Great Lakes Research Center

World Water Day — March 21-26, 2019

Michigan Tech will celebrate the 2019 World Water Day March 21-26 with events related to the United Nations theme, "Leaving No One Behind - Human Rights: Near & Far." 

Monica Lewis-Patrick, We the People of Detroit

Monica Lewis-Patrick (aka The Water Warrior), the Co-Founder, President & CEO of We the People of Detroit, will be the World Water Day keynote speaker on Monday, March 25. She is an active member of the People’s Water Board Coalition, US Human Rights Network, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), and, and was named to the World Water Justice Council in October of 2015.

Schedule of Events
Date/Time/Location Details

March 15 - June 15
Mon - Fri,  6:30 a.m.–8 p.m.
Great Lakes Research Center,
1st and 2nd floors

Art Show, representing work by:

  • Daniel Hill from Six Nations of the Grand River Reservation in Ontario Canada

  • Josh Jaehnig, Bramble & Stag Tattoo Parlour, Houghton

  • Jonathan Soper, graphic designer and entrepreneur in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula

Monday night, March 18
Poster Registration Deadline

Deadline for students to submit Poster Registrations
email to:

Thursday, March 21

7–9 p.m.

Forestry Bldg, Hesterberg Hall (G002)


Green Film: Marathon for Justice


Thursday night, March 21

Digital Poster Deadline

Deadline for students to submit PowerPoint versions of their posters
email to:

Sunday, March 17 or 24

FM Radio station broadcast times:

  • 7 a.m. 97.7 WOLF
  • 8 a.m.  99.3  LIFT
  • 9 a.m.  102.3 K-BEAR

World Water Day on Copper Country Today

Valoree Gagnon (GLRC) and Emily Shaw (CEE/GLRC) will interview with Rick Allen for the Copper Country Today talk show about this year's World Water Day celebration on "Leaving No One Behind - Human Rights: Near & Far"


Monday, March 25
noon–2 p.m.
Dow 873, Dow 709, and Dow 633

  • Individual judging sessions of oral poster presentations
  • Students will be notified of time and place of presentation
  • Presentation format includes 1 minute poster review by judges, up to 5 minutes for oral presentation and 2 minutes for questions

Monday, March 25
2:30–4 p.m.
Memorial Union Building Ballroom

Poster Session
  • Students are available by their posters for informal discussions with visitors to the poster session.

Monday, March 26
4–7 p.m.
Memorial Union Building Ballroom

 Monica Lewis-Patrick, We the People of Detroit
Photo by Jackie Hicks

Keynote Lecture by Monica Lewis-PatrickCo-Founder, President and CEO of We the People of Detroit

"Mapping the Water Crisis of Unaffordability"
Abstract is forthcoming

Reception Following

Tuesday, March 26
4–6 p.m.
GLRC 202

Panel Discussion:
  • Valoree Gagnon, Director of University-Indigenous Community Partnerships, Great Lakes Research Center
  • Emily Shaw, MS, Environmental Engineering Science                  


  • Monica Lewis-Patrick, We the People of Detroit

  • other panelists not yet determined

Refreshments Following


Previous World Water Day Themes/Guest Speakers