UC Davis Global Learning Conference Set to Prepare Students and Alumni for Global Future

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Discover firsthand what a career that advances global community-building, problem-solving, sustainability, and development looks like. 

From business to medicine, politics to economics—and all the arts and sciences in between—there are now more professional opportunities available than ever before for fulfilling work around the world.

By virtually attending the 2021 Global Learning Conference: Preparing for Your Global Future in an Evolving World, participants will further advance their global perspectives in today’s interconnected world. Now open to all students and alumni, the conference aims to help them learn to articulate and market global leadership skills, further their personal and professional goals, and interact with global leaders in their fields of interest

Expanding the scope and accessibility of the conference to all students and alumni emphasizes the fact that global learning can take place anywhere and anytime,” says Joanna Regulska, vice provost and dean of Global Affairs. “In addition to the different locations and contexts, we’re also emphasizing global learning crosses generations, disciplines, industries and all types of diverse experiences and perspectives in alignment with our UC Davis goal of Global Education for All and our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.”

The Global Learning Conference’s 30 sessions will also provide opportunities to network with potential employers, hear from seasoned leaders and UC Davis alumni in a variety of fields, and engage with peers about their own international and intercultural experiences.

Our conference celebrates the unique backgrounds and strengths of students and alumni,” says Regulska. “It brings this larger group together to create networks, explore global systems and expand diversity and equitable global action—all of which are relevant at any academic or career stage.”

Sessions with UC Davis Alumni

Global Learning Experiences and Career Impact (April 23, 5–6 p.m.), a plenary highlighting panelists’ global experiences include studying abroad, community-engagement fellowships, and on-campus internships, moderated by Institute of International Education (IIE) President Allan E. Goodman.

Perspectives on Going Abroad for Graduate School (April 25, 10–10:50 a.m.), a discussion in which panelists discuss graduate studies in China, studying in the Netherlands, and working on an M.S. here at UC Davis.

Community Development and Global Challenges (April 25, 11–11:50 a.m.), a panel dedicated to the voices of nonprofit leaders working on local issues that are also global challenges that will explore what local nonprofit work looks like, the skills needed for this work and how this community work addresses global challenges like the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Teaching English Abroad (April 25, 11–11:50 a.m.) explores opportunities for work experience in another country, focusing on engagement with local communities in a meaningful way in addition to future career options. Speakers include alumni who taught English in Europe and Asia.

Entrepreneurship & Business Networking Session (April 24, 3–4:15 p.m.), an interactive session with panelists and students in which participants will learn about professional experiences in entrepreneurship and business.

International Development, Public Service, and Government Networking Session (April 24, 3–4:15 p.m.), a networking event with fellow students in which a panel of diverse professionals will share their career experiences in the fields of international development, public service and government.

Advisory Council Support

Among the more than 20 conference sponsors and exhibitors is the UC Davis Global Affairs Advisory Council, which is supporting this second annual conference. Several council members are also sharing their expertise by moderating or participating in sessions, including IIE President Allan E. Goodman (Alumni Plenary), GCA Law Partners LLP Partner Naoki Shimazaki ’80 and Paradigm Sports President Eivind Lange III ’77 (Entrepreneurship & Business Networking Session), and New Current Water and Land Principal Daniel M. Dooley ’73 (International Development, Public Service, and Government Networking Session).

Additional Session Topics

  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program
  • Intercultural Exchange and Interviewing Ethics in Podcasting
  • Travel Writing and Photography
  • Overview and Perspectives from Returned Peace Corps Volunteers
  • Protecting the People: Careers in Humanitarian Assistance
  • 7 Recommendations for Attaining Your Career Goal
  • And many more sessions!

Hosted by the UC Davis Global Learning Hub within Global Affairs, conference attendance includes raffle and participation prizes, like Apple AirPods, Visa gift cards, 6-month LinkedIn Premium subscriptions, travel journals, one-on-one career coaching, and special raffles or incentives by our sponsors and exhibitors.

Registration is still open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and alumni who have experience navigating intercultural spaces; have studied, researched or interned abroad; have global experiences on campus or in the U.S.; are international students or first-generation college students; and are passionate about solving global challenges.

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