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Global Youth Summit

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Approximately 160 high school students and 60 educators came to the 4th annual Wisconsin Global Youth Summit on February 20, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Institute of World Affairs.

Students registering at Global Youth Summit
“Being a part of the Global Youth Summit 2016 has been an honor,” said one participating student. “I feel more globally focused than ever. I feel like I have been empowered and challenged to change the world.” Photo: UW-Milwaukee

UW-Milwaukee undergraduate and graduate students from seven different countries facilitated a day of activities for the high school students exploring world languages, cross-cultural diversity, and service opportunities to engage in global issues.

Exploring the global migration crisis, the participants listened to students from Milwaukee High School of the Arts as they shared their refugee journeys to the United States. The day culminated in service projects to support refugees in Milwaukee and abroad.

Educators took part in a separate track of globally focused professional development, including service-learning and discussions about advancing global education in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Global Youth Summit was sponsored by the Department of Public Instruction, Global Wisconsin, and the UW-Milwaukee’s Center for International Education and Institute of World Affairs. The event was supported with Title VI National Resource Center funds from the U.S. Department of Education.