Market
  • Encourages and supports the growth of local foods and artisan goods businesses to improve Greater Greensboro’s economy, support better health through healthy eating and build social and community connections.
    Out of the Garden Project
  • Desires to partner with parents, teachers, friends, and organizations to provide food and hope for every child.
    Mobile Oasis
  • Brings produce from local and regional farmers to food deserts in Guilford County.
    New Arrivals Institute
  • Strives to build a community that welcomes refugees and immigrants and provides them with the tools to achieve their goals.
    Reconsidered Goods
  • Takes donated materials from manufacturers and individuals and helps divert them from the landfill and instead, puts these items and materials into the hands of artists, makers, teachers and kids to create something new.

Participating Faculty and Staff

  • Dr. Susan Andreatta, Anthropology
  • Dr. Shelly Brown-Jeffy, Sociology
  • Ms. Lauren Cunningham, Office of Leadership and Service Learning
  • Ms. Sarah Dorsey, University Libraries
  • Dr. Stephen Holland, Economics
  • Dr. Rebecca Muich, Lloyd International Honors College
  • Dr. Elizabeth Natalle, Communication Studies
  • Dr. Meredith Powers, Social Work
  • Dr. Penelope Pynes, International Programs Center

Resource Fair Participants

Conference Themes

  • Food insecurity
  • Poverty
  • Sustainability

Benefits to Students

  • Certificate
  • Resume booster
  • Leadership development
  • Connect with local organizations
  • Discover ways to make a difference locally

Registration: HERE

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