2022 Conference themes:

The Sustainable on the Go Conference (SOTG 2022) will focus on three themes, while gendereducation for sustainable development, and Indigeneity, are considered cross-cutting issues in all conversations. 

  1. Sustainable and inclusive global learning fostering diversity and equity in internationalization: How can universities ensure that all students, regardless of their socio-economic or cultural background, are empowered and supported to participate in international education and global learning opportunities? Acknowledging that racism and other forms of discrimination are present in higher education and represent crucial sustainability challenges, what are universities doing to create better systems and to provide equitable opportunity?  
  2. Connecting the local and global classrooms: While the pandemic virtually connected many of us, local teaching and learning is often not yet put into global context and vice versa. How can we include the broad range of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) pedagogical strategies in meaningful ways to create ongoing reflection of what our local experience means in a broader understandingHow can we embed an even stronger sustainability focus into specific concepts, such as Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) and Globally Network Learning (GNL), when in-person opportunities return to campuses?  What are new or innovative forms of pedagogy in different regions to specifically address diversity, equity and other sustainability themes? How have assessment models and practices evolved during the pandemic? 
  3. Local and global community engagement: What are the roles and responsibilities of students or alumni of higher education in their local communities? How do we empower and prepare students for continued community and global engagement post-graduation? What skills do students need to navigate a post-pandemic job market? How effective has virtual community involvement proven to be during COVID-19? What lessons have we learned and what needs to change?  

Objectives  

  1. Discussing COVID-19's impact on sustainable and inclusive internationalization: What have we learned? What would we like to continue and move forward post COVID-19? What would we like to leave behind us?  
  2. Contributing to the future vision of sustainable and inclusive internationalization and mobility, informed by the cross-cutting issues of gender, education for sustainable development, and Indigeneity 
  3. Providing a platform for dialogue on the role of ethical internationalization in higher education for the entirety of the SDGs including the sharing of innovative programs and practices in global learning. 
  4. Including different speakers and audiences, especially historically underrepresented stakeholders by facilitating their participation and highlighting their contributions towards the future of internationalization in higher education. 
  5. Sharing experiences from implementing the commitments of the Toronto Declaration.  

Interested?  How can you get involved?  

York University and partners are looking for contributors such as moderators, speakers, rapporteurs, artists, and volunteers to contribute and to support the conference: 

  • Contributors, moderators, speakersfacilitators, and rapporteurs:  who are interested to lead and guide theme-based virtual discussion during the conference based on their professional expertise and interest and able to speak English or French fluently. How to apply: Upload your letter of motivation (max. 1 page) implying your interest to participate as moderators, facilitators and rapporteurs as well as your resume stating your expertise.  
  • Sharing case studies or projects in one of the three themes of the conference:  presentations/ contributionsthat can be shared in various formats at the conference (including pre-recorded poster presentations) or as part of the side events How to apply: Share your story in an appropriate format. As we are looking for various ways of bringing innovative learning, connections between local and global ideas and student community engagement into the classroom, there is no fixed format for sharing your insight. Read the SOTG 2022 Criteria for Contributions.
  • Artists: storytellers, influencers, poets, writers, painters, musicians, performers, singers, to interpret and translate conference themes and SDGs into artistic expressions and creative contributions to share with the attendees and the wider public post-conference. How to apply: Share a glimpse of your art in an appropriate format for live or pre- recorded presentation during the conference. Read the SOTG 2022 Criteria for Contributions.
  • Volunteer: We are also looking for volunteers in various roles to support the virtual event. How to apply: Motivational statements (max. 1 page), especially from tech-savvy people of all ages. If applicable, please share your experience using Hopin.

Apply to Get Involved

Timelines 

  • Launch of the call: 27th October 2021 
  • Submission deadline:  6th December 2021    
  • Acceptance Communication:  17th December 2021 
  • Conference: 24th January 2022 

Conference contact 

If you have any questions, please reach out to Mario Guerrero (he/him), Project Officer, York International, via email: sotg@yorku.ca.