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Climate & the Environment (2017-2018)

Date: March 1, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Venue: Behrakis Hall Grand Hall , Creese Student Center, 3210 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

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The Office of International Programs is pleased to announce the 11th Annual Student Conference on Global Challenges. Focusing this year on Climate & the Environment, the conference will take place on Thursday, March 1, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. in Behrakis Grand Hall, 3210 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

Some of the biggest global challenges that we face today have to do with providing people with clean, safe, efficient, and affordable energy and countering the negative effects of climate change. With increasing global interdependence we need to tackle these challenges both locally and globally and from a variety of different perspectives – scientific, economic, political, social, and cultural.

With this is mind, Drexel University's Office of International Program's 11th Annual Student Conference on Global Challenges will have the theme of Climate and the Environment. This conference offers undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to share their research and engage in critical reflection and dialogue on how climate change and the environment is shaping our global context within the diverse disciplines of health, education, science, human rights, medicine, law, media, economics, politics, development and history.


In addition to several student panels, the Office of International Programs welcomes Jacqueline Patterson as our keynote speaker. Jacqueline Patterson is the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. In addition to her work in environmental and climate justice, Jacqueline works on women's rights, violence against women, HIV and AIDS, racial justice, and economic justice.

There will be multiple student panels open to undergraduate and graduate students. Click the button below to apply to present your project or research at the Student Conference! Applications to present are due January 31, 2018, and all applicants will be notified of final decisions on or before February 8, 2018.

Click here to submit an abstract

The student conference is free, open to the public, and will include breakfast, lunch, and a networking reception with raffle prizes. If you have any questions about applying to present or attending the event, please contact the Office of International Programs at


8:30 AM         Registration and Breakfast 
9:15 AM         Welcome from the Provost 
9:30 - 11:00 AM         Concurrent Panel Session 1
11:15 AM - 12:45 PM         Concurrent Panel Session 2
12:45 PM         Lunch
1:15 - 2:45 PM         Keynote Speaker Jacqueline Patterson
3:00 - 4:30 PM         Concurrent Panel Session 3
4:30 - 5:30 PM         Reception and Raffle

How can you be involved?


Present! This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to gain experience presenting on an academic panel. The conference allows students to showcase their research or project relating to the theme “Climate & the Environment” to students, faculty, and community members. If you are considering presenting at the conference, submit an abstract using the form above


Bring your class! The conference offers a valuable look at the research and projects of Drexel students. Faculty are encouraged to incorporate the conference into their class to open discussions relating to “Climate & the Environment” and to expose students to the research conducted by their peers. The conference can serve as an extra credit opportunity or a class field trip, if the class is within the timeframe of the conference.

Apply to be a moderator! Faculty are encouraged to apply for a moderator position to lead the panel discussions. This opportunity allows faculty to interact with key student researchers at Drexel and other universities.


Attend! The conference is an opportunity to think critically about one of the world’s most demanding themes. Attendees can learn about how changes in climate are currently impacting the environment, how students are involved in researching these changes, and how we can change our behaviors to adapt to these changes. Additionally, the conference offers a unique networking opportunity between students, faculty, community members, and professionals, such as keynote speaker Jacqueline Patterson from the NAACP.

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