A group photo of students at the D80 conference working at tables in the Makerspace.

"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men." 

– Herman Melville

Global and Community Engagement Conference

The Global and Community Engagement Conference is a dialogue and celebration of our efforts to solve issues that confront communities in need. 

The Michigan Tech campus hosts this annual conference every fall to give a platform to the voices of those serving communities both domestically and abroad. Faculty, staff, students, and local organizations share their work, projects, or research. The conference is open to anyone interested in the development, design, and discovery of people and communities.

Dream / Design / Develop / Deliver / Do something that matters.

Global and Community Engagement Conference Logo

This fall the Global and Community Engagement Conference will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2023, in the Memorial Union Ballroom and lunch will be provided. The conference is open to anyone interested in the development, design, and discovery of people and communities! This year's theme is "The Power of Partnership".

The Pavlis Honors College invites you to present at the 2023 Global and Community Engagement Conference. Please consider submitting a presentation proposal or passing this information along to students or colleagues to highlight their work.

Call for Presenters

This year's conference will feature keynote speaker Dr. Bonnie KeelerKeeler works at the intersection of sustainability science and environmental economics, with particular expertise in water management and policy.

Conference Keynote Speaker - Dr. Bonnie Keeler

Portrait of Bonnie Keeler

Bonnie Keeler is an associate professor and Charles M. Denny Chair of environmental policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Keeler’s research evaluates the equity implications of environmental policies at state and regional levels, with a focus on water resources science and management. Keeler co-directs the Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at the University of Minnesota and serves as a subcommittee member of the Environmental Protection Agencies Board of Scientific Counselors. Keeler also directs the Beyond the Academy Network - a coalition of academic leaders seeking to reform university structures to promote more action-oriented engaged scholarship on sustainability. Keeler is also the lead of a new $10 million dollar technical assistance center based at the University of Minnesota designed to serve rural, remote, and disadvantaged communities across EPA Region 5 access federal energy and environmental improvement funding.

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This program/lecture is partially funded/sponsored by the Visiting Professor Program which is funded by a grant to the Office of the Provost from the State of Michigan's King-Chavez-Parks Initiative.